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Tristen Strydom putt's for eagle but makes birdie on the 18th at Wingate to win the IGT WINGATE CHALLENGE by six shots over Aubrey Beckels Beckley on -8.
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LPGA Tour Stage I Qualifying Tournament in California
Results after round 1
T20 Carrie Park 35-35 70 -2
T227 Nicole Garcia 38-39 77 +5
T256 Nobuhle Dlamini 41-37 78 +6 ... See MoreSee Less
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IGT Tour campaigners set for Q-School test
RANCHO MIRAGE, California United States (25 August 2016) - Class is in at the LPGA Tour Stage I Qualifying Tournament in California where IGT Tour regulars Nicole Garcia, Carrie Park and Nobuhle Dlamini have joined Ekurhuleni amateur Lora Assad and 344 other hopefuls looking to play their way onto the 2017 LPGA Tour.
First round action that gets underway at the Mission Hills Golf Club in Rancho Mirage today.
The field from 45 countries chasing passage to Stage II is nearly double the international subscription of 2015 and features 93 amateurs and 22 players that will be the sole representatives of their countries, including Dlamini from Swaziland.
The format is 72 holes of stroke-play competition, with a cut to the top 130 and ties advancing to the final round.
The top 60 and ties after four rounds will advance to Stage II of LPGA Qualifying Tournament at the Plantation Golf and Country Club from 17-23 October in Florida and all the players who complete 54 holes receive Symetra Tour status for 2017.
“We’ll play one round each at the Arnold Palmer, Dinah Shore, and Gary Player courses and the final round at the Dinah Shore Course on Sunday,” said Garcia. “Each course has its own quirks, but for us the biggest challenge will be coping with the very high temperatures and humidity.
“The Dinah Shore hosts the ANA Inspiration and you can see why it’s a Major championship course. The greens are superb and fast, and the fairways are generous. The Gary Player course is shorter and tougher, just what you would expect from Gary Player and the Arnold Palmer is similar to Dinah Shore.
“The greens at the other courses are quite big, but the greens at the Gary Player greens are substantially smaller. The greens at Gary Player and Arnold Palmer are also not rolling quite as good as Dinah Shore, but they are definitely score-able.
“All the courses have some long holes where we have five-iron distance in, but it is fair, because there are some shorter holes to score on, too. The fairways are all pretty wide, so it’s going to be an iron and putting show this week. We had a look at some of the competition and there is a lot of talent. But that’s why we’ve come all this way. We are all up for the challenge.”
Twenty-two players advanced from Stage I through to the Final Stage in 2015 and Assad and the Sunshine Ladies Tour trio will be looking to follow in the footsteps of three-time champion Bertine Strauss, who won the Stage I last year.
Garcia, Park and Dlamini have been honing their games on IGT Tour back home since the end of the 2016 Sunshine Ladies Tour season.
They have put up some impressive results on South Africa’s premier development golf circuit, especially Park, who notched seven top 10 finishes, including runner-up spots in the ERPM Challenge in April and the Ebotse Challenge three weeks ago.
“We all worked on various aspects to strengthen our chances,” said Park.
“I concentrated a lot on gaining more distance and consistency, Nicole and Nobby worked on their driving and we all sharpened our short games. Whether we’ve done enough to make it to Stage II remains to be seen, but I’d say we all feel pretty confident with the clubs in our hands.”
Like Garcia, Dlamini holds a card on the Ladies European Tour, but she hopes to take her game to the United States.
“Like Carrie said, we’ve worked incredibly hard on the IGT Tour the last few months,” Dlamini said. “We are all driving the ball really well and putting well, so I’m really hopeful that we can all cross this first hurdle. It’s really great to have each other here to turn to for support.
“Hopefully we all make it to Stage II, but if not, I hope we can at least all get Symetra Tour status. Paula (Reto) went that route after university to get onto the LPGA Tour and Stacy (Bregman) is already competing on the Symetra Tour. It would be great to have a group of us out here to support each other.”
Assad is currently completing her senior year at Texas State University.
A finalist in the 2014 Sanlam SA Women’s Amateur Championship, Assad represented South Africa in the 2015 Astor Trophy and has won several titles on the amateur circuit at home.
