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Tree successfully defends South African title

30th January 2013
Toby Tree successfully defends South African title

Toby Tree experienced a touch of déjà vu over the weekend when he won the Gauteng North Open Championship in South Africa for the second successive year.

A closing round of 71 for a total of 281, seven under par, saw the England international secure a one stroke winning margin over the fast-finishing Zander Lombard and two more South Africans.

The 19 year old from Worthing found himself four shots off the lead after an opening level-par 72 but he followed up with 67 for 139 and a share of the lead.

A third round 71 for 210 left Tree four behind going into the final round, the lead being taken over by Haydn Porteous with a superb 66.

However, while Porteous fell back with 76 on the final day, Tree responded with another 71 to secure a narrow victory, one clear of Lombard with 67, Porteous and Jason Smith, also with 71.

Leading final scores: 281 T Tree (Eng) 72 67 71 71; 282 Z Lombard (South Africa) 71 75 69 67, H Porteous (South Africa) 70 70 66 76, J Smith (South Africa) 69 70 72 71; 283 T Strydom (South Africa) 69 71 71 72

Notes for Readers:-
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England Golf was formed on 1st January 2012 following the merger of the English Golf Union Ltd. and the English Women's Golf Association and is one of the largest sports governing bodies in England looking after the interests of over 1,900 golf clubs and 770,000 men and women club members.

Responsible for the training of the country's top amateur golfers, England Golf also organises all the major English amateur championships. England Golf works to actively encourage new golfers and increase the continued interest and participation in golf through its golf development initiative ‘Get into Golf'.

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