MOSSEL BAY, 13 September 2016 – Louis Oosthuizen’s young protégées stayed the course to celebrate wire-to-wire success in the Louis Oosthuizen SA Junior Golf Championship at Mossel Bay Golf Club on Tuesday.
The five stroke victory was an emotional one for Martin Vorster, Christo Lamprecht, Marcus Smal and Jordan Duminy, who have thrived under the watchful eye of the 2010 Open Champion at the Louis 57 Junior Golf Academy.
“Twelve months ago, this quartet suffered a painful loss in the final round of the 2015 edition and after the first two rounds, we were leading by four shots and everyone was thinking the same thing,” said team manager Petrie Cronje.
“We were in exactly the same position when Modderfontein Golf Club pipped us at the post. This time around, every member of the team was determined to see it through to the end.
Vorster, Lamprecht and Smal combined for an opening 221 to put the Louis 57 Junior Golf Academy in pole position and the same trio constructed a second round 225 to stay ahead of the pursuing pack.
Lamprecht fired a 71 and Smal and Duminy posted a pair of 73s for a final round 217 that secured the five shot victory for the team.
“The boys showed incredible spirit and all four players won this for Louis,” Cronje said. “It meant so much to them to win Louis’ event, because he has been a part of their lives and careers for a long time. Louis is very hands-on with the academy members and follows every step of their development.
“Winning here at Mossel Bay Golf Club makes this victory even more special. This is where Louis shot that legendary 57 in 2002, this is where the idea of the Louis 57 Golf Academy was born and this is where Louis committed to take his passion for junior golf to the next level with the launch of Louis Oosthuizen SA Junior Club Championship.
“I know Louis is going to burst with pride when he hears about this victory and he will know, this one was just for him.”
The Louis 57 Junior Golf Academy finished on 663, Fancourt Country Club took second on 668 and Durbanville Golf Club finished in third on 677.
663 Louis 57 Golf Academy
668 Fancourt CC
677 Durbanville GC
677 Paarl GC
684 Somerset West GC
686 States Mines CC
699 Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC
701 Cotswold Downs
714 Akasia CC
720 Klerksdorp GC
722 Middelburg GC
725 Modderfontein GC
743 Ebotse Links