Percy Hawken, Declan Brews and Johanco Welgemoed from Krugerpark Primary School combined for an opening 241 to open up a yawning gap on the field at the sixth Ernie Els Primary Schools Championship in KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday.
Hawken fired a 76 at Port Shepstone Golf Club to lead the team, while Brews returned an 80 and Welgemoed clocked in with an 85 to help secure a 10 shot lead.
The Limpopo team has a comfortable cushion, but they can expect to come under fire from second-placed De Villiers Graaff Primary in the final round.
Alric Rooi carded an 83 and Francois Theron and Danny Wattrus signed for a pair of 84s to secure second place on 251. With the De Villiers Graaff Golf Academy High School team in the lead at SA High School Championship in East London, the young guns will throw everything at Limpopo on Friday to try and secure double victories for De Villiers Graaff.
Meanwhile an 81 from John-William Blomerus, an 82 from Kiera Floyd and 91 from Dylan Miller lifted Curro Serengeti into third place at 254. The side leads by one shot from Hennopspark Primary and is three strokes clear of 2015 champions Durbanville Primary School.
Hawken from Krugerpark tops the individual standings and the Kameeldoring golfer will sleep on a four shot lead over his team-mate Brews.
Blomerus, Max Orgovanvi from Durbanville Primary, Hennopspark’s Nico Booyens and Herman du Plessis from Fairland Primary are five off the pace in joint third. Floyd from Curro Serengeti – the only rose among the thorns in this year’s championship – sits alone in fourth on 82.
After action in the first round wrapped up, this year’s competitors were treated to a golf development clinic, which was hosted Ernie Els business development manager, Nico van Rensburg.
The former international professional, who came through the junior ranks with Els, also shared some of the four-time Major Champion’s secrets to success with the country’s rising stars.
ROUND ONE TEAM STANDINGS
Best 3 scores of 4 to count
241 Laerskool Krugerpark Percy Hawken 76 Declan Brews 80 Johanco Welgemoed 85
251 Laerskool De Villiers Graaff Alric Rooi 83 Francois Theron 84 Danny Wattrus 84
254 Curro Serengeti John-William Blomerus 81 Kiera Floyd 82 Dylan Miller 91
255 Laerskool Hennopspark Nico Booyens 81 Franco Bester 84 Juan-Paul Oosthuizen 90
257 Durbanville Primary School Max Orgovanvi 81 Travis Procter 86 Heinrich Haasbroek 90
262 Glenwood House Dylan Melville 83 Ruben Groenewald 86 Tiaan Hugo 93
264 Laerskool Julian Muller Johan Greyling 86 Wian Faber 89 Anro Kotze 89
265 Grey Junior School Jordan Wessels 86 Liam Morton 86 Ebrahim Patel 93
267 Clifton Preparatory Nicholas Phipps 85 Jake Carstens 90 Ross Montgomery 92
269 Wierda Park Primary Jean-Pierre Jordaan 88 Eduard Coetzee 90 Raymond van Niekerk 91
270 Laerskool Delmas Retief Hoffman 85 Jacques van der Merwe 91 Willem Annandale 94
272 Laerskool Buhrmannsdrif Tiaan Diedericks 84 Leonard Bevan 92 Hanno J van Rensburg 96
273 Laerskool Saamtrek Divan Mostert 90 Zander Nel 91 Heinrich J van Vuuren 92
274 Paarl Boys Primary Jere Brits 90 Janus Roberts 91 William Zuch 93
275 Primere Skool Jordania George Delport 85 Stefan Delport 89 Luan Matthee 101
280 St Henry’s Marist College Ethan Govender 91 Matthew Ackerman 93 Kushal Bugareth 96
281 Waterstone College Jayson Borcher 87 Reece Dyer 95 Jayden Moore 99
293 St Dunstan’s College Prep School Callum Millington 92 MB Gouveira 95 Justin Smith 106
294 Laerskool Fairland Herman du Plessis 81 Johan Brendenkamp 88 Luke Groeneveld 125
324 Laerskool Hoeveld LJ King 95 Etienne Pretorius 106 Kevin De Beer 123
76 Percy Hawken
80 Declan Brews
81 John-William Blomerus; Max Orgovanvi; Nico Booyens; Herman du Plessis
82 Kiera Floyd
83 Alric Rooi; Dylan Melville
84 Francois Theron; Danny Wattrus; Franco Bester; Tiaan Diedericks
85 Nicholas Phipps; George Delport; Johanco Welgemoed; Retief Hoffman
86 Conrad Loubser; Johan Greyling; Jordan Wessels; Ruben Groenewald; Liam Morton; Travis Procter