GEORGE, 23 June 2019 – A bogey-free four-under 68 catapulted Christiaan Maas to the top of the standings in the Dimension Data Junior Open, while Fabrizio de Aubreu surged to a two-shot lead in the Under-15 Challenge at Fancourt on Sunday.
Both courses took a heavy beating with substantial downpours on Friday and Saturday, which compelled GolfRSA tournament director David Younge to take pity on the young guns.
“Both courses are playing extremely long and with more rain forecast in the first round, we decided to set the courses up a bit shorter than usual,” Younge said. “As expected, the cream rose to the top, with most of the leading players on both course in the current top 20 of the Junior Under-19 and Under-15 rankings.”
Maas racked up a quartet of birdies to set the pace at Fancourt’s Montagu Course.
The Pretoria Country Club junior will have to keep his foot on the pedal, though, when the Under-19 action moves to the Montagu Course for Monday’s second round.
GolfRSA National Squad member Cole Stevens from Central Gauteng, local favourite Ben van Wyk, fellow Gauteng North golfer Zandre Labuschagne and Bridge Fund Managers Junior Series champion Louis Loubser from are hot on his heels in joint second on three-under, with Malan Potgieter from Eastern Province also within striking distance on two-under.
Du Abreu also made the most of the less demanding set-up on Sunday and fired four birdies in a flawless tour of the Outeniqua Course.
The Woodhill teen has maintained a steady rise to 13th in the Under-15 rankings since his breakthrough in the Sun City Under-13 Challenge last June. He claimed a top 10 finish in the Nomads SA Boys Under-15 Championship in January and in April, the South African junior came out on top in his age category at the 2019 Kids Australian Open at the Riverside Oaks Golf Resort.
Western Province junior Jack Buchanan opened with a two-under 70 to finish two off the pace.
South African Golf Development Board protégée TJ Sandys, Phil Snyman, Michael Ferreira and Filip Sakota – who both featured in the final group of the Sun City Under-15 Challenge last week – are a further shot adrift in joint third.
Werner Potgieter from East London Golf Club stayed in touch with a 72, and Leopard Park’s Jordan Wessels, who won the Under-15 Division at the Gary Player Country Club last Friday, is also in the mix after carding 73.
Dimension Data Junior Open – Round 1
68 Christiaan Maas
69 Cole Stevens; Zandre Labuschagne; Louis Loubser; Ben van Wyk
70 Malan Potgieter
71 Nash de Klerk; Kyle Kistensamy; James Murray; Nikhil Gopal; Liam Ross; Lyle Pedro
72 Damian Osner; Kieron van Wyk; Nikhil Rama; Barend Botha; Tobias Jan de Flamingh
73 Ayden Senger; Ian Pautz; C.J van Wyk; Jean Pierre van der Watt; Marcus Taylor; Amilkar Bhana
74 Romain Legentil; Sean Paxton; Hezron Frieslaar; Francois Cilliers; Kayle Wykes
75 Alessio Graziani; Daniel van Seumeren; Angelo Keffers
76 Francois Jansen van Rensburg; Brandon Weir; Hayden Morgan-Evens; Reece Coleman
77 Angus Klintworth; Drikus Joubert; Hermanus Meyer (Jnr); Tiago Swart; Jan-Hendrik Nieuwoudt; Matthew Dennis
78 Darren Neyt; Samual Mckenzie
79 Max Hansen; Jaden Deltel; Jonathan Wilsenach; Zander Lombard; Dylan Melville; Alric Rowaan Rooi; Emerson Bam; Christopher Bagnall; Kael Kurt Strydom
80 Hannes Strooh; Tiaan van der Bank; Craig Jacobs
81 Eben Spangenberg
82 Lumkile Mantshiyo; Herman du Plessis; Joshua Wiese
83 Jarryd Elliott; Enzo Barbaglia; Carl Mwale; Keyan Loubser
85 Matthew Mc Carthy; John-William Blomerus
86 Andrew Inggs; Joshua Osner; Dylan Snyman
87 Francois Sidney Theron
88 Zamokuhle Nxasana
89 Thobelani Magwaza
94 Logan Bartholomew
Dimension Data Under-15 Challenge – Round 1
68 Fabrizio de Abreu
70 Jack Buchanan
71 TJ Sandys; Michael Ferreira; Phil Snyman; Filip Sakota
72 Werner Potgieter
73 Jordan Wessels
74 Ockert Brits; Agib Aubrey Hughes
75 Juan Human; Liam James Marais; Dujuan Snyman
76 Matthew Lotz; Tyron Groenveld; Juan Barnard; Bernhard Köster
77 Joshua Marais; Corne Jansen
78 Jack Brugman; Luc Gavagnin
79 Stefano Marchetti; William Reyneke; Tiaan Hugo; Boston Franks; Tian Malherbe; Ryan Melville; Vian Jansen van Vuuren
80 Janko van der Merwe; Nicholas Lewis
81 Heinrich Haasbroek; Pearce Nash Lewin; Danie Jooste
82 Ruben Jansen van Rensburg; Hunter Walker; Ross Campbell
83 Ryan Koekemoer; Zander Nel
84 Schalk van Wyk Jnr; Rowan Lindeque
85 Jason Brooks
87 James Peter Joubert
88 Nathan Jacobs; Ian Barnard
90 Zandro Kleynhans
93 Reece Brown; Sebastian Dorward
PHOTOS – Christiaan Maas led the first round of the Dimension Data Junior Open, while Fabrizio du Abreu took pole position in the Under-15 Challenge at Fancourt; credit Ernest Blignault.