SA pair with work to do in India

South African top junior Bianca Theron enjoyed a 13-shot swing on her opening 85 and vaulted to sixth in the Girls U-18 Division at the 5thAlbatross International Junior Golf Championship in Greater Noira, India.

Theron struggled off the tee on Wednesday, but managed to keep a reasonable reign on the bogeys with brilliant putting around the undulating greens at the Jaypee Greens Golf Club. But the Boland golfer underlined her top status with a solid tee to green game in the second round and rallied with a 72 to finish on 157.

Compatriot Cara Gorlei from Milnerton Golf Club also improved by two shots with a 77 to move to fifth in the standings, one shot better than Theron.

The two South Africans will have to dig deep in Friday’s final round though, to close the gap on pacesetter Jiwon Jeon, who tops the leaderboard at 141.

In the Boys U-18 Division, Bellville’s Altin van der Merwe pulled within striking distance of Indian pacesetter, Natchapol Srinoon.

Van der Merwe carded round of 74 and 73 to finish two shots behind Srinoon on 147.

Meanwhile Nomads SA Boys U-13 champion Galant opened with a 77 in his first international appearance but the 11-year-old from Belhar lost a little footing with a second round 80.

Galant is still well placed at 157, trailing by just five shots from joint leaders, Aadil Bedi and Harshjeet Singh Sethi.

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