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IGT IRENE CHALLENGE 2016 - FINAL DAY

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Boardman stalks Strydom at Irene Challenge

TSHWANE, 26 July 2016 – Amateur Tristen Strydom pulled two strokes clear at the 36-hole mark at the Irene Challenge on Tuesday, but the Pretoria native will have joint overnight leader Terence Boardman from Edenvale snapping at his heels in Wednesday’s final round.
Strydom – already a winner on the country’s premier development Tour in 2014 – gave himself the ideal opportunity to notch a second IGT Tour victory when he secured the lead at eight under 136 with a superb five-under-par 67 at Irene Country Club.
A two-shot gap could be enough to pave the way for Strydom to the winner’s circle, but Boardman, who posted a second successive 69, is just as hungry to add a second title to his haul this season.
Sunshine Ladies Tour campaigner Carrie Park stayed in touch with a 70 that saw her finish at three under and joint third with Zimbabwean Ray Badenhorst, who shot 68, while Ekurhuleni amateur Kyle McClatchie fired the low round of the day – a six-under-par 66 courtesy of a birdie-eagle finish – to slip into fifth at two under.
Dainfern amateur Dean Martin returned a 69 to complete the pack that came home below par.
Strydom burst from the blocks with a birdie and pocketed two more gains at eight and nine to turn six under. He cancelled a lone drop at the par four 12th with a flurry of birdies at the last three holes.
“A lead, no matter how big or small, doesn’t mean you are in the clear,” the 19-year-old Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate player said. “You can look at what the other guys do, but you have to beat the golf course as best you can. I hit the ball better today and made some solid putts, so I just have to try to do the same tomorrow and limit the mistakes.”
Birdies at seven, 10, 11 and 16 offset a lone bogey at nine and kept Boardman in a position to challenge for victory. Coming off the Big Easy Tour season, the 2016 Kyalami Challenge champion believes the game time on the Sunshine Tour’s development initiative could serve him well in the final round.
“Although I had a pretty poor start to the Big Easy season, my game started picking up towards the end and I definitely feel that I am coming into the form that saw me win on the IGT Tour earlier this season,” he said.
“Tristen has a two shot lead and he is playing well, so I will have to shoot a low number to beat him. But you can’t think about that; you just have to go out, do your best and see what happens.”
South Korea’s Park hopes to continue a stunning season that has seen her reel in six top 10 places, including a runner-up finish in April. The 19-year-old Seoul golfer refused to wilt under the pressure of a disastrous start and rallied with a trio of birdies over the closing holes to finish five off the pace.
“I had two bad swings at the second hole and paid for it with a double bogey,” Park said.
“I turned two over and my only goal was to play the back nine two under so I could finish with on par, but everything just worked perfectly over the last three holes. We are a long way behind Tristen, but it’s great to be in the top three again. Consistency is huge, and I’m pleased to be in this position again. I know this course well and if the weather is good, I might get a little bit more aggressive to try and shoot a low number. But we have to see what weather does, first.”
Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate’s McClatchie recently tied for second in a Big Easy Tour event at Kempton Park and he was delighted to see his name in the top five after his low 66.
“It’s nice to know that I am gaining confidence and getting more comfortable playing in the pro-environment,” said the 19-year-old Wanna Be A Champion Academy student. “I played poorly over the front nine in the first round, but I found something on the back nine. I was really calm and focussed out there today and I haven’t dropped a shot in 27 holes. Hopefully I can hand in another clean card tomorrow. It would be great to get a top 10 finish to take a bit of confidence to the EP / Border Stroke Play this weekend.”

SECOND ROUND SCORES - TOP 20
136 - Tristen Strydom AMA 69 67
138 - Terence Boardman 69 69
141 - Carrie Park 71 70, Ray Badenhorst (ZIM) 73 68
142 - Kyle McClatchie AMA 76 66
143 - Dean Martin AMA 74 69
144 - Ru-Juan Lessingh AMA 73 71, Graham van der Merwe 74 70, Gregg Blainey (ENG) 71 73, Jacques de Villiers 73 71, Theunis Bezuidenhout AMA 72 72
145 - Matthew Spacey 73 72, Ruan Korb AMA 70 75
146 - Teagan Moore 76 70, Estiaan Conradie AMA 74 72, Damian Naicker 70 76, Duane Keun 74 72, Joshua Seale 73 73, Stephan Erasmus AMA 72 74, David Nortje AMA 76 70

PHOTO – Terence Boardman; 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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Rainy conditions this morning on day 2 of the IGT IRENE CHALLENGE but the boys and girls are playing! #IGTproTour #IreneChallenge
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IGT IRENE CHALLENGE | LEADERBOARD - DAY 1:
-3 Terence Boardman (RSA)
-3 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! 

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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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Terence Boardman takes the early lead in the IGT IRENE CHALLENGE 2016
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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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