Golfer Jakub Hrinda competes in South Africa
Not many 15-year-olds can say they have travelled the world, but Doha College student, Jakub Hrinda certainly has a full passport, a golfing passport that is.
In the world of amateur golf, teenager Jakub is certainly a name to watch. Originally from Slovakia, Jakub has been playing golf since he was 8 years old. He trains and plays regularly at Doha Golf Club having moved to Qatar 8 years ago.
Last week, Jakub took time out from his school studies to play in the South African International Juniors (U19) tournament and finished runner-up putting in a stellar performance of - 9. Over hundred boys entered into the competition, from 15 different countries. "South Africa is proudly producing some of the best world golfers from juniors to professionals, so it was great for Jakub to succeed in this highly competitive environment and field, " explained his father and part-time caddy, Daniel Hrinda.
The tournament was played in a suburb of Cape Town, and apparently the strong winds made the competition really tough.
His father explained how the competition played out "Jakub started his final round in second place, on -5, still 6 shots behind the leader, Garrick Higgo, a local South African. Throughout the round, Jakub managed to pull back to within one shot, doubling the 17th and putting himself in with a chance of winning. Higgo managed to hold on and win with -12, despite Jakub's determination and superb golf play, who finished on -9. Both players well ahead of the remaining players with 3rd place achieving -3".
Jakub's golfing credentials are certainly very impressive:
· Won Qatar Open in 2015
· Qualified to Qatar Masters (European Tour) at the age of 14
· Multiple winner of Faldo Series in the Middle East, Slovakia and Italy
· Medalist in Faldo Series Grand Finals in Greenbrier and Mission Hills
Congratulations Jakub, Doha College will certainly be watching you in your future golfing career.
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