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Ekurhuleni held on for a popular home win in the Nomads SA Under-13 Championship, edging Border by seven strokes at ERPM Golf Club.

Team manager Helgaard Coetzee dedicated the victory to late South African Golf Association president Martin Saaiman, who passed away in August.

โ€œMartin was a former president of the Ekurhuleni Golf Union and he was deeply invested in junior golf development,โ€ said Coetzee. โ€œHe was extremely passionate about our juniors and he knew all the boys on the team, so this is quite an emotional win for us. Weโ€™d like to dedicate this victory to Martin, who would have been very proud of their achievement.โ€

Ekurhuleni last won the team competition in 2016 at Killarney Country Club.

โ€œWe really wanted to win this one at home, so we were inspired with our strong start; the team combined for 395 and we were just one off the pace from Border,โ€ Coetzee said.

On day two, Juan Coetzee, Minjun Heo, Daniel Fourie, Michael John Botha and Charlton Theron posted a total of 385 and the host union hit the front.

Having opened up a healthy lead on the first round pace-setters, the young team kept it together for the final 18 holes, fending off a late charge from Border. Coetzee fired 72. Botha 74 and Heo 79, while Theron and Fourie returned respective rounds of 80 and 82. The sixth member of the team, Lisa Coetzer, registered a non-counting 90.

โ€œWhen we first arrived for our practice round, a lot of juniors got a bit of a fright when they saw how long the course was, but at the end of the day all the players have to play the same course,โ€ said Coetzee.

โ€œWith five out of six scores to count in this format, there isnโ€™t much room for error, so we just made sure that the guys played to their potential on the course and tried to make the whole event a fun environment.

โ€œEveryone on the team made a contribution this week and it is truly a team celebration.โ€

It was a particularly proud moment for the team and the manager and proud father, when Juan Coetzee made it an Ekurhuleni double with a dominant performance in the Individual Competition.

The 12-year-old from Serengeti Golf & Wildlife Estate fired the lowest round of the day in each of the three rounds โ€“ 72, 70 and 72 โ€“ to complete a wire-to-wire victory on two-under 214. Coetzee was also the only junior to finish the championship under par.

Ekurhuleniโ€™s Heo, Liam McKenna from Gauteng North and KwaZulu-Natalโ€™s Jamie Smith tied for second a distant 9 strokes adrift.

GolfRSA National Squad member Zinan Maimane from Gauteng North tied for fifth on nine-over with Ayden Bolton from Free State and Benjamin Weber, whose Border stablemate Kyle van der Bergh finished alone in eighth on 12-over.

Gauteng Northโ€™s Liam Thompson (13-over) and Booye Walters from Western Province (17-over) rounded out the top 10.



1167 Ekurhuleni

1174 Border

1181 KwaZulu-Natal 405

1183 Gauteng North

1208 Western Province

1212 Central Gauteng

1216 Boland

1242 North West

1335 Mpumalanga 459



214 Juan Coetzee 72 70 72

223 Liam Garard Mckenna 76 73 74; Jamie Smith 75 72 76; Minjun Heo 73 71 79

225 Zinan Maimane 78 71 76; Ayden Bolton 75 73 77; Benjamin Weber 75 72 78

228 Kyle van der Bergh 76 76 76

229 Liam Thompson 81 76 72

233 Booye Walters 79 79 75

234 Shaun Viljoen 84 69 81

235 Michael John Botha 81 80 74

236 Kaitlyn van de Vyver 85 75 76

237 Harry Clayton 83 78 76; Krisjan Potgieter 82 81 74; Schalk van Ettinger 81 77 79

238 Rikus Brink 84 76 78; Mawethu Bodlani 82 79 77; Wilan van der Berg 82 75 81

239 Arron Louw 78 84 77

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