James du Preez sealed an emotional return to the winner’s circle when he captured a three-shot victory in the African Amateur Stroke Play Championship on Friday, with Euan Walker the top-placed Scot.
The 22-year-old Pretoria golfer produced a flawless 64 in the third round at Glendower Golf Club to surge seven shots clear of the field and withstood a spirited final round charge from reigning Sanlam SA Amateur champion Christo Lamprecht.
Du Preez had four birdies, including three on the bounce from 11, but surrendered three shots to close with a one-under 71.
“I’ve never had a seven shot win and I think it’s easier to be one or two behind and chase than to lead by such a large margin, because you can get aggressive,” said the champion who triumphed on an overall aggregate of 14-under 274.
Kilmarnock Barassie’s Walker finished in a tie for 14th place on one over par, with Sam Locke (Stonehaven) and Darren Howie (Peebles) placed inside the top 30.
Thanks to the continued support from the Alfred Dunhill Links Foundation, Scotland’s new look amateur squads are in South Africa to compete and build for the season ahead.
The competitive winter camp, which is also supported by national team sponsors Aberdeen Standard Investments, coupled with funding from sportscotland, features a group of female golfers for the first time.