Tenacious Taylor back to winning ways
(PHOTO – BDGA Academy’s Hendrik Buhrmann and Martin du Toit with champion Louis Taylor; credit CJ du Plooy)
JOHANNESBURG, 2 September 2015 – Harrismith amateur Louis Taylor delivered a mature performance in the final round of the BDGA Academy Classic to end an 18-month title drought and seal his second IGT Tour victory at Eagle Canyon Country Club on Wednesday.
The 24-year-old Free State golfer lagged one off the pace from overnight leader Dylan Docherty at the start of the day.
When Docherty’s title bid derailed with a double at nine, Taylor took the lead and resisted any attempt from the chasing pack with nine straight pars for a 71.
The closed out a two stroke victory on four-under-par 212 over Herman Minnie and local amateur David McIntyre, while Docherty finished a further shot back in fourth place.
“This isn’t the kind of course where birdies come easy, so it was more a case of grinding and getting the job done, which I managed to do,” said Taylor.
“I had a few three-putts and missed a couple of birdie chances, but I made the crucial putts coming down the stretch, which saved the day for me.”
Taylor reversed a bogey start with a birdie at the second and joined Docherty in pole position at four under with a birdie at the sixth.
“When Dylan double bogeyed nine, I knew I had some breathing space down the back nine,” Taylor said. “My only goal was to get through those holes with no mistakes.
“You can’t hit it close at this course and you’re almost always facing a long distance putt, so it was very gratifying to get the job done. It’s not just about the win. I hit 17 greens in regulation today and almost as many in the second round. That hasn’t happened in a very long time.”
One of the country’s leading amateurs in 2014, Taylor has struggled with form this year.
The Gary Player School for Champions member believes he has turned a big corner.
“It’s been a real struggle to get the swing and all the other aspects of the game back to this level and get my mind set right at the same time,” he said.
“Winning this week has really given my self-belief a good boost and hopefully I can push on now.
“Now I need to keep my game at this level in the IGT Tour’s Race to Q-School events, so I can nail down my Sunshine Tour card at Qualifying School in December.”
McIntyre won the first BDGA Academy Classic in June and used his home course advantage to reel in four birdies and an eagle for a 68 and low round honours, while Minnie packed four bogeys, three birdies and an eagle three at 18 into his 71.
Fellow GFG Academy members Ivanna Samu and Carrie Park tied for 14th and 22nd respectively.
Samu had a lone birdie at 14 on her way to a 76 and Park mixed four birdies with five bogeys for a 73.
(All players RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as AMA)
212 - Louis Taylor (AMA) 73 68 71
214 - David McIntyre (AMA) 75 71 68, Herman Minnie 71 72 71
215 - Dylan Docherty (AMA) 69 71 75
217 - Kyle Barker (AMA) 76 72 69, Sean Olfsen (AMA) 72 71 74
218 - Devan Payne (AMA) 73 71 74
219 - Hilton Hughes (AMA) 74 75 70, CJ Levey (AMA) 71 75 73, Siphiwe Siphayi 71 75 73, Matthew Adams (AMA) 75 68 76, Danie Pretorius 72 69 78
220 - Jacques Ungerer 78 70 72
221 - Joubert van Eeden (AMA) 73 75 73, Ivanna Samu (AMA) 73 72 76, Bryce Leach (AMA) 74 69 78
222 - Cole Dodgen (AMA) 73 76 73, Matt Bright (AMA) 75 71 76, Michael Kok (AMA) 75 74 73
223 - Michael Pienaar (AMA) 71 71 81, Dylan Mostert (AMA) 75 76 72
225 - Vincent Mienie (AMA) 75 70 80, Carrie Park (AMA) 75 77 73
226 - Louwtjie J van Vuuren (AMA) 73 77 76, Tumelo Molloyi (AMA) 72 78 76, Morne Wolmarans (AMA) 77 75 74
227 - Gregory Beltramo 76 74 77
228 - Christiaan Pretorius 74 73 81
229 - Simon Kruger 76 72 81, Godfrey Mphaga 79 72 78
231 - Jason Ackerman (AMA) 73 76 82, Norman Beggs 77 73 81
232 - Dwayne Coetzee 76 72 84
235 - Tung-nan Lin (AMA) TWN 74 78 83
245 - Duan Nagel (AMA) 75 77 93 ... See MoreSee Less
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Taylor, Pretorius in pursuit at Eagle Canyon
(PHOTO: Louis Taylor; credit CJ du Plooy)
JOHANNESBURG, 1 September 2015 – Edenvale’s Dylan Docherty knows he will have to hold his nerve for a maiden victory with fellow amateur Louis Taylor and pro Danie Pretorius breathing down his neck in IGT Tour’s BDGA Academy Classic at Eagle Canyon Country Club.
