Cole Stevens and Christiaan Burke top the third round leaderboard in the 2018 Nomads SA Boys U-19 Stroke Play Championship; credit Ernest Blignault.

4 April 2018 – Two new faces emerged at the top of a packed leaderboard after third-round action wrapped up in the Nomads SA Boys U-19 Stroke Play Championship on Wednesday.

Cole Stevens from Central Gauteng and North West junior Christiaan Burke moved into pole position eight-under 208 at Woodhill Country Club after posting rounds of three-under-par 69.

Stevens made a double bogey start and dropped another shot at the sixth, but the Parkview junior rallied with birdies at seven and nine to turn one over. A pair of birdies at 14 and 15 got Stevens into red numbers and signed off with back-to-back birdies to edge into the joint lead.

Burke reeled in birdies at one and eight and further gains at 14 and 15 moved him clear of the field at nine-under, however, the Potchefstroom golfer lost the outright lead when he bogeyed the short 17th.

Stevens and Burke will carry a slender one shot lead into this afternoon’s final round over the reigning Sanlam SA Amateur champion Deon Germishuys and 2017 winner Christo Lamprecht.

Germishuys from Western Province moved up the leaderboard courtesy of a bogey-free 66, while first round leader Lamprecht from Southern Cape posted 71.

Defending champion Jayden Schaper stumbled early with a bogey at the second and surrendered his overnight lead with another pair at seven and eight. The Ebotse golfer dropped further shots at 13 and 14, but limited the damage to a round of 73 with three birdies over the last four holes.

Schaper will start the final round two off the pace in joint fifth alongside Werner Deyzel and Barend Botha. Deyzel from Gauteng North carded 69 and Botha from Southern Cape shot 70.

Round 3 Scores (top 20)
208 Cole Stevens 69 70 69; Christiaan Burke 68 71 69
209 Deon Germishuys 73 70 66; Christo Lamprecht Jnr 65 73 71
210 Werner Deyzel 71 70 69; Barend Botha 70 70 70; Jayden Schaper 69 68 73
211 Dino Capazario 71 71 69
212 Yurav Premlall 73 69 70
213 Martin Vorster 73 68 72; Shaun Jones 70 70 73
214 Jordan Duminy 71 73 70; David Amm ZIM 67 73 74
215 Ayden Senger 76 71 68
216 Casey Jarvis 75 72 69; Jordan Burnand 74 72 70; Samual Mckenzie 74 72 70; Max Hansen 74 71 71; Keegan Mclachlan 74 70 72; Saul Moss 73 65 78; Ryan van Velzen 71 73 72

 

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