Nienaber claims Gauteng North Stroke Play with final-round 62
Wilco Nienaber (SA Golf Association photo)
Wilco Nienaber (SA Golf Association photo)

PRETORIA, South Africa (Jan. 27, 2019) – With a final-round 62, Wilco Nienaber claimed the Gauteng North Amateur Stroke Play title in his home country. That makes title No. 10 (at least in events recognized by the World Amateur Golf Ranking) for Nienaber over the past year.

At Silver Lakes Country Club, Nienaber put together rounds of 68-74-68-62 for a 16-under 272 total that left him three shots ahead of three men tied for second. Those chasers include Garrick Higgo, Casey Jarvis and Aneurin Gounden. Higgo gave the best chase, turning in a final-round 66 to climb into his position.

As for Nienaber, last summer he was stroke-play medalist at the British Amateur. He edged Norway’s Viktor Hovland, who would go on to win the U.S. Amateur, to claim that honor. The week before that, Nienaber was runner-up at the English Open Amateur Stroke Play, otherwise known as the Brabazon Trophy.

Nienaber mostly plays in his native South Africa, but told Golfweek writer Alistair Tait at the British Amateur that he would be interested to play for a college in the United States. He has competed a handful of times in the U.S., most notably winning the 2017 Greg Norman Academy Junior Invitational.

Nienaber is currently ranked No. 33 in the Golfweek/ Rankings, the highest South African.

Results: Gauteng North Open Amateur
1South AfricaWilco NienaberSouth Africa40068-74-68-62=272
T2South AfricaAneurin GoundenSouth Africa30071-67-67-70=275
T2South AfricaGarrick HiggoSouth Africa30070-71-68-66=275
T2South AfricaCasey JarvisSouth Africa30070-67-67-71=275
5South AfricaGregory MckaySouth Africa20071-69-70-68=278

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72 hole stroke play championship with a cut after 36 holes. Open to any male Amateur who is a full member of a Golf Club affiliated to a Union recognised by the S.A.G.A. and who at the time of submitting this entry shall have a handicap index of 4 or less.

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