April 2016

Franklin claims top 15 at SA Boys U-19 Champs

Franklin Manchest in action at the Nomads SA Boys U-19 Champs. Credit: Ernest Blignaut

The top player in the SAGDB's programme in the Southern Cape, Franklin Manchest, added to his growing list of achievements with a top 15 finish at the recent Nomads SA Boys U-19 Stroke Play Championship in Bloemfontein.

The KeNako Academy golfer started the tournament superbly with an opening round of 70, and a five-under par second round of 67. That put him into a one shot lead at the halfway mark of the tournament.

However he fell away a little in the last two rounds, putting together 18 hole scores of 75 and 79 to earn a share of 14th place.

Although disappointed that he couldn't maintain the form he showed in the first two rounds, Franklin nevertheless relished the experience of being in contention at one of the country's major junior events.

"I have played a lot more national events this season and it's made a huge difference to my game," said the 17-year-old. "People are always telling you that you improve with experience but I never really understood what they meant until this season. Testing yourself against the best golfers in the country definitely forces you to lift your game.

"I really enjoy going up against guys I've never competed against, too, because you don't know what to expect from them and that forces you to focus harder."