Golf: Talented Jarvis gets his nose in front again


Consistency is one of the most important building blocks in any golfer’s career.

20-year-old Casey Jarvis, who lives in Boksburg and is a member of the State Mines Golf Club in Brakpan, experienced this last week in the South African Open on the Blair Atholl course when he led after the second round, but dropped out in the third round.

On Friday afternoon on the Leopard Creek course just next to the Kruger National Park, he shot 67 in the third round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship and took the lead by one stroke.

Jarvis, who finished on 134 strokes (-10), is one stroke ahead of England’s Marco Penge, who shot 66 in the second round.

The young amateurs Christo Lamprecht and Charl Schwartzel, Paul Waring (England) and Robin Williams from South Africa (he was ahead after the first round), blow in Penge’s neck at 136 (-8).

According to Jarvis, he has already put aside the disappointment of the SA Open.

“It’s a new week on a new golf course that I really like. I put it (SA Open) in the past and worked hard at the start of the week and it looks like I’m reaping the rewards,” Jarvis said in his media interview according to the Sonskyn series.

Jarvis, just like in Friday’s first round, again scored five birdies and only conceded a stroke on par on one hole (the 17th).

Jarvis, who became a professional player in 2022 after being one of the country’s best amateurs, has already won the Euram Bank Open in Austria and was second in tournaments in the European series three times.

At the age of 19, he scored a magical 59 shots in the Stella Artois Championship and has all the necessary skills to win a second tournament in the DP World Tour.

“I keep learning as the weekends go by. I try to stay calm and learn as much as possible,” Jarvis said.

* In the new Grant Thornton Invitational tournament decided in Naples, Florida and part of the American PGA Series, the American pair of Tony Finau and Nelly Korda took the lead after the first round at -16.

They are followed at -15 by Lucas Glover (America) and Leona Maguire (Ireland) with Denny McCarthy and Megan Khang, Sahith Theegala and Rose Zhang (all America), Jason Day (Australia) and Lydia Ko (New Zealand) and the English pair of Justin Rose and Charley Hull and Nick Taylor (America) and Ruoning Yin (China) all together fourth at -14.

* In the World Championship for seniors played at the Concession Country Club in Florida, the International team leads with 111.5 points, followed by America (111) and the European team (101.5).

The teams have a rest day on Saturday and the tournament concludes on Sunday.

South Africa’s Retief Goosen and Steve Alker of New Zealand carried the banner for the International team, with the team captain, Ernie Els, and KJ Choi of South Korea also representing their side.

Other sources: The Golf Channell