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Mr Nice seals memorable comeback at Kyalami

JOHANNESBURG, 25 April 2018 – Veteran Michiel Bothma dismissed the theory that nice guys don’t win when he stormed to a three shot victory in the IGT Challenge #3 at Kyalami Country Club on Wednesday.
In a professional career spanning 25 years, the soft-spoken, amicable ‘Mr Nice’ showed time and time again that he was made of sterner stuff with four titles on the Sunshine Tour, including two Telkom PGA Championships, and a Challenge Tour win. 
But Bothma was forced to give up the game two years ago when circulation problems in his legs severely affected his balance.
After social game late last year, a friend convinced Bothma he was ready to make his return. With the European Senior Tour beckoning, the 45-year-old began competing on the country’s premier golf development circuit.
If there was any doubt about his desire and determination to return, silenced his critics with a driven performance at Kyalami.
Six off the pace after a first round one-under-par 71, Bothma fired a 67 in the second round to start the final 18 one off the pace. It took him just four holes to catch leader DK Kim from South Korea. He produced a pair of eagles, a trio of birdies and lone bogey en route to a seven-under-par 65 that sealed his three shot triumph on three-under-par 203.
It was an emotional return to the winner’s circle for Bothma, whose last victory was the Barclays Kenya Open on the European Challenge Tour in 2011.
“I knew coming back that it would be a process of steps,” he said. “When I turned pro, I started out on the Diners Club Tour. Then I headed to America to play the mini-tours and then to Europe. After making a bunch of top five finishes on the EuroPro Tour, I came home and played the Sunshine Tour.
“Those who think you win right out of the blocks are clueless. That’s the exception to the rule. For most of us, it’s a long, hard grind and you have to do it in steps. Coming back, I started at the bottom. But this time around, I can do it on home soil. I don’t have to fork out thousands of Rands to compete abroad. We have a strong development Tour here.
“Three weeks ago I finished 16th, then 12th and then seventh last week in the first Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour event. I knew a win was coming closer, but I expected a top three this week. You can’t begin to imagine how happy I am right now.”
Bothma said the eagle at the par five fourth was the kicker that took him to the winner’s circle.
“I hit a solid drive down the middle and I had 211 metres to the pin,” he said. “I took 4-iron but I didn’t hit it pure and I worried it would be short. It pitched 25 metres pin high left and I hit the putt perfectly. When it dropped, I knew I could win.”
Kim made birdie and the duo headed to the sixth tied for the lead on eight-under. They both birdied the ninth and split the next three holes in pars.
“At the next par five (13), I had 209 metres to the pin,” said Bothma. “It looked like it landed close and DK’s second looked even closer. Turned out he had a five-footer and I had a 15-footer for eagle. I knew I needed to make that putt, because he is like bull terrier; he just doesn’t go away. I got the perfect stroke on the ball and it held the line, turning slightly at the end. His putt didn’t hold the line and he ended up making birdie.”
After Bothma stretched his lead to two with a birdie at 14, both players birdied the par four 15th but gave the shots back at the next hole.
“I wanted to draw the ball to finish short of the water, but I hit it a little hard,” said Bothma. “Luckily I got a soft bounce and it finished four feet short. DK’s second went in the bunker and I knew it would be a tough up-and-down, so I hit my second short and made the chip and putt from 25 feet for the birdie and the win.
“I am off the first step and on to the second and I swear I am hitting the ball better than I ever did in my career. Once you taste that winning feeling, you just want it to go on and on. I’d like to win two or three more IGT’s and a couple on the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour. Then I’ll be ready to return to the Sunshine Tour. Right now, I’m just letting this positive feeling sink in.”
Kim closed with a 69 to finish alone in second on 206, four shots clear of rookie Cameron Moralee who returned a final round 71.
A trio of 71s saw Sunshine Ladies Tour campaigner Ivanna Samu, first round leader Tristen Strydom and Ruan Korb tie for fourth on five-under 211.

