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Duminy goes wire-to-wire at Nomads SA Boys U17

2019-07-04 19:32
Jordan Duminy (Michael Sheenan)
Jordan Duminy (Michael Sheenan)

St Francis Bay - Mossel Bay junior Jordan Duminy slept on the lead for two straight nights and on Thursday, he claimed a dominant seven-shot victory at the Nomads SA Boys Under-17 Championship at St Francis Links.

The 16-year-old put the South African golfing fraternity on alert in March when he chased former No 1-ranked Wilco Nienaber all the way to the 36th hole in the South African Amateur Match Play final in March.

He impressed with a top 14 finish in the East of Ireland Open Amateur at County Louth and again when he reached the match play stage in The Amateur Championship at Portmarnock in June, but never has the GolfRSA National Squad member been more impressive than over 54 holes at the Jack Nicklaus signature course.

Duminy accelerated through the field with a stunning seven-under-par 65 on day one - improving the 13 year amateur course record by one shot and setting a new junior course record.

The Louis Oosthuizen Junior Golf Academy member kept his five-shot overnight lead intact with a level par 72 in the second round and capped off the week with a final round two-under 70 for a truly magnificent wire-to-wire victory on nine-under 207.

Duminy credited the recent GolfRSA National Squad Tour to Ireland and Scotland for his good run of form.

“I’m really so pleased with this win and with the way I managed my game this week,” he said.

“My ball-striking was great and the putter was hot, but mostly, it was course management that got me to the winner’s circle.

“We played on top ranked courses and I learned a lot from watching the Brits. You can’t put a price on what I learned from competing over there. The course were a lot tighter and the wind didn’t blow half as much as what we had to face in Ireland and Scotland. It definitely helped me here. I played the course far more strategically this week than I’ve ever played this course before.”

A steady front nine, highlighted by a trio of birdies, kept him clear of the chasing pack, led by Dimension Data Junior Open champion Christiaan Maas.

“I had quite a big lead, so I knew if I could make a few birdies and keep my card clean, I could pull it through,” Duminy said.

“I didn’t need to do anything fancy. I birdied two, five and six, but I had a soft bogey after I hit my drive short of the bunker at the par three (7th) and two-putted.”

Duminy started the homeward loop with a seven-shot lead. He voided a drop at the par five 13th with a huge birdie putt at 14, and boxed a 12-footer at the 17th to go eight shots clear on 10-under.

“I had 150 metres flag after a decent drive the par five (13th), but I misjudged the wind and hit my 4-iron into the water.

“At 15, I drove it a bit too far right and I couldn’t see the flag. I hit a knock-down sand-wedge from 117 metres in. The ball pitched into the hill and sat down. I had 25 feet to the hole and I aimed it a foot left and rolled it in.”

His tee shot into the par three 17th pitched 12 feet from the hole and he made the birdie putt to move to 10-under.

“On 18, my second pitched short of the green. I chipped it, trying to use the slope at the back of the green, but it didn’t quite come off and I left myself with a 10-foot downhill putt. I barely touched the ball, and it ran straight past the hole. It wasn’t great finishing with a bogey, but I’ll take it.”

Just before he started the final round, Duminy received news that set him up for a great day.

“I am hoping to make the 12-man team International Team for the Junior Presidents Cup in December and I found out that I’ve moved into 12th place after the amateur golf world rankings were updated on Wednesday,” he said.

“Hopefully this win will boost my rankings a bit more.

“It’s still a long way to the cut-off in September, but I am really hoping I will get to represent South Africa in Australia with the other GolfRSA juniors.”

Pretoria Country Club’s Maas returned an even-par 72 to finish in second on five-under, CJ van Wyk from Fancourt carded 73 to take third on two-over and former Sun City Challenge Under-15 champion Jaden Deltel finished a further stroke back in fourth after posting 71.

GolfRSA National Squad duo Yurav Premlall (73) and Nash de Klerk (71) rounded out the top five with South African Golf Development Board member Rori Nkosi (70) from Pecanwood and Pretoria Country Club’s Tobias Jan de Flamingh (74).