Last year she was named First Team All-Sun Belt Conference after claiming a career first win for the Texas Bobcats in the Delta Gamma Challenge.
PHOTOS – Nicole Garcia, Carrie Park and Nobuhle Dlamini.
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IGT Pro Tour with Tristen Strydom at Wingate Park Country Club.
Strydom seals second IGT Tour title in style
TSHWANE, 24 August 2016 – Tristen Strydom continued the amateur dominance of the 2016 IGT Tour season when he swept to a second victory in four weeks at the Wingate Challenge on Wednesday.
The Golf RSA National Squad member represents Ekurhuleni, but his parents lives just a stone’s throw away from Wingate Park Country Club and Strydom spent most of his junior career honing his game at the championship layout. His affinity for the course showed as he reeled in seven birdies to march to six shot victory on 14-under-par 202.
Aubrey Beckley fired a final round 67 to take sole second, five shots ahead of fellow North West amateur Danie van Niekerk, who signed for a 72.
Local amateur Ruan Conradie – already a winner this season – shared fourth on two under with Sunshine Tour player Coert Groenewald and England’s David Ashley. The trio posted respective rounds of 70, 71 and 76.
Strydom held a one shot advantage at the start of the final round, but pulled well clear of the field with a trio of birdies from the second hole. He parred his way through the turn and closed with a flurry of birdies over the last four holes to post a flawless seven-under-par 65.
“That was such an enjoyable round,” said the Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate player.
“I felt no pressure out there and I knew when I got in position on the front nine that I could pull it through. I kept a cool head and made sure that I sunk the important putts.
“I hit the ball really well and my distance putting was good, too. Even when I got it slightly wrong, I was able to cosy it up to two or three feet. I played rock solid and it felt like a simple day in the office. I’m most proud of the fact that I didn’t drop a shot all day.”
The victory moved Strydom to sixth in the Order of Merit Rankings, but it’s his stroke average after the last four events that left him brimming with excitement about the future.
“I posted sub-par scores in the last six rounds and that’s great news,” he said. “I plan to play the first stage of the European Tour’s Qualifying School and I just want to keep building on this.
“There’s still work to be done, but I’m really happy with the progress I’ve made since we returned from the Golf RSA National Squad Tour to the United Kingdom two months ago.”
And Strydom is not the only amateur making inroads on the IGT Tour.
When the IGT Tour launched in 2010, the winner’s circle chiefly belonged to rookie professionals or Sunshine Tour campaigners.
However, South Africa’s young pretenders began making their mark in the last two years and when you take away former European Tour champion Anton Haig’s hat-trick of wins and Sunshine Tour regular Ockie Strydom’s four victories this season, the amateurs outperformed their professional peers with victories in nine of the remaining 17 stroke play events.
Estiaan Conradie bagged a trio of titles, Strydom has two and Philip Kruse, Eric Nel and Kyle McClatchie are all first time winners this season alongside Ruan Conradie.
“Competing against the pros definitely helps to take your game to the next level,” Strydom said.
“A lot of our former top amateurs cut their teeth in the pro ranks here on the IGT Tour and they have gone on to perform well on the main Tours, like Haydn (Porteous), Zander (Lombard) and Christiaan (Bezuidenhout). They all rose to the number one spot on the amateur circuit, so the experience gained here definitely puts you ahead of the class.”
FINAL RESULT - TOP 20
202 - Tristen Strydom AMA 71 66 65
208 - Aubrey Beckley AMA 72 69 67
213 - Danie Van Niekerk AMA 70 71 72
214 - Ruan Conradie AMA 76 68 70, Coert Groenewald 70 73 71, David Ashley (ENG) 71 67 76
215 - NJ Arnoldi 74 67 74
217 - Matthew Spacey 79 69 69
218 - Phillip Kruse AMA 74 72 72, Graham van der Merwe 71 72 75
219 - Jonathan Waschefort 76 74 69, Stephan Erasmus AMA 79 70 70, Paul Boshoff AMA 76 72 71, Pieter Moolman 74 73 72
220 - Kyle Barker AMA 76 74 70, Francois Coetzee 75 72 73, Combrinck Smit AMA 75 71 74, Estiaan Conradie AMA 76 69 75, Damian Naicker 73 70 77
222 - Werner Van Wyk 74 72 76
PHOTO - Tristen Strydom; credit CJ du Plooy.
