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Higgo captures Harry Oppenheimer Trophy

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oland junior Garrick Higgo produced another winning performance to capture the season-ending Harry Oppenheimer Trophy at the end of November. It was the second time in three successive starts that the country’s leading amateur celebrated victory and – following his Bobby Locke triumph two weeks prior – it marked the second time in two weeks that Higgo finished in the winner’s circle after being missing out on a trophy finish in the same events 12 months ago. The GolfRSA National Squad player opened with a four-under-par 68 at Maccauvlei GC to finish three shots behind first round pacesetter Jason Rossiter from Central Gauteng, but he rocketed into the second round lead with a six-under 66. The 17-year-old De Zalze golfer began the third round on 10-under 134, one shot clear of Rossiter and two ahead of fellow GolfRSA National Squad players Casey Jarvis and Malcolm Mitchell two shots back in joint third. David McIntyre, Anuerin Gounden and South Africa’s top ranked junior Jayden Schaper was a further shot adrift. Higgo mixed three birdies with a lone bogey in the third round and boxed an eagle putt at the par-five closing hole for a 68. He heading into the final round on 14-under

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202, with a three shot lead over Gounden from Ekurhuleni and Free State golfer Therion Nel, who charged into contention with a flawless 66. He kept control with an eagle at the par five second and was lining up a short birdie putt at the seventh when the hooter sounded. For a second consecutive year, the tournament hit by a lightning storm. The dangerous conditions persisted and officials were forced to reduce the event to 54 holes. Higgo was thrilled to finish the 2017 on a high note and to cement his number one spot in the Open Amateur rankings ahead of the seasonal break.

Final Result (top 10)

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Garrick Higgo Therion Nel Aneurin Gounden Jason Rossiter David McIntyre Malcolm Mitchell Kyle McClatchie James du Preez (Jnr) Cameron Moralee Jayden Schaper Byron Coetzee

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