FINAL RESULT (top 20)
203 - Michiel Bothma 71 67 65
206 - Dongkwan Kim (KOR) 71 66 69
210 - Cameron Moralee 69 70 71
211 - Tristen Strydom 65 75 71, Ivanna Samu 71 69 71, Ruan Korb 69 71 71
212 - Keaton Slatter AMA 72 72 68
213 - Andrew Carlsson 74 67 72
214 - Leon Vorster 73 72 69, Albert Venter 66 74 74
216 - Luke Brown 75 70 71
217 - Louis Botha 75 71 71
218 - David Mofokeng (LSO) 73 70 75
219 - Damian Naicker 72 72 75, Dwayne Basson 71 72 76
220 - Leon Visser 77 69 74, James Pennington (SWZ) 69 74 77, Ruhan van Dijk 71 69 80
221 - Hendrikus Stoop 70 76 75, Dino Capazario AMA 74 74 73, Albert Visser 78 70 73

PHOTO - Michiel Bothma; credit CJ du Plooy.

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Mr Nice seals memorable comeback at Kyalami

JOHANNESBURG, 25 April 2018 – Veteran Michiel Bothma dismissed the theory that nice guys don’t win when he stormed to a three shot victory in the IGT Challenge #3 at Kyalami Country Club on Wednesday.
In a professional career spanning 25 years, the soft-spoken, amicable ‘Mr Nice’ showed time and time again that he was made of sterner stuff with four titles on the Sunshine Tour, including two Telkom PGA Championships, and a Challenge Tour win.
But Bothma was forced to give up the game two years ago when circulation problems in his legs severely affected his balance.
After social game late last year, a friend convinced Bothma he was ready to make his return. With the European Senior Tour beckoning, the 45-year-old began competing on the country’s premier golf development circuit.
If there was any doubt about his desire and determination to return, silenced his critics with a driven performance at Kyalami.
Six off the pace after a first round one-under-par 71, Bothma fired a 67 in the second round to start the final 18 one off the pace. It took him just four holes to catch leader DK Kim from South Korea. He produced a pair of eagles, a trio of birdies and lone bogey en route to a seven-under-par 65 that sealed his three shot triumph on three-under-par 203.
It was an emotional return to the winner’s circle for Bothma, whose last victory was the Barclays Kenya Open on the European Challenge Tour in 2011.
“I knew coming back that it would be a process of steps,” he said. “When I turned pro, I started out on the Diners Club Tour. Then I headed to America to play the mini-tours and then to Europe. After making a bunch of top five finishes on the EuroPro Tour, I came home and played the Sunshine Tour.
“Those who think you win right out of the blocks are clueless. That’s the exception to the rule. For most of us, it’s a long, hard grind and you have to do it in steps. Coming back, I started at the bottom. But this time around, I can do it on home soil. I don’t have to fork out thousands of Rands to compete abroad. We have a strong development Tour here.
“Three weeks ago I finished 16th, then 12th and then seventh last week in the first Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour event. I knew a win was coming closer, but I expected a top three this week. You can’t begin to imagine how happy I am right now.”
Bothma said the eagle at the par five fourth was the kicker that took him to the winner’s circle.
“I hit a solid drive down the middle and I had 211 metres to the pin,” he said. “I took 4-iron but I didn’t hit it pure and I worried it would be short. It pitched 25 metres pin high left and I hit the putt perfectly. When it dropped, I knew I could win.”
Kim made birdie and the duo headed to the sixth tied for the lead on eight-under. They both birdied the ninth and split the next three holes in pars.
“At the next par five (13), I had 209 metres to the pin,” said Bothma. “It looked like it landed close and DK’s second looked even closer. Turned out he had a five-footer and I had a 15-footer for eagle. I knew I needed to make that putt, because he is like bull terrier; he just doesn’t go away. I got the perfect stroke on the ball and it held the line, turning slightly at the end. His putt didn’t hold the line and he ended up making birdie.”
After Bothma stretched his lead to two with a birdie at 14, both players birdied the par four 15th but gave the shots back at the next hole.
“I wanted to draw the ball to finish short of the water, but I hit it a little hard,” said Bothma. “Luckily I got a soft bounce and it finished four feet short. DK’s second went in the bunker and I knew it would be a tough up-and-down, so I hit my second short and made the chip and putt from 25 feet for the birdie and the win.
“I am off the first step and on to the second and I swear I am hitting the ball better than I ever did in my career. Once you taste that winning feeling, you just want it to go on and on. I’d like to win two or three more IGT’s and a couple on the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour. Then I’ll be ready to return to the Sunshine Tour. Right now, I’m just letting this positive feeling sink in.”
Kim closed with a 69 to finish alone in second on 206, four shots clear of rookie Cameron Moralee who returned a final round 71.
A trio of 71s saw Sunshine Ladies Tour campaigner Ivanna Samu, first round leader Tristen Strydom and Ruan Korb tie for fourth on five-under 211.

