SA cements lead at All-Africa Junior

South Africa are perfectly poised to defend their title in the All-Africa Junior Golf Championships after extending their lead in the second round at Lusaka Golf Club on Wednesday.

The South Africans combined for a two-under-par 217 to lead at three under 435.

Keegan de Lange from Gauteng North fired a four-under-par 69 while Central Gauteng pair Marco Steyn and Dylan Naidoo both came home in 74 strokes.

Boland’s Herman Loubser carded a non-counting 75.

The defending champions lead Zimbabwe by 31 strokes, while Zambia held on for third on 471.

Zimbabwean trio Jack Allard, David Amm and Beki Ndlovu all returned 78s for a 234, while Tristan Brice set the tone for Zambia with a 75.

Gabriel Chibale and Kelvin Chibuye added a pair of 79s for 233, while Patrick Mwendapole carded Zambia’s non-counting 83.

“The tees were up a touch and conditions were very nice for scoring,” said national coach, Llewellyn von Leeuwen.

“Keegan delivered a very clinical performance. He executed game plan perfectly and picked up some birdies along the way to finish four under. Marco was striking the ball far better, but he was burning the edges all day long.

“Dylan didn’t have much going his way, but once again he played the par fives really well. If he can limit his mistakes on the par-three’s and fours, he will be able to post a really low one.

“Herman was in the perfect position through 12 holes to post a good score, but unfortunately he had a couple of momentum killer moments on the back stretch.

“Although we have a substantial lead, this is a very talented team and I don’t think we’ve seen them at their best yet. I look forward to them understanding what a little bit of smart and a lot of patience can do for your score.”

435 South Africa 218 217
466 Zimbabwe 232 234
441 Zambia 238 233
479 Kenya 237 240
485 Swaziland 245 240
496 Tunisia 252 244
501 Uganda 249 252
504 Namibia 258 246
527 Botswana 268 259
537 Mauritius 257 280

Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of the South African Golf Association.

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