The 6th event in the local 2023 Junior Championship Tour, the SOMERSET WEST Junior Championship, saw yet another different champion crowned – on this occasion 16-year-old Durbanville Golf Club member, Josh Daniels.

A fine level par 36 over the final 9 holes saw Josh home with a 73, from a host of players that were close on his heels. A birdie at the par 4 10th, cancelled out by a bogey at the par 3 15th, ended a fine steady performance, with players struggling in the cold and extremely windy conditions.

Ghery Rabie (Paarl) and Boston Franks (Steenberg) were the runners-up on a score of 75. Boston Franks had an opportunity of making it into a play-off, after a fine birdie 3 at the testing 17th hole, a disappointing 6 at the final hole saw his hopes flounder. Grouped together on 76 was Taahir Mallick (Rondebosch) and Seth Johannes (Bellville).

Other noteworthy results were in the B division where the winner was Ollie Malyon (Clovelly) on a gross 88, whilst the C division victor was Kazio de Leeuw (Atlantis), on 34 stableford points.

The U13A division was a tight affair with 12-year-old Keaton Filander (Strand) just edging out 10-year-old Louw Schoeman (Bellville) – Keaton recorded a gross 84. The U13B winner was the youngest player in the field, 8-year-old Max Fourie (Kuils River) on 28 stableford points.

Because the conditions were really testing, valuable course management lessons were learnt by all these young up and coming players.

Results (16)SOMERSET WEST Junior Championship 2023

The next WP Junior Golf event is the PRENTICE MEMORIAL Trophy on Monday the 10th of July at King David Mowbray Golf Club.

Qualifiers thus far for the WP Junior Golf 2023 Championship Tour Final are as follows, namely;

Divan Linde (70) – Parow Junior Championship
Taahir Mallick (72) – Kuils River Junior Championship
Henru Walters (67) – KD Mowbray Junior Championship
Jack Buchanan (65) – Bellville Junior Championship
Jungwi Lee (70) – Rondebosch Junior Championship
Josh Daniels (73) – Somerset West Junior Championship

Report by Peter Little