Superior Son strikes again in Southern Cape
She might not be a household name just yet, but Woo-Ju Son from Gauteng is certainly one of South Africa’s brightest prospects. And she will be taking a boatload of confidence to the prestigious Duke of York Young Champions in England next month after she seized her eighth victory this season in the Southern Cape Women’s Open.
With the Garden Route success, Son returned to number one in the Junior rankings, but still trails Mistry from Randpark, who held her top spot in the Senior standings with a fourth place finish.
Son will be making her debut in the Duke of York Young Champions Trophy alongside the men’s top junior Jayden Schaper from Ekurhuleni at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Wirral from 12-14 September.
“The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy is hosted by His Royal Highness Prince Andrew and entry into this prominent international 54-hole stroke play championship is by invitation only,” said Womens Golf South Africa president Sally Greasley.
“It’s a select field comprising the 2017 winners of Under-18 National Championships around the world, as well as players who won selected major golfing events the preceding year. Woo-Ju qualified by way of her Nomads SA Girls Championship victory and Jayden earned his entry as the Nomads Boys Under-19 champion.
“The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy is always hosted at Open Championship venues and we are so grateful for the opportunity afforded South Africa to give our top juniors the chance to compete against a high quality field in a world class international event.”
Greasley believes a trip to Scotland last year played a big role in Son’s dramatic rise this season.
“Woo-Ju and Christo Lamprecht competed in the R&A Junior Championship last year,” she said. “This event is played biennially and serves as the curtain-raiser to the Open Championship. The R&A invites its 152 affiliates to enter their leading boy and girl golfers aged 16 and under.
“Last year’s event drew 152 competitors from a record 80 countries and Woo-Ju gained a lot of experience. Rubbing shoulders with the cream in junior golf certainly spurred her on to reach for greater heights and she has certainly excelled this season.
“Competing in the Duke of York Young Champions Trophy is another unique opportunity for Woo-Ju and Jayden to further their skills and test themselves on a world class stage.”