Future stars set for Junior Africa Challenge at San Lameer

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Top young golfers from 52 countries will contest the SA Kids Junior Africa Challenge at San Lameer Country Club this week.

The age groups are boys Under-6 to Under-18 and girls Under-7 to Under-18. Players will participate in individual age groups except for the Under-15 to Under-18 age groups, which will be combined.

The event will be held over five days with Monday (28 August) being the official practice round with the official tournament rounds taking place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

A one-day team event on Friday, based on the Ryder Cup format, will also be played with South Africa as the host country competing against a team led by American, European, and international players for each age group.

The top two children per age group will represent South Africa against the top two international finishers per age group.

Last year’s competition saw Shelly Beach-based Simoné Ferreira win the girls Under-11 title, a feat local youngsters will look to replicate next week.

“San Lameer Country Club is delighted to once again be host to the Junior Africa Challenge presented by SA Kids Golf. We are very excited to welcome all 140 players and their families to our magnificent Estate for a week of golf and most importantly fun,” said San Lameer marketing and liaison co-ordinator, Jolanda Cloete.

“The Mark McNulty Junior Golf Foundation is proudly associated with San Lameer and is therefore very much involved with sponsorship of the event and will be again in 2018 whilst on Mr McNulty’s home course.

“As a touring professional, Mr McNulty strongly believes in the nine core values as set out by The First Tee, a youth development organisation in Florida, namely honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgement.”

SA Kids Golf Tournament Director Xolani Gambu said, “SA Kids Golf is proud to host the inaugural SA Kids Junior African Challenge at San Lameer Country Club.

“We had 137 players who participated last year at San Lameer and this year we have 140 players. The tournament is growing every year and for the first time, boys aged 15 to 18 will receive World Amateur Ranking Points.”

Photo by Justin Klusener Photography

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