Durbanville - Eagle Canyon’s Woo-Ju Son
leads the South African charge in the Girls Division of the South African
Juniors International (SAJI), while Free State golfer Steven le Roux blazed a
trail to the top of the Boys Division leaderboard at the 36-hole mark in the
Global Junior Golf Tour event at Durbanville Golf Club on Wednesday.
Son from Gauteng fired a superb
three-under-par 69 to share the second round lead with overnight leader, Azelia
Meichtry from Switzerland on two-under-par 142.
The Swiss junior started well with birdies
at the second, fifth and sixth holes. Son, who lagged two off the pace after an
opening 73, kept in touch with a pair of birdies on the front nine and another
gain at the par-five 11th.
Both players bogeyed the par-three 12th and
Son dropped another shot at the 13th, but the 14-year-old rallied with birdies
at 15 and 18 to set the early clubhouse target.
Meichtry also took advantage at the 15th,
but the reigning Nomads WGWP Junior champion gave two strokes back with bogeys
at the 16th and 18th.
The South African challenge is further
strengthened by defending champion Kaleigh Telfer, current number one ranked
Ivanna Samu, Eastern Province Championship winner Bianca Theron and Western
Province number one Cara Gorlei.
Telfer edged out fellow Ernie Els &
Fancourt Foundation member Theron for the title last year.
The Bryanston golfer started five strokes
off the pace, but notched five birdies for a 69 to finish in third on one over
Samu eagled the par-five 15th on her way to
a 70, Theron also registered a 70 and Gorlei joined her compatriots at four
over with a 69.
South Africa’s Le Roux collected a pair of
birdies on the front nine and caught fire with five birdies on the trot from
the 11th hole. He bogeyed the par-three 17th, but a sizzling six-under-par 66
was good enough to carry the 17-year-old to the top the leaderboard.
Le Roux leads at three under 141, but the
Schoemans Park golfer will have to keep a close eye on the man on his shoulder,
Marcus Helligkilde from Denmark.
The 2014 Danish Boys Championship runner-up
also reeled half-a-dozen birdies to trade off against four bogeys for a 70 and
lags just one shot off the pace.
South Africa’s Altin van der Merwe, who
lost the title bid to countryman Jovan Rebula last year, also threw his name in
the hat with an equally impressive 67.
Like Le Roux, the Western Province junior
only surrendered one shot when he bogeyed the par-three seventh.
Van der Merwe tied for third on one under
143 with Timo Vahlenkamp from Germany, who also dipped five strokes under par,
and Finland’s Sami Välimäki, who signed for an even-par 72.