JOHANNESBURG (26 June 2014) – South Africa’s campaign at the TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup in Japan took another knock as the team’s backward slide continued in the third round at Tokyo’s Chukyo Country Club.

The prestigious international championship is turning into a tough school for the 2014 All-Africa Junior Golf Championship winners, who slipped to 13th in the 15-nation field on Thursday.

South Africa was handily placed after a five-under-par 208 in the opening round, but tough pin placements, humid conditions and a tricky layout has taken its toll on the top SA juniors over the last two days.

The team slipped to ninth after a 215 on Wednesday and find themselves in 12th place on two over 641 after a third round 218.

Jovan Rebula has emerged as the team’s top performer at the 54-hole mark.

The Southern Cape golfer followed rounds of 72 and 71 with a 70 and joined team mate, Hennie du Plessis from Limpopo, in a tie for 17th in the Individual Competition.

“It was Jovan’s lowest score for the week, and he was the only member of the team to dip below par,” said South African Golf Association vice-president, Gerhard Conradie.

“Hennie had another tough day over the opening stretch and turned in three over, but he fought hard to complete the back nine in three under for an even-par 71.”

Altin van der Merwe from the Western Province completed the course in 78 strokes, while Ekurhuleni’s Kyle McClatchie battled a cold putter to a non-counting 78.

“Most of the countries in the line-up here this week enjoy regular international competition and they are seasoned travellers,” Conradie said. “Our players have struggled with the heat and humidity and they are showing fatigue. It would probably be a good idea to get them to Japan a day earlier next year, so they can adjust properly.”

Conradie said he would like to see the team fight their way back into the top 10 on Friday, but he cautioned that the focus of the trip to Japan was not just about the scores.

“We are a long way off the pace with one round to go,” he said. “I have told the boys not to put pressure on themselves to catch the leaders, but to focus on every shot and to take as much as possible away from this experience.”

Venezuela carded a 202 to overtake the United States and leads by three shots on 18 under 621.

Zimbabwe, the silver medallists at the All-Africa Junior Golf Championship, combined for a third round 226 to finish on 32 over 671.

Sweden’s Linnea Strom carded an even-par 72 to move one shot clear of Haruhi Nakao, whose 71 helped Japan to a third round 142 and a five shot lead over the United States in the team competition.

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THIRD ROUND BOYS TEAM STANDINGS

621 (-18) Venezuela 205 214 202

624 (-15) United States 205 210 209

625 (-14) Norway 213 209 203

628 (-11) Australia 210 211 207; Italy 209 208 211

631 (-8) France 211 211 209

632 (-7) Mexico 208 219 205

633 (-6) Canada 211 213 209

635 (-4) Chile 204 214 217

639 (lvl) Japan 207 213 219

640 (+1) Korea 215 212 213

641 (+2) South Africa 208 215 218

649 (+10) Thailand 213 216 220

650 (+11) Argentina 218 217 215

671 (+32) Zimbabwe 224 221 226

THIRD ROUND BOYS INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS (top five)

196 (-17) Jorge Garcia VEN 64 68 64

204 (-9) Brett Coletta AUS 68 69 67; Cameron Young USA 65 67 72

205 (-8) Joaquin Niemann CHL 65 69 71

207 (-6) Alvaro Ortiz MEX 71 68 68; Guido Migliozzi ITA 66 70 71; Renato Paratore ITA 72 67 68

South African Scores

T17 – 213 (lvl) Hennie du Plessis 67 75 71; Jovan Rebula 72 71 70

T45 – 220 (+7) Altin van der Merwe 69 74 77

55 – 227 (+14) Kyle McClatchie 79 70 78

Zimbabwe Scores

T42 – 219 (+6) Stuart Krog 71 72 76

T52 – 224 (+11) Mbogeni Mpahosa 77 72 75

58 – 231 (+19) Kieren Vincent 76 77 79

T59 – 236 (+23) Justin Kersten 80 81 75

THIRD ROUND GIRLS TEAM STANDINGS

430 (-2) Japan 142 146 142

435 (+3) United States 139 152 144

437 (+5) Sweden 143 146 148

440 (+8) Korea 145 150 145

448 +16) Colombia 148 149 151

THIRD ROUND GIRLS INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS (top three)

212 (-4) Linnea Strom SWE 70 70 72

213 (-3) Haruhi Nakao JAP 71 71 71

214 (-4) Amy Lee USA 66 75 73

 Source: Lali Stander

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