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Streicher rules roost at SA High School Champs

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egan Streicher from Somerset College made golfing history last month when she became the first female winner in the ninth SA High School Championship at Koro Creek Bushveld GE The 16-year-old Swellendam native scooped the individual honours with a one-shot victory on four-under-par 140 after posting rounds of 72 and 68. Yurav Premlall set the first round target with a four-under 68, but the race to glory heated up over the first nine holes. The Balderstone Sports Institute player came under pressure from Jurie Mostert from De Villiers Graaff High School, Curro Aurora’s Kieron van Wyk and Christiaan Maas from the Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool. Meanwhile Streicher two-putted for birdie at the par five 14th and gained another shot at the par four 15th with a pin-seeking sand-wedge that landed three metres short of the pin.

start. “I hit a three-wood down the middle at the first, but I flew the green with a 5-iron from 180 metres,” said Streicher. “Then I chipped it on for eagle! At the next hole, I drove the green and two-putted for birdie from the fringe. “I bogeyed the third, though, but kept it going nicely with five straight pars. Unfortunately my drive ran out on the 18th and I ended up in the hazard, in a pretty bad lie. I couldn’t do more than hack it out and I hit my third short of the green. I hit a good chip, but missed the par putt. “I had no idea what was happening with the scores, so I played fairly stress-free golf. I didn’t know I had a two-shot lead playing the last, which is probably a good thing.” “I’m pretty stoked about becoming the first girl to win the Individual Competition,” Streicher said.

A great 6-iron approach and a two-putt birdie at the par-five 18th saw her join the chasing pack.

Premlall, Van Wyk and Mostert tied for second on three-under after respective rounds of 73, 72 and 71, while Maas closed with a 71 to join Jean Pierre van der Watt in fifth on one-under.

The Boland golfer headed to the back nine on three-under, just a shot behind Premlall, and she blasted into the lead with an eagle-birdie

Swanepoel finished on 157 with rounds of 80 and 77 and Scholtz on 165 with rounds of 80 and 85.

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