Docherty overcame a stumbling start in Tuesday’s second round to card a one under 71 and holds a slender one stroke lead at four-under-par 140 over the Free State pair.
The former Sunshine Tour professional wiped out a two-stroke overnight advantage with a bogey at 11 and a double-bogey at 12. He shaved two shots off his deficit with a pair of birdies before the turn and further gains at the second and fifth holes saw him finish in front again.
Pretorius also dropped three shots around the turn, but erased the damage with four birdies down the back for a 69 and Taylor negated bogeys at three, six and 11 with seven birdies for a 68.
Docherty took pride in his battling performance.
“It was a rough start, but I’m pleased that I turned things around,” the Modderfontein golfer said.
“It’s still early days with the new swing, but I played solid. After all the hard graft to get myself into this position, a win will do my self-belief the world of good.”
The Wanne Be A Champion player knows that he can’t afford to slip up over the last 18 holes.
“It’s going to take another very solid round to keep the chasing pack at bay,” he said.
“I haven’t been in this position in years, so I will definitely feel the pressure. It will be important to stay calm and focussed and not to let old habits creep into my swing under pressure.”
Taylor, one of South Africa’s leading amateurs in 2014, hopes to join twin-brother Eddie on the Sunshine Tour next year.
“It was a huge disappointment to miss out at Q-School, but I’ve moved on,” the Gary Player School For Champions player said.
“I’ve been working very hard on my game and making a lot of time for golf in the last seven months and it feels like all the aspects of my game are all in sync again and working together nicely.
“A breakthrough on the IGT Tour will go a long way in getting some self-belief back, but I’m not going to start the final round with a win in mind, though.
“I just want to approach the last 18 holes the same way I played the first two rounds. Post the best score I can and if it’s good enough, great; if not, there is always next time.”
Meanwhile Ivanna Samu, the country’s leading junior and senior amateur golfer, followed an opening 73 with an even-par 72 to tie for 10th with Vincent Minnie on one over 145.
The reigning Sanlam SA Women’s Amateur Stroke Play champion finished seven strokes ahead of fellow GFG Academy player Carrie Park, who signed for a second round 77.
SECOND ROUND SCORES
(All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as AMA)
140 - Dylan Docherty (AMA) 69 71
141 - Danie Pretorius 72 69, Louis Taylor (AMA) 73 68
142 - Michael Pienaar (AMA) 71 71
143 - Bryce Leach (AMA) 74 69, Herman Minnie 71 72, Matthew Adams (AMA) 75 68, Sean Olfsen (AMA) 72 71
144 - Devan Payne (AMA) 73 71
145 - Vincent Mienie (AMA) 75 70, Ivanna Samu (AMA) 73 72
146 - Siphiwe Siphayi 71 75, David McIntyre (AMA) 75 71, Matt Bright (AMA) 75 71, CJ Levey (AMA) 71 75
147 - Christiaan Pretorius 74 73
148 - Kyle Barker (AMA) 76 72, Dwayne Coetzee 76 72, Jacques Ungerer 78 70, Joubert van Eeden (AMA) 73 75, Simon Kruger 76 72
149 - Cole Dodgen (AMA) 73 76, Hilton Hughes (AMA) 74 75, Michael Kok (AMA) 75 74, Jason Ackerman (AMA) 73 76
150 - Louwtjie J van Vuuren (AMA) 73 77, Tumelo Molloyi (AMA) 72 78, Norman Beggs 77 73, Gregory Beltramo 76 74
151 - Dylan Mostert (AMA) 75 76, Godfrey Mphaga 79 72
152 - Tung-nan Lin (AMA) TWN 74 78, Morne Wolmarans (AMA) 77 75, Carrie Park (AMA) 75 77, Duan Nagel (AMA) 75 77
Missed the cut:-
154 - Niel Meyer 77 77
155 - Lloyd Herbst (AMA) 75 80
156 - Dylan de Beer 80 76
157 - Chris Haefele 78 79
158 - Terence Boardman 79 79
159 - Juan de Bruin (AMA) 80 79
161 - Lourens du Plessis 86 75
162 - Heinrich Venter (AMA) 89 73
163 - Alex Krebs (AMA) 81 82
180 - Chad Sales (AMA) 89 91
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IGT Pro Tour at Eagle Canyon Golf Estate
IGT BDGA Academy Classic
31 Aug - 2 Sep
Eagle Canyon Golf Estate
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Van Tonder charts course for future
(PHOTO – Danie van Tonder and fiancée Abigail Jacobs; credit CJ du Plooy)
JOHANNESBURG, 28 August 2015 – The first round of the D+D Real Czech Masters didn’t go exactly according to plan. Four bogeys, a double and a lone birdie for a mighty 77. Not exactly the number he had in mind when he started at the Albatross Golf Resort near Prague, but it’s all relative says South African rising star Danie van Tonder.
