Local golfers battle in Sunshine Tour

Riekus Nortje is placed second on the 2017/ 2018 Order of Merit.

 

Local golfers Coert Groenewald and Riekus Nortje have had a tough time on the greens this month. The golfers competed in various Sunshine Tour national tournaments, and although there were flashes of brilliance from Riekus in some of the games, Coert failed to crack the top 50.

In the Vodacom Origins, played at the Highland Gate Golf and Trout Estate, Coert tied for 61st place with a six-over-par 73 in the second round and missed the cut. In the same tournament, Riekus was in the top 10, carding a three-under-par 68 in three rounds to finish in ninth place.

Riekus Nortje in action. Photo: Supplied

Coert also played in the Sun City Challenge hosted at the Gary Player Country Club. He finished the competition tied 60th with a six-over-par 79 in the second round. Riekus finished this tournament tied in fourth place with a four-under par 74 in the final round.

In the Sun Carnival City Challenge that was played at the Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate, Coert was tied for 90th place with a score of seven-over-par 76 in the second round to once again miss the cut. Riekus tied for 49th place with a two-over-par 76, also missing the cut.

In the Vodacom Origins tournament that was hosted at the Arabella Country Club, Coert finished in 85th place, carding a 16-over-par 80 in the second round to miss the cut. Riekus also had a poor showing at the tournament, finishing in 58th place with an eight-over par 76.

On the 2017/18 Order of Merit, Riekus has solidified his second place in the rankings while Coert is lying in 57th.

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