Posted: 9th October 2014
Ekurhuleni junior Liam van Deventer delighted in a double celebration after the young gun scored a play-off victory in the prestigious Nomads SA Boys U-13 Championship and helped his team to win the Team Competition at Wingate Park Country Club on Wednesday.
Van Deventer was two off the pace from Southern Cape’s Jordan Duminy at the start of the final round, but the Germiston young gun reeled in four birdies to offset three dropped shots for a one-under-par 71 to set the clubhouse target at four-over-par 221.
Duminy from Mossel Bay birdied the second and bogeyed the fifth to stay in front, but after 12 straight pars, the Louis Oosthuizen Junior Golf Academy member dropped a shot at the par-five 18th to finish in a tie for lead at the end of regulation play.
The leaders finished the first extra hole in par, but during the third trip down the 18th, Van Deventer turned the tide in his favour. He timed his second shot perfectly and finished 20 meters before the green, while Duminy overshot the pin.
The Ekurhuleni junior chipped to six feet and drained the birdie putt for victory.
Meanwhile Yurav Premlall carded a 79, Zamokuhle Nxasana returned 82, Casey Jarvis registered an 82 and Jaryd Venter contributed an 84 to win the Team Competition.
The runner’s up last year, Ekurhuleni scored 392 in the first two rounds and combined for a 399 in the final round to defeat Central Gauteng by two shots.