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IGT Pro Tour with Etienne Janse van Rensburg and Irene Country Club208247250005631">Stephan Erasmus at Irene Country Club.

IGT IRENE CHALLENGE | LEADERBOARD - DAY 1:
-1 Terence Boardman (RSA)
-1 Tristen Strydom (AM) (RSA)
-2 Phillip Kruse (AM) (RSA)
-2 Damian Naicker (RSA)
-2 Ruan Korb (AM) (RSA)
-1 Gregg Blainey (ENG)
-1 Carrie Park (RSA)

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It was a cold and gloomy affair on the first morning Irene Country Club! Beanies, Scarves and Big Jackets were in the order of the day! 

The Irene Challenge is part of the IGT Pro Tour and takes place between 25 - 27 July 2016
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It was a cold and gloomy affair on the first morning Irene Country Club! Beanies, Scarves and Big Jackets were in the order of the day!

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IGT Pro Tour with South African Golf Association and Tristen Strydom at Irene Country Club.

Super-charged Strydom seizes share of Irene Challenge lead

TSHWANE, 25 July 2016 – Top ranked amateur Tristen Strydom credited an extraordinary rock climber Matt Bush, biokineticist Gavin Groves, sports producer Louis Hattingh and the competitive environment of the country’s premier development Tour for collectively inspiring him to make the most of his second start on the IGT Tour on Monday.
The 19-year-old Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate golfer fired an opening three-under-par 69 to land a share of the Irene Challenge lead alongside Terence Boardman.
The pair lead by one shot from Zwartkop Match Play champion Damian Naicker and local amateur Ruan Korb and Philip Kruse and finished two shots clear of Sunshine Ladies Tour campaigner Carrie Park, who birdied the 18th to tie for sixth with England’s Gregg Blainey.
Strydom led the South African Golf Association Open Amateur rankings for over a year, but since his comeback from a back injury late last year, the Pretoria native has slipped to 10th in the standings.
“I’ve had a couple of solid finishes, including a tie for second in my first IGT Tour event early in the year, but after the string of disappointing results during our trip to the United Kingdom with the Golf RSA National Squad, I’ve been frustrated,” he said.
“This wasn’t a good place to be with the first stage of the European Tour Qualifying School in September, so I kicked my practice into high gear, but I needed that something-something to fire me up again.
“I decided to stay home and play the IGT Tour after our Golf RSA National Squad camp on the weekend, because I wanted to more game time in a strong competitive setting. Then, during the camp, three things happened: Matt Bush, Gavin Groves and Louis Hattingh.
“Matt Bush is probably the best free solo climber in the world. What this guy does is absolutely insane, but he is so passionate and fearless and he pushes through the most incredible, unthinkable challenges because he loves what he does.
“I’ve known Louis from SuperSport for a long time and I’ve been working with Gavin at the HPC this year, so I didn’t expect to get much out of sessions, but I was wrong. I don’t know, maybe it was because of Matt that I listened with an open mind, but all these guys stirred up a real hunger in me to compete and to win.”
Strydom began his round at Irene with a pair of birdies and reeled in a trio gains around the turn to counter three-putt bogeys at three and 14.
“I’ve shot 66 a few times at this course, but the way I am playing I’ll take that 69,” he said. “It was bitterly cold and I didn’t strike the ball well on the back nine, but I fought like a demon over the last four holes to save pars for a share of the lead.
“I was thinking about how I felt when I won my first IGT Tour title at Benoni Country Club in 2014 and how it inspired me to the number one spot in the amateur rankings. I want that excitement again. The speakers at the camp this weekend reminded me that to succeed, I need to get really professional about my fitness, my practice sessions, everything.
“Everyone knows I’ve always been a bit lazy, but I’ve never worked harder on my game than I have in the last month and that’s what got me in the lead. I came to the IGT Tour to play, but now I’m not just here to play anymore; now I want to win. It’s going to take everything I have with the state my game is in, but I’m going to fight all the way to the finish line on Wednesday.”