Final result

207 - Jordan Duminy 65 72 70

214 - Christiaan Maas 73 69 72

218 - C.J van Wyk 68 77 73

219 - Jaden Deltel 73 75 71

222 - Yurav Premlall 76 73 73; Nash de Klerk 74 77 71; Rorisang Nkosi(Jnr) 73 79 70; Tobias Jan de Flamingh 71 77 74

223 - Jonathan Wilsenach 75 73 75; Hannes Strooh 72 78 73; Malan Potgieter 72 78 73; Tom Addy AUS 72 76 75

227 -Casey Jarvis 78 75 74; Mitchel Hampson 73 78 76

228 - Jordan Jung AUS 78 77 73; Jaime Clive Lewis 73 77 78

229 -Eddie Ward AUS 78 74 77; Kayle Wykes 76 71 82; Dylan Melville 71 81 77

230 - Herman du Plessis 78 76 76; Amilkar Bhana 76 80 74

231 - Brandon Weir 75 82 74; Ian Pienaar AUS 75 76 80

232 - Jacob Dundas AUS 82 77 73; Christopher Gutuza 75 81 76

233 - Luke Cubitt 80 79 74; Dean Wilken 77 77 79

234 - Emerson Bam 82 78 74; Reece Dyer 79 77 78; Matthew Lotz 76 78 80; Christopher Bagnall 75 74 85

235 - Bernard Meyer (Jnr) 81 77 77; Christian Lewis 78 78 79; Luke Truter 76 81 78

236 - Lyle Pedro 83 77 76; Christiaan Heyman 79 82 75; Kael Kurt Strydom 74 86 76; Jordan Wessels 71 81 84

237 - Joshua Bürki 82 81 74; Ivan Verster 82 80 75; Fabrizio de Abreu 77 82 78; Angelo Keffers 77 78 82; Meekah de Sousa 76 78 83; Nico Booyens 75 91 71

239 - Matthew Dennis 82 81 76; Heinrich Appel 78 82 79; Jack Cubitt 78 80 81; Justin Behrens 77 81 81

240 - Ali Rachid AUS 83 84 73; Michael Ferreira 81 80 79

241 - Jaco Anderson 83 77 81; Craig Jacobs 77 90 74; Jean Louis du Plessis 76 80 85; Thobelani Magwaza 74 84 83

242 - Giaconi Middel 85 79 78; Hezron Frieslaar 84 84 74; Hannes Conradie 84 81 77; Travis Procter 81 84 77; Filip Sakota 81 76 85

243 - Caden Sanders 83 78 82; Astin Wade Arthur 82 79 82; Tristan Leonard 80 81 82; John-William Blomerus 77 85 81

244 - Zander Lombard 82 81 81; TJ Sandys 81 81 82; Keagan Crosbie 80 85 79; Enzo Barbaglia 76 81 87

246 - Ferdinand Roth (jnr) 81 79 86; Ulrich Steinhobel 80 88 78

247 - Danny Wattrus 82 82 83; Alric Rowaan Rooi 81 81 85

248 - Nicholas Lewis 85 81 82; Pieter Joubert 85 79 84; Jere Brits 84 85 79; Joshua Hirsch 79 91 78

249 - Kyle Conradie 86 82 81; Tiaan Hugo 83 85 81; Mujahid Jacobs 78 84 87

250 - Ronan Nortje 81 85 84

251 - Agib Aubrey Hughes 94 78 79; William Joseph Lyons 88 86 77; Tiaan Diedericks 87 78 86; Andrew Long 84 89 78; Joshua Sansom 77 89 85

252 - Werner Potgieter 91 77 84; Joshua Osner 88 83 81

253 - James Fraser 83 79 91

254 - Declan Brews 84 79 91; Tiaan Tibshraeny 80 86 88

255 - Joshua Koekemoer 89 78 88; Josh Wilmot 82 84 89; WJ Annandale 81 90 84

256 - Jan Petrus Lion-Cachet 82 84 90

259 - Pieter Bronkhorst 86 85 88

262 - Ruwan van der Watt 82 91 89

263 - Gean Lategan 84 89 90

264 - Jayson Borcher 98 79 87

265 - Matt Walters 90 83 92; Percy Hawken 85 96 84

266 - Schalk van Wyk Jnr 91 86 89

268 - Jan-Hendrik Nieuwoudt 94 85 89

274 - Heinrich Strauss 90 86 98

275 - Matthew Mortimer 93 93 89

276 - Heinrich Laas 95 85 96

280 - Divan Visagie 101 95 84

281 - Blake Botes 94 93 94; Matthew Dippenaar 88 95 98

284 - Zamokuhle Nxasana 98 97 89

289 - Daniel Gerrits 98 94 97

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