Samu and Naidoo sign off with solid performances in England

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Girls Runner-Up Ivanna Samu receives her medal from the Duke of York, his Royal Highness Prince Andrew at the 2015 Duke of York Young Champions Trophy.

South Africa’s Ivanna Samu shared a ninth place finish in the 2015 Duke of York Young Champions Trophy, while compatriot Dylan Naidoo tied for 14th in the prestigious international junior championship at Prince’s Golf Club in England last month.

“But for a triple at the 14th, she was on course to win the Leading Girl honour. The runner-up position was still a great achievement and I believe the skills and the experience she gained from playing in this event will count for a lot in her future,” said Women’s Golf SA President Karen Olivant.

Dylan Naidoo, the reigning Nomads SA Boys U19 Stroke Play Champion,  closed with a 73 to join England’s Will Enefer, Zan Stirn from Slovakia and Line Toft Hansen from Denmark at seven over 223.

“Both players have revelled in this experience and the chance to learn more about Links golf. They also reconnected with a lot of players who also competed in the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup in Japan in June and forged new friendships.

“This event also gave them a chance to access where they rank in such a world class field and they not only did themselves proud, but were wonderful ambassadors for South Africa.”

Oliver Lindell (Finland) beat overnight leader Felix Palson (Sweden) in the title race to claim a one stroke victory on nine-under-par 207.

Carlotta Ricolfi from Italy denied Samu by one stroke to take the Leading Girl honours for a second year running. The Italian junior carded rounds of 67, 75 and 74 to tie for seventh on even-par 216.