JAKARTA – Kiera Floyd and Jordan Rothman celebrated third overall in the Girls Team Competition, while South African Golf Development Board duo Rori Nkosi and Keyan Loubser sealed a top 10 finish for South Africa in the Himbara World Junior Golf Championships, presented by Ciputra, in Indonesia on Friday.
Floyd from Ekurhuleni wrapped up a challenging week at Damai Inda Golf in North Jakarta with a fourth-place finish in the Girls B-Division. The 13-year-old Ebotse junior carded rounds of 75 and 72 and closed with a final round 78 for a 54-hole total of 226.
Rothman from Western Province fired a three-under 69 at the Pantal Indah Kapuk course to lead the first round. The Durbanville junior made a brilliant recovery from a mid-round stumble on day two to return a 77 and returned a final round 74 to finish fifth on her own on 220 in the Girls A Division.
The Bridge Fund Managers Junior Series winners combined for rounds of 144, 150 and 152 to finish third overall on 446 in the final team standings.
Nkosi from North West had a superb week tee to green, but the 13-year-old Pecanwood junior battled from start to finish on the slick and fast greens. Despite a frustrating week with the putter, Nkosi produced rounds of 87 78, 74, 81 in a tie for seventh on 320.
Loubser from Western Province was equally impressive around the championship layout.
The Bellville junior peppered the flagsticks, but like Nkosi and Floyd, he had his fair share of problems with the flat stick. Loubser carded rounds of 84, 79, 82 and 81 to grab a share of 26th on 326.
Nkosi and Loubser posted rounds of 162, 153, 163 and 168 to finish 10th overall in the Boys Team Competition.
“All four players felt that this experience was well worth it,” said Women's Golf South Africa vice-president Sarah Braude. “They agreed that the Pantai Indah Kapuk course is a great layout. They found it extremely challenging, but fun to play. Everyone struggled to come to terms with the hard and fast greens, which sped up considerably during the tournament.
“The juniors represented South Africa in an exemplary fashion, made many friends and acquaintances from around the world and they all take home a new understanding of what it takes to play well out of your comfort zone in a foreign country.
“I was impressed that they were always willing to try the local food and enjoyed hearing the caddies teaching them local phrases. Their overall memories of this event will remain with them forever, especially Keyan, who travelled internationally for the first time.”
African News Agency (ANA)