SA team 3rd in Mexico and Bertine cracks 7 distinctions in matric!

Bertine Strauss (78) and Tiffany Avern-Taplin (79) placed South Africa in third position after round one of the Mexican Amateur Championships being played at the Club de Golf Vallescondido in Mexico City from 5 to 8 January. Bertine’s score on her 19th birthday included a triple drop – but as she heads into round two, she will have forgotten the error as she celebrates her seven distinction matric pass announced today.

Mexico’s Margarita Ramos leads the individual field on 72, China’s Ying Luo is in second place on 75 and the South Africans Bertine and Tiffany are in tied 5th and tied 7th positions respectively. Mexico leads the International Pairs Competition on 154, China is one behind on 155 and South Africa is in third place on 157.

Two hours after she had finished celebrating her birthday yesterday, Bertine received the news that she had achieved seven distinctions in her matric exam, the lowest percentage being for Science at 85%. Her other results were Afrikaans 86%, English 87%, Maths 89%, Life Skills 93%, Accounting 89% and Biology 86%.

The 19-year-old made the decision last year to be unavailable for international selection and participated in very few provincial events so that she could concentrate on her studies. The sacrifice paid off and she is now able to enjoy her golf and regain her ranking before she heads off to The University of Texas in Austin in the USA in September.

The second round of the Mexican Championships will be played today with the final round on Saturday.

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