FINAL RESULT (top 20)
203 - Michiel Bothma 71 67 65
206 - Dongkwan Kim (KOR) 71 66 69
210 - Cameron Moralee 69 70 71
211 - Tristen Strydom 65 75 71, Ivanna Samu 71 69 71, Ruan Korb 69 71 71
212 - Keaton Slatter AMA 72 72 68
213 - Andrew Carlsson 74 67 72
214 - Leon Vorster 73 72 69, Albert Venter 66 74 74
216 - Luke Brown 75 70 71
217 - Louis Botha 75 71 71
218 - David Mofokeng (LSO) 73 70 75
219 - Damian Naicker 72 72 75, Dwayne Basson 71 72 76
220 - Leon Visser 77 69 74, James Pennington (SWZ) 69 74 77, Ruhan van Dijk 71 69 80
221 - Hendrikus Stoop 70 76 75, Dino Capazario AMA 74 74 73, Albert Visser 78 70 73

PHOTO - Michiel Bothma; credit CJ du Plooy.

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Michiel Bothma is a pro in more than golf. Treats his body, and everybody he meets with respect, like the gentleman he is.

Well done Michiel 👍💯🏆

Mooi so Michiel! Baie geluk.

Well deserved win, Michiel!!!

Very inspiring bro, proud of you . Congratulations

True gentleman of the game... well deserved win

Mooi gespeel. Pro

Well done! Jy's 'n yster

Congrats and well done Michiel👏👌

Jy verdien dit liewe vriend! 👏👏👏

Fantasties geluk Michiel !! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🍾🍾

Mooi man Michiel Bothma! Trots op jou.

Well done Michiel - Al daai oefen sessies het gewerk my vriend :)

gut gemacht regards from Hamburg

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Winner Michiel Bothma on 13 under par. Well done Michiel and welcome back to the winners circle.

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Well done and congrats Michiel!👏👌

IGT Challenge #3 
Kyalami Country Club
23-25 April 2018

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Kyalami Country Club
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IGT Challenge #3 Kyalami Final Day.

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Koreas Kim edges clear at Kyalami 

JOHANNESBURG, 24 April 2018 – Dongkwan Kim fired four birdies on the bounce over the last four holes at Kyalami Country Club to pull clear of the chasing pack in the second round of the IGT Challenge Tour #3 on Tuesday.
The 27-year-old South Korean golfer had a birdie-laden day with seven gains – three on the front nine and the string of four down the back – but he dropped two shots at the fifth right after he eagled the par five fourth and bogeyed 11 for a six-under 66.
Kim honed his craft on the IGT Challenge Tour since 2012 and won the Race to Asia Match Play at Kempton Park Golf Club in 2013 before he earned his Sunshine Tour card in 2015. 
“I’m very happy with my golf today,” said Kim. “I hit the ball well and I putted nicely. But it’s only a one shot lead, so I need to keep the putter warm in the final round.”
Kim leads the field on seven-under 137 and will head into the final round one shot clear of a resurgent Michiel Bothma.
The three-time Sunshine Tour winner began the journey back to the main circuit on the country’s premier golf development tour after a long injury lay-off. Boosted by a tie for seventh in the first event of the new Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour at Silver Lakes last week, the former PGA Championship winner filed a 67 that featured only one bogey at the 10th.
Hot on their heels, rookie Cameron Moralee will be chasing hard in the final round.
The former Freddie Tait Trophy winner celebrated his maiden IGT Challenge Tour victory with a wire-to-wire performance in the third Race to Q-School at Ruimsig in just his fourth start last year. With rounds of 69 and 70, Moralee sits just two off the pace and will be looking to convert a runner-up finish in his rookie start last week to more silverware on Wednesday.
The final round promises to be an exciting affair, as only four shots separate the top eight players.
Making some positive moves was Sunshine Ladies Tour campaigner Ivanna Samu, who carded a 69 to climb to joint fourth.
The former Sanlam SA Amateur champion was flawless with four birdies until she dropped a shot at the par four 16th that earned her a seat on the bus at four-under with Ruhan van Dijk (69), Albert Venter (74), Ruan Korb (71) and first round pacesetter Tristen Strydom, who stumbled with a trio of bogeys from 15 and signed for a 75.
“I’m excited for the final round,” said Samu. “I was a little disappoint with the bogey late in the round, but it’s great to be inside the top five. My form is good at the moment, so I’m looking for some consistency and hopefully a top five finish on Wednesday.”