“It’s all a learning curve, isn’t it,” Van Tonder declares.
“Every hole, every round represents another chance to do better. The last five years has been one big learning curve, but the learning is never done.”
The 24-year-old Ebotse Links golfer has sure packed in a whole lot of learning since he left the amateur ranks as the South African Golf Association’s number one in 2010.
Van Tonder cut his teeth on the IGT Pro Golf Tour in 2011, where he dominated with 10 victories in 18 starts before he earned his card for the 2012 Sunshine Tour.
Twelve months later, he finished the season as the leading rookie and two years on, narrowly lost the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit Race to Thomas Aiken.
And the pay-offs were huge.
The strapping South African got his first taste of the big stage with some of the world-beaters in the Nedbank Golf Challenge in December. He had the chance to rub shoulders with the best in the game at the World Golf Championship Cadillac Championship in April and will do so again in the HSBC Champions in November.
“When you play in fields like that, you get a sense of belonging; it confirms that your journey is on the right track,” Van Tonder said after the IGT Tour’s CA Academy Classic at Wingate Park Country Club earlier this month.
“I wanted to get the rust off before Europe, but this has been a nice home-coming. It’s important to remember where you came from, if you want to get where you are going.
“The IGT Tour gave me a very good idea of what to expect in the pro ranks and a load of confidence that got me through that first brutal year on the Sunshine Tour. It’s cut-throat in the paid ranks, but I was ready for it and I faced it head-on.
“The Sunshine Tour had a long winter break and going back to the IGT Tour gave me a chance to get competitive again, without worrying about the Order of Merit or things like that. I got the swing going again. If it was four rounds, I might have caught Jacques (Kruyswijk). I think he got a kick out of beating me, but it was good for me, too.
“The IGT Tour has become a seriously professional outfit. I was amazed at how much it has grown and how high the standard is. The guys are seriously competitive and that’s good for golf.”
Van Tonder currently ranks 29th on the local money list, but the Race to Dubai rankings is weighing on his mind.
“The Sunshine Tour has prepared me well for Europe, especially with all the co-sanctioned events we have,” he said. “Europe is the next step for me and I’m chasing a card for 2016.
“At the moment I’m lying around the 140 mark, so I have some hard work ahead. I need to make up at least 30 spots to guarantee my card for next season.
“I have limited starts, so need to make every tournament count.”
Lying 14 shots off the pace and six strokes over the projected cut is not exactly ideal, but Van Tonder is keeping a clear head.
“I can’t get negative mode just because of one bad round,” he said. “If I miss the cut this week, I’ve just got to better and harder at the M2M Russian Open next week.
“Like I said, it’s a learning curve. Overnight fame only happens overnight for a handful of players.
“For the rest of us grunts, it’s a grind; a process we have to work through. I made some huge leaps on the Sunshine Tour in a short space of time, but this is a big leagues. The key is not to get intimidated, not to get negative and to stay confident in your game. Take your punches and move on.” ... See MoreSee Less
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Roelofsz rallies for hat-trick at Kyalami
(PHOTO – Drew Roelofsz and Gary Player School for Champions’ Adriaan van Pletzen; credit CJ du Plooy)
JOHANNESBURG, 26 August 2015 - On a day of drama at the Gary Player School for Champions Academy Classic, Drew Roelofsz joined an exclusive list of three-time winners this season after he rallied to seal his IGT Tour hat-trick with a slender one stroke victory on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old Edenvale professional rescued himself from a crashing start at Kyalami Country Club and wrestled his way to an even-par 72 to finish ahead of Christiaan Pretorius on six under 210.
Roelofsz broke a 16-month title drought with his first win of the season at the BDGA Academy Classic at Eagle Canyon in April and he doubled up at the Autumn Swing Classic at ERMP in May.
“Both were tough events and good wins, but this one was definitely one for the books,” he said. “I’ve learned to perform under pressure, but hell, I made it really tough on myself.”
Roelofsz began the final round with a two shot advantage at six under, but swiftly plunged out of contention with a bogey start and successive drops at four, five and six.
“It was a train-wreck of a start, but I slammed on the brakes with a birdie at seven,” he said.
“After that I only wanted to win this thing. I was really upset with myself, but I knew from experience that if I kept on stewing, it would only go from bad to worse. I forced myself to let go of the bogeys, because it’s never over till it’s over.”
