Strydom wins Glacier Junior Series Final
Gauteng North’s Tristen Strydom earned an all-expenses paid trip to the prestigious Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship in Florida after claiming the National Final of the Glacier Junior Series at Zebula Golf Estate.
Strydom shot rounds of 68, 72 and 69 to win by a single stroke on seven-under-par 209. He was tied for the lead with Rupert Kaminski before his birdie at the last.
In addition to his entry in the Orange Bowl, Strydom will also be given the chance to attend the World Elite Performance Golf Academy (WEPGA) in Florida in December, and join Dale Hayes on a trip to the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando in January 2015.
“I’m really looking forward to the trip. The Orange Bowl is the top junior event in the world, so you can’t ask for anything more,” said Strydom.
The win came in Strydom’s third and final appearance in the National Final.
“The Glacier Junior Series is so well run and to be part of it is a privilege for all of our junior golfers. I plan on turning pro in two or three years and this is really a great foundation for that.”
Strydom had to battle through a calf injury he sustained while playing touch rugby before the National Final.
“My calf was really sore. I struggled over the first nine holes and I couldn’t get anything going. Then after nine I just decided to put it out of my mind and play some golf.”
209 – Tristen Strydom 68 72 69
210 – Rupert Kaminski 74 67 69
212 – Dylan Naidoo 70 70 72
214 – Albert Venter 73 68 73
217 – David Meyers 73 75 69
218 – Jason Froneman 76 69 73; Marco Steyn 76 72 70 218
219 – Dylan Kok 75 71 73
221 – Tristan Hamilton 75 77 69