South Africa’s Kyle McClatchie and Kaleigh Telfer delivered a champions’ performance in the final round to claim a top 20 finish in the Team Competition at the Summer Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China on Tuesday.
In very wet conditions at the Zhongshan International Golf Club, the local heroes combined for an opening 65 in the foursomes to finish sixth, but lost their footing and dropped well outside the top 20 after a disappointing 72 in the second round Fourballs.
However, the youngsters rallied in the final round to combine for a 140 in the Individual Medal format to tie for 17th with Spain, Norway and a combination side from China and Switzerland on two-over-par 290.
Ekurhuleni’s McClatchie carded a 74, while Telfer from Gauteng fired a one-over-par 73 to improve five shots on her first round in the Girls Competition.
“This was a undoubtedly a fantastic and unique experience for Kyle and Kaleigh,” said golf code manager, Gavin Reynolds.
“They both enjoyed the chance to test the current level of their games against top golfers from around the globe. Both juniors realise that they have work to do, however, they learned a lot from the experience and the opportunity to gain experience at this very high international level will certainly benefit both of them in months to come.
“We are all quite tired after all the excitement, so we are looking forward to having a nice day at the local markets on Wednesday.”
Meanwhile Sweden, who tied Korea for first on 16-under-par 272, won the play-off tussle for gold, while Italy clinched the bronze medal after going into extra time against Denmark after the sides also tied at 14-
Final Result – Top 10
272 (-16) Sweden 65-67-140 (gold)
272 (-16) Korea 61-71-140 (silver)
274 (-14) Italy 62-72-140 (bronze)
274 (-14) Denmark 65-65-144
275 (-13) Chinese Taipei 66-67-142
276 (-12) Germany 63-72-141
277 (-11) Japan 68-70-139
278 (-10) Venezuela 69-70-139
279 (-9) Thailand 68-70-141
280 (-8) New Zealand 68-73-139
282 (-6) Mexico 67-72-143; Australia 63-70-149
290 (+2) South Africa 65-78-147; Spain 68-77-145; Norway 64-71-155; China/Switzerland 70-69-151