Three South African girls will join a strong field at the Golf Club Heddesheim in Weinheim, Germany this week where the Harder German Junior Masters celebrate their 10th anniversary. Lara Weinstein, Bianca Theron and Kelly Erasmus accompanied by WGSA President, Cynthia Rayner, are ready to test their skills against their international peers. Last year’s winner Lynn Carlsson from Sweden, as well as Isabell Gabsa from Ulm, Emily Kristine Pedersen from Denmark and last year’s runner-up Marina Stütz from Austria are certainly favourites. However, Lara Weinstein won the South African leg of this series, the KeNako SA World Juniors in March this year, and will be looking at adding this title to her list before she writes her final matric exams. Lynn Carlsson’s winning score of 5 under par last year is an indication of what this tournament demands from the girls.

Twenty different nations will be represented this year: Chile, Denmark, Germany, England, France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Sweden, South-Africa, Thailand, Hungary and the USA. South-America, represented by Chile, is participating for the first time. The World Junior Golf Series is an international tour structure designed to showcase the best junior players (ages 12-19) on the world stage and currently includes 4 events which are played in Germany, USA, South Africa and Poland.

A total of 120 players (75 boys and 45 girls) will compete over 54 holes, with no cut, from the 7th to the 9th August. Seven South African boys, who are hoping to follow in Branden Grace’s footsteps when he won this event in 2006, are also participating. Live scoring is available via the website.

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