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South Africa seal third spot in Tri-Nations Test in Scotland
- Updated: June 11, 2016
South Africa have clinched third in the annual International Tri-Nations Test as Australia and Scotland shared the spoils at Rowallan Castle Golf Club in Ayrshire, Scotland.
The Australian A-side and the leading team from the host nation finished at two-under-par 424.
The South African A-team – comprising Andre Nel, Youth Olympian Kyle McClatchie, Tristen Strydom and Aubrey Beckley – composed successive rounds of 215 to finish six shots back on 430.
Southern Cape’s Nel set the tone with an opening three-under-par 68 on day one and Ekurhuleni duo McClatchie and Strydom contributed respective rounds of 71 and 76 to help South Africa place fourth. In round two, McClatchie fired a 68, while Nel returned a 72 and Strydom added 75. Beckley from North West carded non-counting rounds of 78 and 79.
The South Africa B-team included Southern Cape’s Jovan Rebula and Gauteng North trio James du Preez, Albert Venter and Jason Smith, who combined for two rounds of 224 to post a 36-hole total of 448.
Australian Cameron Davis celebrated a fine event with a course record 65 in round one and 70 in round two to win the Individual Competition on seven-under-par 135.
Reigning Sanlam SA Amateur champion Craig Ross from Kirkhill finished three strokes back in second, McClatchie took third on 139 and Nel finished a further stroke adrift in fourth.
Following the International Tri-Nations Test, the Golf RSA National Squad members made a made a quick detour to Royal Troon, which will stage the 145th Open Championship next month.
From Royal Troon the group headed to South Wales where they will prepare for the next stop on the United Kingdom tour – the 121th Amateur Championship at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club and Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club from 13-18 June.
INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION (top 10 plus SA performances)
135 Cameron Davis AUS 65 70
138 Craig Ross SCO 71 67
139 Kyle McClatchie RSA 71 68
140 Andre Nel RSA 68 72
141 Calum Fyfe SCO 70 71
141 Zach Murray AUS 69 72
142 Craig Howie SCO 72 70
143 David Micheluzzi AUS 71 72
144 Jovan Rebula RSA 71 73
145 Brett Coletta AUS 71 74
150 Jason Smith RSA 77 73
151 Tristen Strydom RSA 76 75
157 Aubrey Beckley RSA 78 79
157 James du Preez RSA 76 81
159 Albert Venter RSA 81 78
424 Australia A 211 213
424 Scotland A 213 211
430 South Africa B 215 215
439 Scotland B 219 220
441 Australia B 213 228
443 Australia C 224 219
448 South Africa B 224 224
In the picture (left to right) – Golf RSA National Squad manager Andre Rossouw, Jovan Rebula (Southern Cape), Andre Nel (Southern Cape), Jason Smith (Gauteng North), Albert Venter (Gauteng North), Tristen Strydom (Ekurhuleni), Kyle McClatchie (Ekurhuleni), Aubrey Beckley (North West), Golf RSA National Squad manager Neil Homann and James du Preez (Gauteng North).