ASM's FP Markets Race to the USA leader wins a National Junior Order of Merit Title in St Francis
Barend Botha secured his first Junior National Order of Merit victory with a birdie on the first play off hole off to narrowly edge out Ayden Senger. Both juniors finished the tournament on a one under par score of 143 on the challenging St Francis Links. The 405m dog leg par 4 18th hole was then required to separate the two juniors. Barend who had narrowly missed a birdie putt on the final hole of regulation play was able to find the green for two again in the play off. This time however he would roll in the six foot birdie putt to clinch the victory. Speaking after the round the FP Markets Race to the USA leader said "Im very pleased with my performance overall a it has been a chllenging time for me coming back from a growth relatedinjury and balancing my education commitments. It was great to be backcompeting. I really enjoy the challenge that this golf course presents, there is always a bit o fwind and the layout of teh course means you cannot simply go for the flags, you have to think a bit. The greens are quite undulating and are quite quick to so they keep you interested. I was pleased with how I was able to remain positive throughout the competition and I struck the ball well and putted good too.
ASM Coach Adam McKinlay said “I am delighted for Barend to have secured this win. Particulary in light of the challenges he has been facing both physically and with balancing his commitments to his Cambrdige IGCSE exams."