A links test for Glacier Junior Series golfers
The Glacier by Sanlam Junior Series travels to the Eastern Cape this weekend for the St Francis Links tournament at the famed Jack Nicklaus course. And the region’s top junior golfers can expect a tough but fair challenge on Sunday.
“We’ll be setting the course up as a challenge, but we also want the juniors to enjoy the experience. After all, the whole spirit of the Glacier Junior Series is about growing the game of golf,” says Jeff Clause, the CEO and Director of Golf at St Francis Links.
The availability of tee options at St Francis Links allows it to be set up for every level of golfer. But Clause predicts it will be those junior golfers who come armed with a bit of imagination who will succeed on the day.
“We can still make this course competitive using a variety of shots rather than just length. You’ve got to use your imagination here, and a lot of junior golfers aren’t schooled in this aspect of the game. They had better keep their brains switched on for this one.”
This is the second Nicklaus course being played since the series teed off in the Western Cape in early April.
The Glacier Junior Series is South Africa’s largest junior golf series, and features 25 tournaments played nationwide. The winners in each of the A, B and C Divisions qualify for the National Final later this year. The winner here qualifies for an all-expenses paid trip to compete against some of the world’s top juniors in the Orange Bowl Junior Invitational in America.
Each tournament is sponsored either by a leading South African professional golfer or golf official, institution or benefactor.