With top-25 finish, Rebula earns low am honors at SA Open
Jovan Rebula (Auburn Athletics/Twitter photo)
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (Dec. 9, 2018) – After a solid weekend at the South African Open, British Amateur champ Jovan Rebula
locked up low amateur honors with a top-25 finish at Randbank Golf Club. The Auburn junior had rounds of 67-70-70-71 for a 6-under total that left him part of a five-man tie for 24th.
Rebula entered the weekend tied at 5 under with his uncle, four-time major winner Ernie Els. The two drew a Saturday pairing together. Els finished an eventual T-15 at 8 under.
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By finishing as low amateur, Rebula was presented with the Freddie Tait Cup on Sunday.
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has had a year. The 21-year-old South African finished his sophomore season at Auburn with a top-25 finish at the national championship, won the British Amateur over the summer, then came back to log top-6 finishes in two of his three fall college starts.
This week, Rebula has drifted outside the world of amateur golf as he tees it up at the European Tour’s South African Open. On Saturday, he’ll make a few headlines when he is paired with his famous uncle, Ernie Els, for the third round of the event.
Rebula earned the pairing with Els, along with Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre, after opening with rounds of 67-70 at Randpark GC. Rebula and Els, a four-time major winner, both stand at 5 under for the event, and tied for 15th.
Els is seeking a fourth South African Open title, but Rebula is in the mix for low amateur honors. He is one shot ahead of South African teammate Wilco Nienaber.
When he won the British Amateur
at Royal Aberdeen (Scotland) in June, Rebula became the first South African to lift that trophy since 1966. His victory earned him a spot in the 2018 Open Championship (where he missed the cut), as well as a place at the 2019 U.S. Open and Masters Tournament.
That is to say, we’ll be seeing a lot more of him on this stage in 2019 – with or without Uncle Ernie.