Meyers claims top 10 at Junior World Champs
South African junior golfer David Meyers powered his way to a top 10 finish at the prestigious Callaway Junior World Golf Championships in San Diego on Friday.
The Fourways golfer competed in the Boys 15-17 division of the world’s largest international golf tournament alongside top SA junior Rosswell Sinclair and fellow Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation member, Jovan Rebula.
Meyers navigated the 7 197 metre layout at the tough Torrey Pines South Course in three-under-par 69 and moved towards the leaders with a second round 73.
The 16-year-old carded a third round 74 to finish within striking distance of the lead and closed with a final round 75 for a share of ninth. Meyers finished just eight strokes behind winner, Jose Mendez of Costa Rica, on a total score of three-over-par 291.
Overall, the Dainfern golfer was satisfied with his performance, although he felt he let himself down a little in the final round.
“I had three bogeys and a birdie on the front nine, and I dropped two more shots coming home against another birdie, so I do feel like I let it go a little in the final round,” Meyers said. “I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t do better, but you also have to look at the bigger picture.
“I had the opportunity to test myself in a field of 144 of the top 15 to 17-year-old golfers in the world and I still claimed a top 10 finish. The experience to play at a course like Torrey Pines against that kind of competition was incredible. It was great to see just how I compare against these guys and to identify the parts of my game that still needs some work.”
One of the country’s top ranked juniors last year, Meyers hit a slump earlier this year and dropped under the radar until a recent joint fifth at the Nomads SA Boys U-17 Championship signalled his return to form.
“I received a lot of support from the Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation and from my parents when I hit that slump earlier this year,” he said. “It’s the nature of the game, though, and you just have to stick to it and play your way through it. I am really thankful that they all stuck with me.”
Meyers hopes to bring the confidence gained by his performance in San Diego home and improve on his current ranking.
“I slipped to 13th on the Nomads SA Boys U-19 rankings during the earlier part of the year,” he said. “I hope to use everything that I learned here this week to get myself back into the top five.”
Compatriot Sinclair carded rounds of 75-76-71-78 to tie for 40th on 12-over-par 300, while Rebula followed an opening 76 with a disappointing 80 in the second round. Although the 16-year-old George golfer reeled in six birdies in the third round, his 71 fell one shot short of the 54-hole cut, set 10-over-par 226.
But both Sinclair and Rebula will draw on the experience gained at this prestigious event when they join fellow SA juniors Keegan de Lange and Kyle McClatchie this August at the seventh Italian International Under-16 Championship.
Meanwhile Otto van Byunder from Blue Valley Golf Estate tied for 26th in the Boys 13-14 Division, played at the Morgan Run Resort. Janco Breedt completed his Boys 11-12 campaign at the Sycuan Resort with a final score of 24-over-par 292.