SECOND ROUND SCORES (top 20)
137 - Dongkwan Kim (KOR) 71 66
138 - Michiel Bothma 71 67
139 - Cameron Moralee 69 70
140 - Ruhan van Dijk 71 69, Albert Venter 66 74, Ruan Korb 69 71, Ivanna Samu 71 69, Tristen Strydom 65 75
141 - Andrew Carlsson 74 67
143 - James Pennington (SWZ) 69 74, David Mofokeng (LSO) 73 70, Dwayne Basson 71 72
144 - Damian Naicker 72 72, Keaton Slatter AMA 72 72
145 - Leon Vorster 73 72, Luke Brown 75 70
146 - Hendrikus Stoop 70 76, Louis Botha 75 71, Leon Visser 77 69
148 - Dino Capazario AMA 74 74, Romano Saincic 77 71, Albert Visser 78 70, Stephan du Toit AMA 73 75

PHOTO - Dongkwan Kim; credit CJ du Plooy.

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Korea's Kim edges clear at Kyalami

JOHANNESBURG, 24 April 2018 – Dongkwan Kim fired four birdies on the bounce over the last four holes at Kyalami Country Club to pull clear of the chasing pack in the second round of the IGT Challenge Tour #3 on Tuesday.
The 27-year-old South Korean golfer had a birdie-laden day with seven gains – three on the front nine and the string of four down the back – but he dropped two shots at the fifth right after he eagled the par five fourth and bogeyed 11 for a six-under 66.
Kim honed his craft on the IGT Challenge Tour since 2012 and won the Race to Asia Match Play at Kempton Park Golf Club in 2013 before he earned his Sunshine Tour card in 2015.
“I’m very happy with my golf today,” said Kim. “I hit the ball well and I putted nicely. But it’s only a one shot lead, so I need to keep the putter warm in the final round.”
Kim leads the field on seven-under 137 and will head into the final round one shot clear of a resurgent Michiel Bothma.
The three-time Sunshine Tour winner began the journey back to the main circuit on the country’s premier golf development tour after a long injury lay-off. Boosted by a tie for seventh in the first event of the new Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour at Silver Lakes last week, the former PGA Championship winner filed a 67 that featured only one bogey at the 10th.
Hot on their heels, rookie Cameron Moralee will be chasing hard in the final round.
The former Freddie Tait Trophy winner celebrated his maiden IGT Challenge Tour victory with a wire-to-wire performance in the third Race to Q-School at Ruimsig in just his fourth start last year. With rounds of 69 and 70, Moralee sits just two off the pace and will be looking to convert a runner-up finish in his rookie start last week to more silverware on Wednesday.
The final round promises to be an exciting affair, as only four shots separate the top eight players.
Making some positive moves was Sunshine Ladies Tour campaigner Ivanna Samu, who carded a 69 to climb to joint fourth.
The former Sanlam SA Amateur champion was flawless with four birdies until she dropped a shot at the par four 16th that earned her a seat on the bus at four-under with Ruhan van Dijk (69), Albert Venter (74), Ruan Korb (71) and first round pacesetter Tristen Strydom, who stumbled with a trio of bogeys from 15 and signed for a 75.
“I’m excited for the final round,” said Samu. “I was a little disappoint with the bogey late in the round, but it’s great to be inside the top five. My form is good at the moment, so I’m looking for some consistency and hopefully a top five finish on Wednesday.”

