Haydn Porteus wins the Africa Trophy in Scotland
WGSA’s Cynthia Rayner reports that Haydn Porteous, representing South Africa at the Junior Open played at Lundin Golf Club, Fife, Scotland, did his country proud by winning the Africa Trophy. The final round in this 54 hole stroke play event was contested in miserable conditions – wet, cold and windy – with the winner, Kenta Konishi, from Japan carding a final round of 72 yesterday and finishing two under par for the tournament on 211 (71, 68, 72). Haydn’s final total of 220 (70, 74, 76) seven over par put him tied sixth for the Championship.
A few players withdrew halfway through the final round because of the conditions, and Izel Pieters’ final round of 82 looked reasonable considering that three-quarters of the Gold Division players scored in the eighties and above (final score 244 – 83, 79, 82).
Playing in her first international event with 122 participants from 77 countries, Izel said that she had learned a lot and benefited immensely from the experience of international golf, competitive links golf and representing her country. She had also enjoyed meeting so many players from the many different countries.
The players have the opportunity of watching some of their favourite golfers from around the world tee up at St Andrews today when The Open commences on the Old Course.