From Colin Farquharson
SOUTH AFRICAN WONDER GIRL TANICA STRIKES EARLY IN R&A JUNIOR OPEN
SOUTH African "wonder girl" Tanica Van As, 15-year-old winner
of the South African women's open amateur stroke-play championship (she
beat Curtis Cup player Emma Duggleby in a play-off for the title) in March,
did not take long to stamp her class on the opening day of the R&A
Junior Under-16 Open championships at Royal Musselburgh Golf Club today
One of the early finishers (before the rounds stretched past the 5hr mark),
Tanica, who plays off plus one, had six birdies in a two-under-par 70
after bogeying the last two holes when she seemed set to score in the
Miss Van As had birdies at the second, ninth, 10th, 12th, 13th and 15th
with bogeys at the fourth, 14th, 17th and 18th in halves of 35 (one under
par) and 35 (one under par).
Tanica's clubhouse lead was cut to one when Da-Sol Chung from Korea came
in with a fine round of 71, not bad for a two-handicapper from the Far
East in a blustery day on a Scottish parkland course.
Scotland's representative in the girls' section, Lindsey Hunter, who plays
off 13 at Dalmahoy, returned an 81.
The best score in the boys' section was a one-under-par 69 by Peter Meldgaard,
a scratch player from Herning Golf Club in Denmark.
Peter had birdies at the third, 11th and 12th and bogeys at the fifth
and 15th in halves of 36 (level par) and 33 (one under).
Until the young "Great Dane" came in, the clubhouse lead had
been shared on 71, returned by James Minahan III from Spring, Texas and
Cian McNamara from Limerick, Ireland.
Minahan, a 15-year-old plus-one player, was out in 34 (two under par)
with birdies at the fourth, fifth and ninth and a bogey at the sixth.
The American teenager failed to pick up a bogey in his inward half of
three-over 37, having bogeys at the 10th, 12th and 17th.
McNamara, a 16-year-old one-handicapper, was three under par after only
five holes, thanks to birdies at the second, third and fifth. He did not
get another in the remaining 13 holes over which he bogeyed the sixth,
seventh, 10th and 13th in halves of 35 (one under) and 36 (two over).
Later, as the sun came out in the afternoon, Alexandre Kaleka from France
and Reinier Saxton of the Netherlands made it a quadruple tie for second
place on 71.
Scotland's representative in the boys' section, Alistair Weir, who plays
off three at Stonehaven, had a 78.
In the special invitation competition for offspring of European Tour players,
Daniel Torrance, five-handicap son of the Ryder Cup skipper, did well
to get it round in 75, considering he had a quadruple bogey 8 at the 10th
where he snap-hooked his drive and took five to get down from 100yd.
Daniel, who is a member at Sunningdale, had birdied the third and the
Bernhard Langer's son, Stefan, had an 88 and the Cabrera brothers, Angela
and Frederico 95 and 80 respectively.
R&A JUNIOR UNDER-16 OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Royal Musselburgh Golf Club
FIRST ROUND SCORES
BOYS (Par 70)
69 Peter Meldgaard (Denmark).
71 James Minahan III (United States), Cian McNamara (Ireland), Alexandre
Kaleka (France), Reinier Saxton (Netherlands).
72 Laurence Allen (England), Miguel Cabrera (Spain), Yuan Heng Chang (Republic
73 David Meiring (New Zealand), Tristan Schulze-Baver (Austria), Carlos
Santiago Russi (Chile), Amrith de Soysa (Sri Lanka).
74 Luciano Giometti (Argentina), Wesley Tucker (South Africa), Peter May
Hamm (Germany), Knut Borsheim (Norway).
75 Jamil Hanafiah (Malaysia), Adam Partington (Wales), Joonas Hinkkanen
(Finland), Olivio Vittorio Calselli (Italy), Sanguen Han (Guam).
76 Mark Smith (Zimbabwe), Julian Valenciana (Mexico), Herberto Diaz (Puerto
Rico), Mustafa Hocaoglu (Turkey), Eduardo Falquez (Ecuador), Kamolkris
77 Alejandro Lahrssen (Venezuela), Wahome Wambugu (Kenya).
78 David Tobon (Colombia), Jose Toledo (Guatemala), Alistair Weir (Scotland).
80 Pedro Figueiredo (Portugal), Thordur Gissurarson (Iceland), Luc-Acadm
81 Jonathan Valette (Ivory Coast), Oliver Burton (Cayman Islands), Minghao
Wang (Republic of China).
82 Stephen Pointon (Canada), Herbert Day (El Salvador), Abhinawa Sahari
83 Benjamin Martin (Trinidad & Tobago).
84 Erik Abner (Estonia).
85 Sarfaraz Daya (Tanzania).
86 Gergely Nagy (Hungary), Sibusiso Simelane (Swaziland).
87 Marek Klaus (Czech Republic).
89 Aadil Mojoo (Malawi).
90 Rashid Al Abbar (United Arab Emirates).
92 Mateyo Nkhuwa (Zambia).
99 Andre Horne (Namibia).
GIRLS (Par 72)
70 Tanica Van As (South Africa).
71 Da-Sol Chung (Korea).
74 Noemie Leloup (France), Paula Creamer (United States), Chie Arimura
75 Silvia Margarita Uribe Duran (Colombia), Marianne Skarpnord (Norway),
Katrina Holford (England).
76 Yuung Na Lee (Guam), Porntip Supupramai (Thailand).
79 Maria Jonsdottir (Iceland).
80 Franziska Froreich (Germany), Melanie Peake (Wales), Mary Carmen Betancourt
(Mexico), Agata Dudysova (Czech Republic).
81 Kirby Dreher (Canada), Federica Grignolo (Italy), Lindsey Hunter (Scotland),
Sanna Vihervaara (Finland).
82 Victoria Amstrup Stefanssen (Denmark).
84 Naela El Attar (Egypt), Gabriela Chiriboga (Ecuador).
86 Eli-Fadi Andara (Sierra Leone).
87 Samantha Widmer (Cayman Islands).
88 Ayne Magombe (Tanzania).
94 Christina Andersen (Kenya).
95 Retno Sudjasmin (Indonesia).
111 Sofia Celasco (El Salvador).
75 Daniel Torrance (Scotland).
80 Frederico Cabrera (Argentina).
88 Stefan Langer (Germany).
95 Angel Cabrera (Argentina).GIRL
93 Kylie Mitchell (England).