IGT Challenge Tour added 19 new photos — at Centurion Country Club.
IGT Race to Q-School #18
Final race to Q-School event.
Centurion Country Club
27 Feb Monday - 1 Mar Wednesday
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IGT Challenge Tour added 168 new photos to the album: IGT Challenge Tour Randpark Firethorn 20-22 February 2017 — with David Terrence Ashley and Sean Bradley at Randpark Golf Club.
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IGT Challenge Tour with GFG Academy at Randpark Golf Club.
Levey lights up at Randpark
RANDPARK, 22 February 2017 – Pretoria golfer CJ Levey left nothing out on the Firethorn Course as he winged his way to a second IGT Challenge Tour victory in Race to Q-School #17 on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old fired a five-under-par 67 to beat rookies Ruan Conradie and Paul Boshoff to step into the winner’s circle with a one-shot victory on seven under 137.
The three T’s – Tristen Strydom, Thriston Lawrence and Terence Boardman – tied for fourth at four under, while Jabulane Mabilane closed with a 73 to grab a share of seventh at three under with fellow first round leader Jacques de Villiers and rookie Estiaan Conradie.
Levey was thrilled to end a 10-month winning drought so close to the Sunshine Tour’s Qualifying School next month.
“This was just what I needed,” Levey said. “I was involved in a car crash shortly after I won the Pro Squad Classic last April and it took me a long time to recover. My coach (Graeme Francis) and I also began working on two swing changes that took a while to come together, so I definitely didn’t expect to be standing here with a trophy in my hands just before Q-School.
“This gives me a lot of confidence and my coach and my mate Simon Kruger deserves some credit. Simon took the bag this week and he did an incredible job of keeping me relaxed but in the moment. He just had the right words at the right time. While I worked on the swing changes, I had my doubts. You put in all that hard graft, but you can’t help wondering if it’s worth it. To lift the trophy is the best reward for the work we’ve done and this is a win for all three of us.”
The GFG Academy player was two shots behind the four-way tie at the top after a first round 70 on Monday, but he had a 24-hour long wait to launch his title bid when second round was abandoned after flooding rendered the course unplayable.
Levey made a solid start with a birdie at the second hole, but Ruan Conradie burst out of the gates with a four-birdie run to shoot to the top of the pile. Levey reduced the gap with back-to-back birdies at four and five, but he still lagged three behind Conradie at the turn.
“I had a three-putt bogey at six, but Simon turned to me and said that’s great; it takes the pressure of a bogey-free rounds, so now I could just play,” Levey said. “I hit a great shot into 10 and made the three-footer for birdie, but Ruan made birdie at 12 to stay three shots clear.
“We both birdied the par five, but I knew I had a chance when he dropped two shots at the short hole (15). I told Simon six under wouldn’t be enough to win, but 16 and 17 are two very tough holes. I had been hitting the three-wood really well all day, so I took it out the bag and hit a great one down 16. I had 130 metres to the pin, and flew a pitching wedge to 20 foot and holed the putt.
“Once I got it to seven under, I just wanted to play the last two holes solidly; no fancy tricks. I hit a good tee shot at 17 but it found the bunker and plugged just under the lip. It was a pretty tense moment but I did some good work there to up-and-down for par.”
Levey said the nerves set in on 18.
“I hit it short and had 15 metres short of the green and had to chip it up, but I got it in the hole for the win, and that’s all that matters,” Levey said. “It’s exciting to go to the last event in the Race to Q-School series next week on the back of a solid performance. Hopefully I can keep it going.”
FINAL RESULT (TOP 20)
137 - CJ Levey 70 67
138 - Ruan Conradie 70 68, Paul Boshoff 69 69
140 - Thriston Lawrence 71 69, Terence Boardman 71 69, Tristen Strydom 69 71
141 - Estiaan Conradie 71 70, Jacques de Villiers 68 73, Jabulane Mabilane 68 73
142 - Joubert van Eeden 71 71, Andi Dill 74 68, Elmo Barnard AMA 75 67
143 - Michael Schutz 72 71, Bryce Myburgh 73 70, Bryce McCabe 72 71, Matt Bright 71 72, Andrew van der Knaap AMA 71 72, Pieter Moolman 71 72, Stephan de Beer 70 73, Otto van Greunen 69 74, Gilson Filho (BRA) 68 75
PHOTO - CJ Levey; credit CJ du Plooy.