FIRST ROUND SCORES - TOP 20
69 - Terence Boardman, Tristen Strydom AMA
70 - Phillip Kruse AMA, Damian Naicker, Ruan Korb AMA
71 - Gregg Blainey (ENG), Carrie Park
72 - Wesley Baptiste AMA, Chris van Tonder AMA, Theunis Bezuidenhout AMA, Stephan Erasmus AMA
73 - Andrew Plint AMA, Jacques De Villiers, Joshua Seale, Ray Badenhorst, Ru-Juan Lessingh AMA, Matthew Spacey
74 - Maverick Faber AMA (FRA), Xander Basson AMA, Graham van der Merwe, Dean Martin AMA, Gary Daoust (BEL), Etienne Janse van Rensburg AMA, Estiaan Conradie AMA, Duane Keun

PHOTO – Tristen Strydom; credit CJ du Plooy

ABOUT THE IGT TOUR
The IGT Challenge Pro Tour launched in 2010 and has fast grown into South Africa’s premier developmental golf tour, offering a tailor-made gateway for amateurs aspiring to join the pro ranks.
The IGT Challenge Pro Tour provides significant financial opportunities and incentives, and statistical feedback with a full playing schedule of 36-hole, 54-hole and 72-hole tournaments that enable its members and non-members to perform at a high level in a strong competitive environment.
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IGT Pro Tour with Cois du Plooy and Roddy Barker at Irene Country Club.

Terence Boardman takes the early lead in the IGT IRENE CHALLEN...
Terence Boardman takes the early lead in the IGT IRENE CHALLENGE 2016
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IGT Pro Tour at Irene Country Club.

French amateur Maverick Faber and Terrence Boardman leads the tournament after 9 holes! #IGTproTour #IreneChallenge
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IGT Pro Tour at Irene Country Club.

Zimbabwe pro golfer Sheldon Steyn is off the first tee at 08:27 in the IGT IRENE CHALLENGE 2016. #IGTproTour
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Anton Haig 3 time winner on the IGT Tour has to go back for more operations in 2016. Anton had hip and knee operations and unfortunately he has to go back for both operations. He will not compete further this year.

We wish him the best and hope to see him in 2017 at his best on the golf course. God Bless!
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IGT Pro Tour with Dale Hayes Golf and Zwartkop Country Club605361834631">Duane Keun at Zwartkop Country Club.

Matthew Spacey Interview after his maiden igt tour win at the ...
We spoke to a very cool and collected Matthew Spacey after his great "come-from-behind" win yesterday at the IGT ZWARTKOP CHALLENGE 2016! #TheComebackKid
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IGT Pro Tour with Corne Bloem and Zwartkop Country Club723824782492">Jacques Staats at Zwartkop Country Club.

IGT ZWARTKOP CHALLENGE 2016
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Top SA amateur - Albert Venter (left), IGT Pro Tour 4-in-arow winner - Ockert Strydom (middle/left), IGT Tour Commissioner - Cois Du Plooy (middle/right) and IGT Tour winner - Russel Franz (right)

It was another "perfect day for golf at Zwartkop County Club"!
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IGT Pro Tour with Zwartkop Country Club and Zwartkop Country Club15705756944">Dale Hayes Golf at Zwartkop Country Club.

