MIDDELBURG, 6 July 2018 – Winning multiple Nomads SA Boys Championships is a rare feat. In fact, only one junior has managed to win all four SA Boys titles in South African golf history.
Jayden Schaper achieved this exceptional accomplishment with his double triumph in the Under-19 Championship at Langebaan Country Club last year. Now GolfRSA National Squad player Casey Jarvis is just one tournament away from joining fellow Ekurhuleni junior Schaper in the exclusive SA Boys ‘Grand Slam Club’.
The 14-year-old from Boksburg left a another significant footprint in South African junior golf with his victory in the Nomads SA Boys Under-17 Championship in Mpumalanga on Friday.
Jarvis, who captured the SA Boys Under-13 title in at Royal Durban Golf Club in 2015, won the SA Boys Under-15 at Kingswood in January.
He demonstrated why he is considered one of the dominant forces in junior golf this year when he closed out victory on 10-under 206 at Middelburg Country Club. The 2017 English Under-14 Boys champion barely broke sweat as he fired eight birdies in the final round for a flawless 64 to win by two shots from Gauteng golfer Cole Stevens.
“I’m stoked about this win, because I had to come from behind to take the title,” gushed the delighted Jarvis. “The conditions were really tough in the morning with an ice cold wind blowing, and the wind never let up throughout the day.
“I hit my irons and wedges really good and I gave myself opportunities to score. The putter worked well too, although I left a few out there. Every time I was in trouble, I hit great recovery shots and made key par-saves to keep the momentum going. That was the key to my win.”
Jarvis headed into the final round five shots behind joint leaders Martin Voster and Ryan van Velzen on seven-under, but threw down the gauntlet early on with a birdie-birdie start. He shortened the gap on the frontrunners with further gains at six and eight.
“I hit lob-wedge to five foot and made the putt at the first” said Jarvis. “I pulled a 6-iron left of the green at the second, but I made a good up-and-down for birdie.
“I hit a lob-wedge close at the third. The ball spun off the green, but I made a good up-and-down to save par. At six, I hit an 8-iron straight at the pin and nearly holed out. I boxed the five-footer for birdie and tapped in for birdie at eight after hitting another good lob-wedge close to the pin.”
Jarvis pencilled in four more red numbers on the homebound loop at 12, 15, 16 and 18.
“I drained a 15-footer for birdie at 12, made a good up-and-down for par at 13 and nearly boxed a downhill putt at 14 for birdie,” he said. “My first putt on 15 ran 10 foot past, but I holed the return.
“I hit 6-iron into the bunker at 16, but I hit a great trap shot to two foot and made the birdie putt. I knew I had a one shot lead, so it wasn’t the time to get fancy. So I laid up with a 7-iron at 17, hit it 20 foot and two-putted for par.
“On the last hole, I hit my drive into the trees right. The ball dropped straight down and I had a tricky lie, but I could see the pin. I hit my best shot of the day, a great punch shot that finished two foot right of the hole. It was really awesome to finish with a birdie.
“Everyone is asking about the Nomads SA Boys Under-19 title now. Of course I want to win it, but it’s never a good idea to get ahead of yourself. I just want to enjoy this win with my family and my coach, Grant Veenstra for now; plenty of time in the future.”
Stevens from Parkview was six-under and one off the pace at the start of the final round. The South African Golf Development Board golfer had five gains for a two-under 70 that saw him finish alone in second.
Vorster from Southern Cape golfer took third on six over with a 73, and Gauteng junior Kieron van Wyk – another member of the South African Golf Development Board – posted 71 to finish in sole fourth on five under.
Van Velzen from Ekurhuleni closed with 76 to tie for fifth with first round pacesetter Samuel Simpson from Western Province, who registered a final round 71.
Ayden Senger from Western Province finished seventh on 214, Gauteng North’s Christiaan Maas was eighth on 215 and Ekurhuleni’s Yurav Premlall rounded out the top 10 with Alessio Graziani from Gauteng North on one-over-par 217.
Final Result (top 20)
206 Casey Jarvis 71 71 64
208 Cole Stevens 69 69 70
210 Martin Vorster 67 70 73
211 Kieron van Wyk 67 73 71
213 Ryan van Velzen 70 67 76; Samuel Simpson 65 77 71
214 Ayden Senger 72 68 74
215 Christiaan Maas 68 72 75
217 Yurav Premlall 69 76 72; Alessio Graziani 67 73 77
218 Grant Ferreira 68 79 71
219 Liam van Deventer 71 73 75
220 Daniel van Seumeren 75 76 69; Nash de Klerk 73 75 72
221 Kyle Kistensamy 73 76 72; Marcus Taylor 70 70 81
223 Jaden Deltel 75 72 76; Hannes Strooh 73 75 75
224 Brandon Weir 74 74 76; Francois Jansen van Rensburg 74 71 79
PHOTO – Casey Jarvis won the 2018 Nomads SA Boys Under-15 Championship by two shots on 10-under 206 at Middelburg Country Club; credit GolfRSA.