SECOND ROUND SCORES (top 20)
137 - Dongkwan Kim (KOR) 71 66
138 - Michiel Bothma 71 67
139 - Cameron Moralee 69 70
140 - Ruhan van Dijk 71 69, Albert Venter 66 74, Ruan Korb 69 71, Ivanna Samu 71 69, Tristen Strydom 65 75
141 - Andrew Carlsson 74 67
143 - James Pennington (SWZ) 69 74, David Mofokeng (LSO) 73 70, Dwayne Basson 71 72
144 - Damian Naicker 72 72, Keaton Slatter AMA 72 72
145 - Leon Vorster 73 72, Luke Brown 75 70
146 - Hendrikus Stoop 70 76, Louis Botha 75 71, Leon Visser 77 69
148 - Dino Capazario AMA 74 74, Romano Saincic 77 71, Albert Visser 78 70, Stephan du Toit AMA 73 75

PHOTO - Dongkwan Kim; credit CJ du Plooy.

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IGT Challenge #3 Kyalami leader Day 2

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IGT Challenge #3
Kyalami Country Club
23-25 April 2018

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Kyalami Country Club
23-25 April 2018
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IGT Challenge #3 Kyalami Country Club day 2. Moving day with AVIS

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Strydom sweeps to IGT Kyalami lead

JOHANNESBURG, 23 April 2018 – Tristen Strydom soared to a one shot lead on the wings of two eagles during the first round of the IGT Challenge Tour #3 at Kyalami Country Club on Monday.
The 21-year-old from Pretoria fired a seven-under-par 65 to edge out fellow Tshwane golfer Albert Venter for the top spot on the leaderboard.
Gauteng rookie Cameron Moralee, a joint runner-up in the inaugural Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour event at Silver Lakes, Swaziland’s James Pennington, Ruan Korb and amateur Michael Pfeifer tied for third, four shots off the pace.
IGT Challenge Tour #2 winner Hendrikus Stoop slipped into fourth with a round of 70.
Former Sanlam SA Amateur Stroke Play champion Ivanna Samu opened with a 71 to tie for fifth alongside Dwayne Basson, DK Kim from Korea, Ruhan van Dijk and three-time Sunshine Tour champion Michiel Bothma.
After a birdie-birdie start, Strydom collected another birdie at seven and holed an eagle putt at nine to turn five under. He notched his second eagle at the par five 13th before dropping his first shot of the day at 15, but he countered with a birdie at the par five closing hole for 65.
The former South African number one ranked amateur celebrated his fourth victory on the country’s premier golf development circuit in the Race to Q-School Series in November at State Mines. He earned the 10th spot in the top 10 of the Race to Q-School Order of Merit with a tie for ninth in the season-finale of the Q-School prep series that meant he could ship First Stage of the Sunshine Tour’s Q-School.
But things went a little awry in the final round of the Final Stage at Randpark Golf Club in March.
“I was really well placed after four rounds,” he said. “I shot rounds of 72, 71, 72 and 73 and I was tied for 22nd going into the final round.
“I made a dreadful start with a double bogey at the first and bogey at the second and I battled all day to stop the bleeding. I shot three bogeys in a row to finish and ended up shooting 82, finishing well outside the top 30 that got their cards.
“One round cost me a card, so the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour is a huge lifeline for me. It’s a chance to redeem myself and still get onto the Sunshine Tour this year. And I made a decent start in last week’s event to get inside the top 10 in the Road to Sunshine Tour. 
“There are 14 events left and only the top 10 will get cards and that’s where the IGT Challenge Tour is great for us. It keeps us competitive. I’ve got some good form going at the moment and I’m pleased with this start. There are a lot of rookies on my tail who are also gunning for the 10 cards to the Sunshine Tour, so it’s important to get off to a solid start.”

FIRST ROUND SCORES (top 10)
65 - Tristen Strydom
66 - Albert Venter
69 - Michael Pfeifer AMA, Cameron Moralee, James Pennington (SWZ), Ruan Korb
70 - Hendrikus Stoop
71 - Michiel Bothma, Dwayne Basson, Dongkwan Kim (KOR), Ruhan van Dijk, Ivanna Samu
72 - Damian Naicker, Keaton Slatter AMA
73 - Stephan du Toit AMA, Leon Vorster, Tsietsi David Mofokeng (LSO)
74 - Andrew Carlsson, Clinton Grobler, Dino Capazario AMA

Tristen Strydom; credit CJ Du Plooy.
Written by Lali Stander on behalf of the IGT Challenge Tour.

