GEORGE GOLF NEWS - Christo Lamprecht from George is one of five of South Africa's top junior golf talents who will be heading to Australia for the 2019 Junior Presidents Cup in December.
His teammates are Martin Vorster and Jordan Duminy, both from Mossel Bay, Jayden Schaper and Sam Simpson.
The GolfRSA National Squad quintet have qualified for the 12-strong International Team that will face off against the United States at Royal Melbourne Golf Club on 8 and 9 December in the second edition of the highly anticipated curtain-raiser for the Presidents Cup.
Australian Stuart Appleby will captain the International Team and American Justin Leonard will captain the US team in the prestigious team event, hosted by the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) and PGA Tour.
South Africa's leading amateur, Schaper, and former SA amateur champion, Lamprecht, will be making their second appearances for the International Team, having competed in the inaugural matches in 2017 at Plainfield Country Club in Edison, New Jersey, where the United States won 14-10.
Vorster, Schaper, Lamprecht, and Simpson were ranked second, third, fifth and sixth respectively and were virtually assured of their spots in the International Team before the September 4 deadline.
Duminy was still in the bubble ahead of the final qualifying event, but the 2019 Nomads SA Boys u.17 champion rubber-stamped his inclusion with a top-50 finish in the Junior Players Championship at the TPC Sawgrass.
"We are over the moon to have five members of our GolfRSA National Squad in the International Team this year," said GolfRSA CEO Grant Hepburn.
"We had four juniors in the International Team in 2017 and the fact that South Africa will have five juniors competing this year speaks volumes about the tremendous strides we are making in amateur golf in South Africa. These five young players have shown tremendous dedication and commitment over the last 12 months and we are incredibly proud of their achievement. Their participation will inspire a whole new wave of young stars waiting in the wings."
Vorster finished second in the final standings that determined the International Team, reigning SA Stroke Play champion Schaper was third and Lamprecht fifth.
"GolfRSA's decision to assist the national squad members to compete in the Junior Players Championship was satisfyingly justified," said Saga president Naadir Agherdien.
The Junior Presidents Cup will be held before the US team, captained by Tiger Woods, takes on the International Team, led by Ernie Els, in the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club from 12 to 15 December.
All 24 players will compete in six four-ball matches on Sunday morning followed by six foursomes matches that afternoon. The Junior Presidents Cup will conclude with 12 singles matches on Monday morning.
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