SA cruising at Argentinean Amateur

South Africa’s Gerlou Roux claimed a comprehensive victory and countryman Callum Mowat sent his opponent packing at the 19thhole to advance to the second round of the Argentine Amateur Championship at Martindale Golf Club in Pilar, Argentina.

The South Africans are among just 13 foreigners still standing in the field of 32 first round survivors.

Roux carded rounds of 70 and 71 to secure a sixth place ranking in the match play with a tie for fifth on three-under-par 141 in the Stroke Play qualifier on Wednesday. Mowat opened with a 71, but limped home in 80 in the second round to slip to joint 39th.

Western Province’s Roux took little time to eliminate the 59th ranked Lucas Pabon from Argentina 6&4 and the South African number three will face 38th ranked Jose Chon in Friday’s second round.

Meanwhile Mowat beat the 25th seed, Ignacio Garmendia, but could be in for a tough battle against Spain’s David Ayra, who partnered Mario Aguilar to victory in the Juan Carlos Tailhade Cup on Sunday.

The Argentine Amateur Championship was first played in 1904 and is the seventh oldest amateur championship in the world.

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