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IGT Challenge Tour with Randpark Golf Club at Randpark Golf Club.
Nyambi loves baptism of fire on IGT Challenge Tour
RANDPARK, 21 February 2017 – Tshepo Nyambi loves numbers. He especially loves numbers that guide and helps one to plan for effective solutions.
Numbers was the reason Nyambi spent 10 years at Statistics South Africa and numbers was why he partnered up with Norman Mashaba to start Shandukani, a management company guided young amateurs like Maketha Mazibuko, among others, into the pro ranks.
After a decade of playing with numbers, the Kimberley native switched gears. His love for the game of golf finally won out and these days, Nyambi is earning his stripes on the IGT Challenge Tour.
You won’t find him among the wave of young professionals and amateur hopefuls playing on the country’s premier golf development circuit, though.
The 40-year-old began an internship at the start of the season to train as a tournament director and right now, he is staging, starting and scoring.
On Tuesday, he also experienced his first case of ‘abandoned play’ when torrential rain forced the organisers to cancel the second round of the Race to Q-School #17 at Randpark Golf Club.
Nyambi will have to pitch up at the crack of dawn on Wednesday for the final round at the Firethorn Course, but he says he is having the time of his life.
“I followed the IGT Challenge Tour since it first launched back in 2010 and I watched the tour blossom,” Nyambi said.
“This tour gives our amateurs a realistic bridge between the amateur and pro ranks. Here they learn to cope with the pressure of the pro ranks, they build confidence and gain experience and they can make informed decisions about their future with the statistical data the tour provides.
“All these aspects really appealed to me. When I decided to get more involved with the administrative side of golf, the IGT Challenge Tour was a great fit.”
Nyambi has started right at the bottom, the only place he says, where you learn things the right way.
“I’m shadowing Cois du Plooy, the commissioner of the IGT Challenge Tour, who started this tour and learning the ropes from him,” Nyambi said.
“The only way to can tell people what to do is if you’ve done it yourself. So I’m learning everything there is to know, from marking tee boxes and pin positions; from starting to scoring and the rules of golf in between so I can sit the R&A Rules Exam next year.”
Mazibuko applauded the IGT Tour’s initiative to pull Nyambi into the fold.
“You won’t find a more passionate and committed guy than Tshepo,” Mazibuko said. “He supported me out if his own pocket when I first joined the pro ranks and I owe him a huge debt of gratitude for guiding me over the hurdles in those first few months on Tour.
“I think it’s fantastic that Tshepo is getting stuck into golf administration and especially on the IGT Challenge Tour, where he can guide a lot of the up-and-coming black golfers.”
Nyambi said his ultimate goal is to keep young golfers in the industry.
“Once I am qualified, I hope to train more golf administrators with Cois,” he said. “We lose many golfers every year who don’t have the talent, the means or the opportunities to turn pro or to make it into the pro ranks.
“We need to keep those golfers involved by bringing them into golf administration; teach them to run tournaments, to do the rules courses and so on. We should be doing everything we can to keep people with a passion for golf in the sport.”
Du Plooy also hopes Nyambi’s appointment will motivate more previously disadvantaged golfers to look to administration as a way to stay in the sport.
“Tshepo’s appointment corresponded with the deal between ourselves and the Sunshine Tour to host the 30-strong group of Gary Player School of 2017 members on the IGT Challenge Tour,” Du Plooy said. “He can dialogue with the players and his input has already proven invaluable, since he can provide us with great feedback on the day-to-day challenges that this group of players face. His passion and commitment for the game is infectious and we are excited to have him on board.”
PHOTO – Tshepo Nyambi; credit CJ du Plooy.
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IGT Challenge Tour with Jabulane Mabilane.
