GREY High’s Brian Wessels held off a spirited challenge from Southern Cape’s Jack Duthie and Ronald Baxter, of Eastern Province, to claim the 22nd Glacier Junior Series title at St Francis Links on Sunday.
The 18-year-old navigated his way around the tough Jack Nicklaus layout in one-under-par 71 to edge out Baxter and Duthie by two shots for the title.
Wessels was delighted to pull through in the last Eastern Cape event and earn the chance to tee it up alongside the other 24 finalists in this year’s series at the national final in October.
The finalists will compete for what is arguably the biggest prize in South African junior golf – an all-expenses paid trip from Glacier by Sanlam to tee it up in the prestigious Orange Bowl Junior Invitational later this year.
A slew of top Southern Cape juniors made the trip to St Francis Bay to tee it up in the last Eastern Province event.
"It was my first Glacier Junior Series tournament, so I didn’t have time to worry about the other players,” the Grade 12 pupil said.
"I played really nicely and I made all the pars that counted. I dropped two shots but I made up for that with three birdies that helped me to a two-shot lead.
"I’m absolutely thrilled at the prospect of teeing it up at the final. I won a 36-hole junior tournament in really windy conditions at Humewood earlier this year, so I’m quietly confident that my skills in the wind and at the coast will help me in the final.”
The Glacier Junior Series comprises 25 one-day regional tournaments and each tournament is hosted by South Africa’s top golfers and industry leaders such as major winners Ernie Els, Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen, as well as Dale Hayes, Sunshine Tour chief executive Selwyn Nathan and golf course architect Peter Matkovich.
The series is open to all junior golfers with an official handicap and each tournament is played in three divisions.