ABOUT THE IGT TOUR
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IGT Pro Tour at Wingate Golf Club.
A hair-raising moment for tournament leader Tristen Strydom after almost hitting his tee shot out of bounds on the 12th par 4. He punch through the n trees into the greenside bunker, hit a great shot out of the bunker and nailed the put to save par.
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Strydom surges clear at Wingate Challenge TSHWANE, 23 August 2016 - Tristen Strydom’s fine form on the IGT Tour continued as the Ekurhuleni amateur forced his way to the top of the Wingate Challenge with a superb round of six-under-par 66 in Tuesday’s second round. The 19-year-old stomped his authority on the tournament with an eagle and five birdies and dropped just one shot at Wingate Park Country Club as he moved into the top spot at seven-under-par 137. He leads by one shot from England’s David Ashley, who eagled the 18th for a 67. Danie van Niekerk – who held a share of the first round lead – also made three at the closing par five for a 71. He lies four off the pace in joint third with fellow North West amateur Aubrey Beckley and NJ Arnoldi. Beckley shot 69 and Arnoldi signed for a 67. Damian Naicker and Graham van der Merwe posted respective rounds of 70 and 72 to join the other overnight leader Coert Groenewald, who slipped to sixth with a 73. Strydom was benched with a back injury in May and struggled to regain the form that took him to the number one spot in the rankings since he returned to the game at the SA Open in January. After a tour to the United Kingdom in June, he took some serious decisions about his game. “You can’t compete unless you are completely committed,” he said. “I realised I was in a bad head space and I knew that was holding me back. I shifted into a more positive frame of mind, increased my fitness regime and spent a lot more time practicing than I’ve ever done.” The extra effort had an immediate effect on his game and his attitude and he quickly found his winning form again on the country’s premier development Tour. He won the Irene Challenge in his first start just under a month ago and finished second in his second start at the Kyalami Challenge last week. Bidding for a second victory, Strydom overhauled the first round leaders at the par-five second with a chip-in eagle from 20 feet and followed up with birdies at six and seven to take the lead. “I set up the birdies at six and seven with two big drives,” he said. “I hit lob-wedge to five feet at the 12th and made a good chip-and-putt at the 13th for another pair of birdies. “I was driving the ball really well all day, but I gave the approach just a little too much at 17 and flew the green. I hit a pretty decent chip to four feet, but the par putt slipped past.” After another really solid drive at 18, Strydom hit seven-iron just short of the green, chipped it close and holed the birdie putt. “All in all it was a solid day,” he said. “I hit 10 of 14 fairways and made 28 putts; that’s the kind of stats I had going when I was winning and it feels good to be rounds like that together again. I feel like my game is just about at the level it was when I was winning a lot and that gives me a lot of confidence.” SECOND ROUND SCORES - TOP 20 137 - Tristen Strydom� AMA 71 66 138 - David Ashley (ENG) 71 67 141 - Danie Van Niekerk� AMA 70 71, N.j. Arnoldi� 74 67, Aubrey Beckels Beckley� AMA 72 69 143 - Coert Groenewald� 70 73, Damian Naicker 73 70, Graham van der Merwe 71 72 144 - Ruan Conradie� AMA 76 68 145 - Estiaan Conradie� AMA 76 69 146 - Werner van Wyk 74 72, Combrinck Smit AMA 75 71, Phillip Kruse AMA 74 72 147 - Pieter Moolman 74 73, Francois Coetzee 75 72 148 - Deon Bredenkamp 77 71, Arno Pretorius AMA 74 74, Paul Boshoff� AMA 76 72, Matthew Spacey� 79 69 149 - Stephan Erasmus AMA 79 70, Chris Wicks AMA 78 71 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 WINGATE CHALLENGE 2016 - LEADERBOARD
Tristen Strydom and David Ashley have a slight advantage over the the field at the moment at 6 and 7 under par.
Tomorrow will be a good battle to watch if you live in the Pretoria East area.
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