Jayden Schaper is the hot talk of the town at the moment. However, it has not been since Ernie Els's spectacular finish in 1989 that an amateur has made it in to the top six at the South African Open. Then came 18-year-old Jayden Schaper who did just that a couple weeks ago.
Now, Benoni's number one amateur golfer managed to kept his cool when he announced that after a brief but successive amateur tour in competitive golf has decided to take up pro status.
During the 2020 SA Open Championship, hosted by the City of Johannesburg at Randpark Golf Club between January 9 and 12, South African number one ranked amateur and reigning junior players champion Jayden Schaper from Benoni finished tied on sixth with a -13 score.
Teeing alongside world superstars, Oosthuizen and Bezuidenhout, Schaper's perfomance was the best amateur displays in a long while. So far Schaper is the only amature in the history of South African golf to achieve the grand slam of Nomads SA Boys titles.
He won the under 13, U-under 15, the under 17 tournaments and the hard to have double at the Nomads SA Boys under 19 Championship as a 16-year-old at Langebaan Golf Club back in 2017.
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