CAPE TOWN, 28 January 2017 – National pride will take precedence when the country’s top ranked juniors line up in two prestigious international championships in February and March.
Golf RSA has named the leading four juniors on the South African Golf Association Junior Rankings – Christo Lamprecht, Luca Filippi, Garrick Higgo and Jayden Schaper – for the upcoming African Amateur Championship at Leopard Creek and the 2017 All-Africa Junior Golf Championship in Zimbabwe from 28 – 31 March.
“The junior team will represent South Africa in the 36-hole team competition that runs concurrently with the first two rounds of the African Amateur Championship from 28 February to 3 March,” said SAGA Golf Integration Manager Eden Thompson..
“The quartet will then take up South Africa’s title defence in the All-Africa Junior Golf Championship at the Royal Harare Golf Club in Zimbabwe.
“This marks the first year that the boys and girls tournaments will be played simultaneously and the winners of both events qualify to participate in the prestigious Toyota Junior Golf World Cup in Japan later this year.
“Our juniors will not only be aiming to protect South Africa’s undefeated record in this event as they chase down the country’s 19th consecutive title, but they will also want to secure that all-important start for South Africa in Japan.
“We are excited to see how our juniors will handle themselves at events of this stature. All four players performed exceptionally well in 2016 and richly deserve their selection to the national team.
“Luca was a member of the junior team that competed in the first African Amateur Championship last year and we delighted to award national colours to our new caps Christo, Garrick and Jayden this year.”