Mabilane makes his move at Randpark
RANDPARK, 20 February 2017 – Jabulane Mabilane barely had enough time to stick a peg in the ground and fire his tee shot down the first hole as time ran out on his 11h00 start in the IGT Challenge Tour’s Race to Q-School #17 at Randpark Golf Club on Monday.
The 19-year-old Nelspruit golfer negated a bogey-bogey start with a brace of birdies at the third and fourth holes and four birdies down the back nine at the Firethorn Course gained Mabilane a share of the four-way tie at four-under-par 68.
Mabilane shares the top spot with Gilson Filho from Brazil, Jacques de Villiers and amateur Paul Colditz and the quartet leads by one shot from Jonathan Waschefort, Tristen Strydom, Paul Boshoff and Otto van Greunen.
“This was not the result I imagined when I got to the first tee with seconds to spare and dropped shots at the first two holes,” said the delighted Nelspruit golfer.
“I thought this was going to be a very, very long day. My friend picked me up at the World of Golf but he ran late because of traffic. We were scrambling to make it to Randpark in time and I was so hurried that I made a terrible mess of the first hole.
“My tee shot went into the rough left and I hooked my second into the trees. All I could do was punch out. I got a lucky bounce to finish short of the green, chipped and made the bogey putt. I’ve never played this course and I couldn’t afford to play a practice round, so I didn’t really know where to go at the second. I opted to go left and finished in the water. It was a wet and wild start, but luckily I turned things around with the birdies at three and four.”
Mabilane wanted to play it safe at the third after dropping two shots and he aimed to finish short of the bunker, but he put a little too much strength behind the shot and plugged in the bunker.
“I hit a fantastic trap shot from 130 metres to six feet and made the birdie putt, and that give me a little boost,” he said. “I two-putted the par five to get myself back to level and picked up another birdie at the eighth to turn one under.”
A trio of birdies from 12 to 14 took him to the front of the pack, and he overturned a three-putt bogey at 12 with birdie at 17.
“I had lip-outs at seven and 16 and missed a really short one at nine, so it could have been better, but who is complaining,” Mabilane said. “The way the day started I never imagined I’d be tied for the lead. I was just hoping to finish well enough to make the cut tomorrow.”
Mabilane turned pro at the end of 2015, but his first season was hampered by financial restraints.
“My parents are funding me and things were tight last year, so I only played the Big Easy Tour and a few IGT Challenge Tour events,” he said. “They were able to put money away for me to send me to Johannesburg this year. I’m staying in Klipfontein and playing all the Race to Q-Schools until the Sunshine Tour Qualifying School in March. Hopefully I make it. At least I’m into the final stage after the Vusi Ngubeni. And I’m getting a really good look at the course this week.
“I want to show my parents that the investment in me is worth it, but it’s a lot of added pressure. I hope I can at least play my way into the Gary Player Class of 2018 next year. If I don’t make it at Q-School this year, I’m going to play IGT full time and the Big Easy Tour. It’s amazing how much you learn and the experience will help me a lot.”
FIRST ROUND SCORES (TOP 20)
68 - Jabulane Mabilane, Gilson Filho (BRA), Paul Colditz AMA, Jacques de Villiers
69 - Jonathan Waschefort, Tristen Strydom, Paul Boshoff, Otto Van Greunen
70 - Stephan de Beer, Matthew Spacey, Ruan Conradie, Sean Bradley, Bennie van der Merwe, CJ Christopher James Levey, Matthew Vogel
71 - Pieter Moolman, Werner van Wyk, Terence Boardman, Estiaan Conradie, Thriston Lawrence, Andrew Van Der Knaap AMA, John McClean (NIR), Joubert van Eeden, Matt Bright, John Bele, Vico Kuhn, WM Coetzee AMA, Byron Garvie, Thabang Simon, David David Terrence Ashley (ENG), Ruan Korb AMA
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IGT Challenge Tour added 334 new photos to the album: IGT Challenge Tour Randpark Firethorn 20-22 February 2017 Day 1 — with Richie O Donovan and Randpark Golf Club0153882260234895">Gregg Blainey at Randpark Golf Club.
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