Strydom sweeps to IGT Kyalami lead

JOHANNESBURG, 23 April 2018 – Tristen Strydom soared to a one shot lead on the wings of two eagles during the first round of the IGT Challenge Tour #3 at Kyalami Country Club on Monday.
The 21-year-old from Pretoria fired a seven-under-par 65 to edge out fellow Tshwane golfer Albert Venter for the top spot on the leaderboard.
Gauteng rookie Cameron Moralee, a joint runner-up in the inaugural Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour event at Silver Lakes, Swaziland’s James Pennington, Ruan Korb and amateur Michael Pfeifer tied for third, four shots off the pace.
IGT Challenge Tour #2 winner Hendrikus Stoop slipped into fourth with a round of 70.
Former Sanlam SA Amateur Stroke Play champion Ivanna Samu opened with a 71 to tie for fifth alongside Dwayne Basson, DK Kim from Korea, Ruhan van Dijk and three-time Sunshine Tour champion Michiel Bothma.
After a birdie-birdie start, Strydom collected another birdie at seven and holed an eagle putt at nine to turn five under. He notched his second eagle at the par five 13th before dropping his first shot of the day at 15, but he countered with a birdie at the par five closing hole for 65.
The former South African number one ranked amateur celebrated his fourth victory on the country’s premier golf development circuit in the Race to Q-School Series in November at State Mines. He earned the 10th spot in the top 10 of the Race to Q-School Order of Merit with a tie for ninth in the season-finale of the Q-School prep series that meant he could ship First Stage of the Sunshine Tour’s Q-School.
But things went a little awry in the final round of the Final Stage at Randpark Golf Club in March.
“I was really well placed after four rounds,” he said. “I shot rounds of 72, 71, 72 and 73 and I was tied for 22nd going into the final round.
“I made a dreadful start with a double bogey at the first and bogey at the second and I battled all day to stop the bleeding. I shot three bogeys in a row to finish and ended up shooting 82, finishing well outside the top 30 that got their cards.
“One round cost me a card, so the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour is a huge lifeline for me. It’s a chance to redeem myself and still get onto the Sunshine Tour this year. And I made a decent start in last week’s event to get inside the top 10 in the Road to Sunshine Tour.
“There are 14 events left and only the top 10 will get cards and that’s where the IGT Challenge Tour is great for us. It keeps us competitive. I’ve got some good form going at the moment and I’m pleased with this start. There are a lot of rookies on my tail who are also gunning for the 10 cards to the Sunshine Tour, so it’s important to get off to a solid start.”

FIRST ROUND SCORES (top 10)
65 - Tristen Strydom
66 - Albert Venter
69 - Michael Pfeifer AMA, Cameron Moralee, James Pennington (SWZ), Ruan Korb
70 - Hendrikus Stoop
71 - Michiel Bothma, Dwayne Basson, Dongkwan Kim (KOR), Ruhan van Dijk, Ivanna Samu
72 - Damian Naicker, Keaton Slatter AMA
73 - Stephan du Toit AMA, Leon Vorster, Tsietsi David Mofokeng (LSO)
74 - Andrew Carlsson, Clinton Grobler, Dino Capazario AMA

Tristen Strydom; credit CJ Du Plooy.
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IGT Challenge #3 Kyalami Day 1 Leader

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Hendrikus Stoop Most improved player IGT Challenge Tour April 2018. Receiving a dozen Srixon golf balls from Brendan (Srixon)
Monthly award proudly sponsored by Srixon. Thank you Srixon.

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Brendan Annandale don’t look too enthusiastic!

