Juniors enjoy hot and humid Jakarta

Fast greens and exceptionally hot and humid weather made conditions difficult for the four South African juniors competing in the Jakarta World Junior Championships being played in Indonesia this week.

The boys, Victor Lange and Tristen Strydom played their second round today while the girls, Lara Weinstein and Bianca Theron have only completed one round.

At the half-way stage of this 72 hole stroke play event for the boys, Victor in Class A (15 – 17 years) is lying tied 10th on 152 (77, 76) while Tristen is 11th in Class B (13-14 years) on 157 (78, 79).

The girls’ event is 54 holes and Erica Lefson reports, “Lara started the day with a par and then double-dropped on hole two after which she had a perfect run of solid golf – hitting fairways and greens in regulation – great to watch and then on the 15th (par 3) the wind came up – and her tee shot was short ending up with a four. And then playing amen corner around the water, she dropped shots at 16 and 18 to end up with a 77 and tied sixth.

“Bianca had a great start – also dropping on the second – but also played solid golf until the ninth where she dropped another shot turning two over. But nerves in her first tournament abroad came into play and just could not get used to the greens. She dropped a string of shorts with a bit of relief at the 17th which she birdied and again dropped on 18 to finish on 81, tied 15th.

The championship continues tomorrow, Thursday 9 June with the final 18 holes being played on Friday. There are also team events for boys and girls and scores in all rounds will count.


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