Golf: Now Rama’s father-they walk with him

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The 22-year-old Nikhil Rama started playing golf a few years ago because he felt like an outsider when he walked with his father, uncles and nephews when they played golf.

On Friday at the Houghton course in Johannesburg, Rama realized his dreams when he shot 62, which included six birdies and an eagle on the third hole, in the second round of the Joburg Open to take the lead by one shot. .

Rama, who scored 65 in the first round, is one stroke ahead of Thriston Lawrence (128, -12), who finished fifth in last week’s closing tournament of the European Series in Duba, on 127 strokes (-13).

Dean Burmester and Jacques Kruyswijk are third together (both at 130, -10), followed by Zander Lombard at 131 (-9).

Rama, who grew up in Johannesburg, represented Central Gauteng in youth tournaments as a youngster, but it was only after he was taken under the wing of former professional player Hendrik Buhrmann in 2019 that his career began to blossom.

Rama became a professional player in 2020 and according to the Sonskyn Series website, he appeared in the local Sonskyn Series as a member of the Papwa Sewgolum Foundation and finished six times among the top ten players in the series.

Now Rama no longer has to walk with his father, because it is now their turn to walk with him.

* In the Australian PGA Championship to be decided in Brisbane, Min-Woo Lee (Australia) took the lead by three shots after the third round on Saturday morning.

Lee finished at 196, which is 17 strokes better than the course mark.

He is followed at 199 (-14) by Rikuya Hoshino from Japan, with another Aussie, Curtis Luck, third at 200 (13).

Adam Scott (Australia) is fourth on 202 (-11) with Lucas Herbert (Australia) and Scotland’s Conor Syme on 203 (-10).

* In the European Series Women’s Andalusian Open de Espana played at the Real Club de Golf La Brisas in Spain, South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace is joint seventh with Celine Boutier (France), but they are on 138 strokes (-6) just three strokes behind the leader, Kirsten Rudgeley of Australia.

Rudgeley finished on 135 (-9) in the clubhouse and is two shots ahead of Madelene Stavnar of Norway, Linn Grant of Sweden, Aditi Ashok of India, Anne-Lise Caudal of France and Ana Pelaez (Spain) who are all tied for second on 137 hits (-7).

Pace posted scores of 68 and 70 in the first two rounds.

Sources: Sunshine Series, Europeantour.com