IGT Challenge #3 
Kyalami Country Club
23-25 April 2018

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Kyalami Country Club
23-25 April 2018
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Mostert grinds to maiden win on Big Easy IGT

TSHWANE, 18 April 2018 – Dylan Mostert closed out a memorable maiden win in the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour #1 after emerging from an enthralling final day battle with a one-shot victory at Silver Lakes Country Club on Wednesday.
The Edenvale golfer was hoping to follow up a promising fourth place finish in his pro debut on the IGT Challenge Tour in Germiston last week and a well-constructed five-under 67 in round two shot him to the top of the pile.
Mostert carried a three-shot lead into the final round, but squandered his advantage in the first 10 holes. However, as Cameron Moralee and Ruan Korb both made charges towards the title, the rookie showed some real guts to grind out seven pars and a lone birdie for an even-par 72 to cement victory on eight-under 208.
“I’m so proud of the way I hung on and stayed in the fight, because that was a proper grind,” said the delighted 19-year-old. 
“I wasn’t hitting it as pure as I did in the first two days and the putter was cold. The first 10 holes were topsy-turvy, starting with a three putt. And the last eight was pure grind.”
Mostert tapped in for birdie at the second to counter the bogey start, but hit it into the trees at the fourth, leading to another bogey.
“I holed a two-footer for birdie at six and two-putted from 50 foot at seven for another birdie to get to one-under and made a huge momentum putt for par at eight, but then I dropped 10 and 11,” he said.
“I couldn’t up and down at 10 and I hit a poor chip at 11. I knew I would have to stay really patient down the back nine and keep the bogeys off my card.”
Moralee, playing in the group ahead of Mostert, made his move with a brace of birdies at 13 and 14 to take the lead at eight under. Mostert rallied with a great up and down at the par five 15th to draw level, while moved within a shot of the leading pair with a birdie at the par four 12th.
“It was really tight over the last couple of holes, but I just stayed in the moment,” said Mostert. “The only thing I could control was how I played. 
“I holed a six-foot downhill slider at 16 for par, made a great up and down for par at 17 and headed to the 18th still tied for the lead with Cameron. Ruan up ahead birdied 18, so he was sitting at seven-under, too.
“After I hit driver left into the trees at 18, I saw that Cameron had hit his third shot in the water. I knew I didn’t have to do anything fancy to win; I just needed a cool head. I punched out, got it on the green and two-putted for the win from about 25 foot. The relief was extreme.”
Mostert, who won the IGT Betterball Wanderers with Kyle Barker as an amateur, was delighted to break his professional duck in the new collaboration between the Big Easy Tour and the IGT Challenge Tour.
“It’s a dream start,” said the Ekurhuleni golfer. “To kick off with a win is huge. There are 15 tournaments on the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour and that’s 15 chances to finish in the top 10 and get a card for the Sunshine Tour. 
“There isn’t a huge difference between the two Tours, because the course set-up, the pace of play and everything else is the same. But there is definitely more pressure, playing for 10 cards. I had no expectations. I just played shot for shot and I didn’t get hung up on the bogeys or the bad shots. That’s something I’ve learned to do well on the IGT Challenge Tour and that got me through that rough patch at the start of the round. Still 14 to go, but this is a dream start.”
Moralee closed with a 69 and announced his arrival in the pro ranks with a tie for second with Korb, who returned a 70. Last week’s IGT Challenge Tour winner Hendrikus Stoop took third on six-under with a final round 69.

FINAL RESULT (top 20)
208 - Dylan Mostert 69 67 72
209 - Cameron Moralee 68 72 69, Ruan Korb 73 66 70
210 - Hendrikus Stoop 73 68 69
211 - Jason Diab 74 68 69, Clinton Grobler 72 68 71
213 - Jason Roets 74 69 70, Ruan Groenewald 69 72 72, Kyle Barker 65 76 72, Tristen Strydom 71 70 72, Michiel Bothma 69 70 74
214 - Jonathan Waschefort 74 72 68, Dylan Kok 69 72 73
215 - Jason Rossiter 70 73 72
216 - Gert Myburgh 66 78 72, Matthew Rushton 66 78 72, Ruhan van Dijk 69 73 74
217 - Maverick Faber AMA (FRA) (a) 70 77 70, Arno Pretorius 68 76 73
218 - Quintin Crause 76 69 73

Photo – Dylan Mostert; credit CJ du Plooy.

Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of the IGT Challenge Tour.

