Maas, De Aubreu set early pace at Fancourt

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.

Fabrizio du Abreu

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.

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