Spacey seals sublime maiden pro win at Zwartkop

TSHWANE, 21 July 2016 – A little mental note-to-self worked wonders as rookie Matthew Spacey converted a final round five-under-par 66 at Zwartkop Country Club into a maiden pro victory in the IGT Tour’s Zwartkop Challenge on Thursday.
Spacey grabbed a share of the lead with a pair of birdies at 16 and 17 and shrugged off the final day pressure to drain a four footer for birdie at the closing hole to seal a one shot triumph over Centurion amateur Albert Venter.
Victory – which came courtesy of his 54-hole total of 14-under-par 199 – was especially sweet for Spacey, who blew out in last week’s Waterkloof Challenge with a final round 79.
The 25-year-old Dainfern golfer credited his coaches at the HPC Tuks Golf Academy for giving him sound advice on the art of winning.
“I was really despondent after Waterkloof, but my coaches told me I just had to stay patient and wait for the win to happen, and it did,” said Spacey. “It’s easy to let frustration get the better of you, but patience definitely brings the best rewards.”
Seasoned Sunshine Tour pro Ockie Strydom started the final round with a four shot lead and chasing his fifth consecutive victory, but as his title bid unravelled with bogeys at three, five and six, the young trio of Venter, Altaaf Bux and Spacey were quick to pounce.
Bux reeled in birdies at three, three and eight and Venter joined him at nine under with a birdie at eight, while Spacey lagged one behind as the quartet reached the turn. Bux took the outright lead with a gain at 10, but immediately surrendered it to Venter with bogeys at 11 and 13. Venter took pole position at 10 under with a birdie at 13 and Spacey kept within a shot of the amateur with a gain at 14.
With three holes left, Spacey left a two-iron from 220 metres on the edge and two-putted for birdie at 16 and faded a well-timed eight-iron to two feet at 17 and boxed the putt for another birdie. He hit two-iron from the rough on the right to 30 feet into the par five closing hole and two-putted for victory.
Spacey said it was the brace of birdies early in the round that gave him the most satisfaction.
“The turning point was definitely the birdies at three and four,” he said. “Ockie had a couple of bogeys on the front nine that opened the door for us and those birdies put me in the chasing group.
“My only mistake was the bogey at two, but apart from that, I was on fire off the tees and my short game was solid. That helped my confidence a lot; overturning the bogey immediately started the momentum for me.”
Winning his second IGT Tour title was infinitely more rewarding for Spacey
“I won my first IGT Tour title in 2014 when I was still in the amateur ranks and it means a lot to finally win as a pro. After I failed to get my card at Q-School last December, my main aim has been to gain experience, to try to finish every tournament under par and to get myself into contention more often.
“I’ve had two runner-up finishes, a tie for third and a six top 10 finishes this season and that’s why the final round at Waterkloof left me so despondent. My ball striking has improved a lot and I’m getting used to the pressure at the front, but I struggled with distances at Waterkloof. I was too long or short on every hole.
“My coaches said to start this week with a clean page and I did. I think the secret this week was that I believed in myself and I just kept giving myself chances. I believe if I keep playing like this, I’ll get my card for the Sunshine Tour at the next Q-School.”
Meanwhile Venter followed a birdie at 16 with a bogey at the short 17th and parred the final hole for a 66 and sole second on 13 under.
Strydom dropped 12, but rallied with birdies at 16 and 18 for a 73 to finish in a tie for third at 12 under 202 with Bux, who notched birdies at 14, 16 and 18 for a 66. Recent Zwartkop Match Play champion Damian Naicker returned a 67 to finish alone in fifth on 202.

FINAL RESULT - TOP 20
199 - Matthew Spacey 68 65 66
200 - Altaaf Bux 66 68 66
201 - Albert Venter AMA 64 68 69, Ockert Strydom 63 65 73
202 - Damian Naicker 66 69 67
203 - Louis de Jager 69 69 65, Andrew Carlsson AMA 68 69 66
204 - Johary Raveloarison (MDG) 70 67 67
205 - Ruan Korb AMA 68 68 69
206 - Carrie Park 69 66 71
207 - Duane Keun 72 67 68, Jacques Blaauw 69 70 68, Russel Franz 67 66 74
209 - Ruan Huysamen (NAM) 69 69 71, Francesca Cuturi 66 71 72
210 - Marco de Beer AMA 70 71 69, Terence Boardman 71 66 73
211 - Dean Martin AMA 69 72 70, Pieter Kruger 72 68 71, Matt Bright 68 70 73

PHOTO – Matthew Spacey and tournament host Dale Hayes; credit CJ du Plooy.

ABOUT THE IGT TOUR
The IGT Challenge Pro Tour launched in 2010 and has fast grown into South Africa’s premier developmental golf tour, offering a tailor-made gateway for amateurs aspiring to join the pro ranks.
The IGT Challenge Pro Tour provides significant financial opportunities and incentives, and statistical feedback with a full playing schedule of 36-hole, 54-hole and 72-hole tournaments that enable its members and non-members to perform at a high level in a strong competitive environment.
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