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Toby Tree, 17, wins the Gauteng North Open by two
30 Jan 2012
see also: Wingate Park Country Club, Toby Tree Rankings

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HARTBEESPOORTDAM, South Africa (Jan 29, 2012) -- Toby Tree, a member of the England boys’ squad, gained his first individual triumph on foreign soil when he won the Gauteng North Open at Pecanwood Golf Club in South Africa. A closing round of 70 for 271, 17-under-par, left him two strokes ahead of Zander Lombard and four clear of another Springbok in Brandon Stone. Tree, the 17 year old from the Worthing club in Sussex, bettered par in all four rounds over the course situated north of Johannesburg.

An English victory looked remote when his opening 69 left him eight strokes behind Scotsman Paul Shields, who shot a sensational 61. But while Shields added a second round 75, Tree secured two eagles including a two at the 18th hole, to romp round in 66 for 135 which left him a shot behind the new leader Lombard, who added 68 to his opening 66.

Round three saw Tree sign for eight birdies, three coming at the closing three holes, in another 66 for 201, which saw him edge a shot in front of Lombard going into the final day. Then, despite an eagle and four birdies, he carded 70 yet increased his advantage over Lombard who returned 71. Overall, the England boy international and former English under 14 and under 16 Champion, had three eagles and 21 birdies in his four rounds.

Results For Gauteng North Amateur Stroke Play Golf Tournament
Place  PtsScores
1EnglandToby TreeEngland40069-66-66-70--271
2South AfricaZander LombardSouth Africa30066-68-68-71--273
3South AfricaBrandon StoneSouth Africa20067-72-67-69--275
4ItalyGiulio CastagnaraItaly20067-71-69-69--276
5South AfricaHaydn PorteousSouth Africa20068-74-64-71--277

View full results for Gauteng North Amateur Stroke Play Golf Tournament

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