Mostert grinds to maiden win on Big Easy IGT

TSHWANE, 18 April 2018 – Dylan Mostert closed out a memorable maiden win in the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour #1 after emerging from an enthralling final day battle with a one-shot victory at Silver Lakes Country Club on Wednesday.
The Edenvale golfer was hoping to follow up a promising fourth place finish in his pro debut on the IGT Challenge Tour in Germiston last week and a well-constructed five-under 67 in round two shot him to the top of the pile.
Mostert carried a three-shot lead into the final round, but squandered his advantage in the first 10 holes. However, as Cameron Moralee and Ruan Korb both made charges towards the title, the rookie showed some real guts to grind out seven pars and a lone birdie for an even-par 72 to cement victory on eight-under 208.
“I’m so proud of the way I hung on and stayed in the fight, because that was a proper grind,” said the delighted 19-year-old.
“I wasn’t hitting it as pure as I did in the first two days and the putter was cold. The first 10 holes were topsy-turvy, starting with a three putt. And the last eight was pure grind.”
Mostert tapped in for birdie at the second to counter the bogey start, but hit it into the trees at the fourth, leading to another bogey.
“I holed a two-footer for birdie at six and two-putted from 50 foot at seven for another birdie to get to one-under and made a huge momentum putt for par at eight, but then I dropped 10 and 11,” he said.
“I couldn’t up and down at 10 and I hit a poor chip at 11. I knew I would have to stay really patient down the back nine and keep the bogeys off my card.”
Moralee, playing in the group ahead of Mostert, made his move with a brace of birdies at 13 and 14 to take the lead at eight under. Mostert rallied with a great up and down at the par five 15th to draw level, while moved within a shot of the leading pair with a birdie at the par four 12th.
“It was really tight over the last couple of holes, but I just stayed in the moment,” said Mostert. “The only thing I could control was how I played.
“I holed a six-foot downhill slider at 16 for par, made a great up and down for par at 17 and headed to the 18th still tied for the lead with Cameron. Ruan up ahead birdied 18, so he was sitting at seven-under, too.
“After I hit driver left into the trees at 18, I saw that Cameron had hit his third shot in the water. I knew I didn’t have to do anything fancy to win; I just needed a cool head. I punched out, got it on the green and two-putted for the win from about 25 foot. The relief was extreme.”
Mostert, who won the IGT Betterball Wanderers with Kyle Barker as an amateur, was delighted to break his professional duck in the new collaboration between the Big Easy Tour and the IGT Challenge Tour.
“It’s a dream start,” said the Ekurhuleni golfer. “To kick off with a win is huge. There are 15 tournaments on the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour and that’s 15 chances to finish in the top 10 and get a card for the Sunshine Tour.
“There isn’t a huge difference between the two Tours, because the course set-up, the pace of play and everything else is the same. But there is definitely more pressure, playing for 10 cards. I had no expectations. I just played shot for shot and I didn’t get hung up on the bogeys or the bad shots. That’s something I’ve learned to do well on the IGT Challenge Tour and that got me through that rough patch at the start of the round. Still 14 to go, but this is a dream start.”
Moralee closed with a 69 and announced his arrival in the pro ranks with a tie for second with Korb, who returned a 70. Last week’s IGT Challenge Tour winner Hendrikus Stoop took third on six-under with a final round 69.

FINAL RESULT (top 20)
208 - Dylan Mostert 69 67 72
209 - Cameron Moralee 68 72 69, Ruan Korb 73 66 70
210 - Hendrikus Stoop 73 68 69
211 - Jason Diab 74 68 69, Clinton Grobler 72 68 71
213 - Jason Roets 74 69 70, Ruan Groenewald 69 72 72, Kyle Barker 65 76 72, Tristen Strydom 71 70 72, Michiel Bothma 69 70 74
214 - Jonathan Waschefort 74 72 68, Dylan Kok 69 72 73
215 - Jason Rossiter 70 73 72
216 - Gert Myburgh 66 78 72, Matthew Rushton 66 78 72, Ruhan van Dijk 69 73 74
217 - Maverick Faber AMA (FRA) (a) 70 77 70, Arno Pretorius 68 76 73
218 - Quintin Crause 76 69 73

Photo – Dylan Mostert; credit CJ du Plooy.

Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of the IGT Challenge Tour.
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