Roelofsz mounted his comeback with successive birdies at 12, 13 and 14.
“I hit it to a foot at 12 and got the birdie and nearly eagled the par-five,” he said. “I boxed a three-footer for birdie at the par three. Just like that, I was back to six under.
“The next two holes were very close. My birdie attempt at 15 broke away at the hole and the birdie chance at 16 horse-shoed out.”
With two holes to play, Roelofsz was one stroke clear of Pretorius, who birdied 16 and 18 for a 68 to set the clubhouse target at five under.
Playing partner Simon Kruger also turned up the pressure with birdies at 13 and 15 and the GFG Academy player lagged just three shots behind.
“Simon birdied 17 to close the gap and the pressure was on,” Roelofsz said.
“I had a 40-footer for birdie and hit it right in the sweet spot and it raced into the hole. Simon birdied 18 to get to five under, but I hit my second in the water and finished with a bogey.
“That birdie at 17 was my saving grace; it kept me out of a three-way play-off.”
The GolfSpecialist player was pleased to join Michael Palmer and Christiaan Bezuidenhout as the season’s third hat-trick champion.
“This win shows me just how much stronger my mental game has grown and that comes purely from putting myself in contention almost every week,” he said.
Kruger signed off with a 71 to join Pretorius in second, while Jason Froneman from the Gary Player School for Champions, already a winner this season, also carded a 71 to finish in third on 214.
Sunshine Ladies Tour winner Nicole Garcia tied for sixth with amateur Werner van Wyk on 216.
Pretorius scored R500 for posting the low score of the day and collected a dozen Srixon balls as the leading Srixon player in the tournament.
“It was close, but at least I didn’t come away empty-handed,” the Benoni Lake player said. “Drew, Christiaan and Michael has set all of us a target to chase and its game on now.”
(All players RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as AMA)
210 - Bryandrew Roelofsz 71 67 72
211 - Christiaan Pretorius 72 71 68, Simon Kruger 70 70 71
214 - Jason Froneman 73 70 71
215 - Bryn Flanagan 71 72 72
216 - Werner Van Wyk (AMA) 68 75 73, Nicole Garcia 68 74 74
218 - Joubert Van Eeden (AMA) 71 74 73
219 - Michael Ryan (AMA) 71 76 72, CJ Levey (AMA) 72 72 75, Herman Minnie 65 76 78
220 - Chris Erasmus 75 73 72
222 - Andrew Carlsson (AMA) 77 71 74
223 - Jacques Ungerer 78 72 73, Sheldon Steyn ZIM 74 73 76, Carlos Arroyo (AMA) 78 68 77
224 - Dylan Docherty (AMA) 76 74 74
225 - Michael Van Hoeck (AMA) BEL 77 74 74, Duan Nagel (AMA) 75 75 75, Ru-Juan Lessingh (AMA) 79 73 73, Jacques de Villiers 75 77 73, Vico Kuhn 70 77 78
226 - Justin Levy NLD 74 76 76, Matthew Adams (AMA) 78 74 74, Bryce McCabe 73 75 78, Michael Schutz (AMA) 66 78 82
227 - Sean Coomer (AMA) 79 71 77, Matthew Kiewitz (AMA) 73 81 73, David Lamprecht 80 75 72
228 - Hein Dreyer (AMA) 77 73 78
229 - Michael Kok (AMA) 74 75 80
230 - Ryan Wingrove (AMA) 75 76 79, Rikus Oosthuizen (AMA) 75 76 79, Bonita Bredenhann NAM 79 77 74
231 - Dwayne Coetzee 79 72 80, Michael Pienaar (AMA) 78 75 78, Chris Van Tonder (AMA) 80 76 75
232 - Lloyd Herbst (AMA) 76 78 78
233 - Matt Bright (AMA) 80 74 79, Ricardo Towell 78 78 77, Amerigo Renieri (AMA) 78 79 76, Ricky Hendler (AMA) 78 80 75
234 - Maxime Deffontaine (AMA) (BEL) 78 76 80, Niel Meyer 79 76 79
235 - Nikola Uskokovic (AMA) 80 74 81, Keaton Slatter (AMA) 75 81 79, Morne Wolmarans (AMA) 77 79 79, Tyron Mc Comb 82 76 77
237 - Tung- nan Lin (AMA) TWN 78 79 80
239 - Collin Campher (AMA) 81 77 81
241 - Angelo Marques (AMA) 80 77 84
244 - Sergio Alves (AMA) 76 82 86
N/R - Richard Crawshay-Hall 73 77 N/R
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