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Final Day of 2017 
Day 3 at RTQS #10 Killarney

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Grobler takes command at Killarney

JOHANNESBURG, 13 December 2017 – Krugersdorp golfer Clinton Grobler posted a second successive round of 68 at Killarney Country Club to open up a two shot lead in the 10th tournament of the Race to Q-School Series on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old Grobler had one double bogey on his card all day, and a trio of birdies over the last four holes took him straight to the top at the par-70 layout.
“I played really solid golf again today,” said Grobler. “I birdied the second and followed with six straight pars, but the ninth got me. It’s probably the toughest hole on this course. “I took three-wood and wanted to hit a slight draw, but I pulled it a little and finished in the trees. 
“I hit a low snap hook, but that also went sideways and I ended up in the water that guards the front of the green. I had 100 metres to the pin after the penalty drop, but I left the shot a little short and two-putted from five metres out.”
Grobler turned one over and fired five straight pars, but luck turned at the par-five 15th.
“I made a huge nine at the 10th hole of the Bushwillow course,” said Grobler, who qualified for the R16-million tri-sanctioned Joburg Open last week. “I made a lot of birdies over the last nine holes, though, and that gave me a lot of confidence in my ability to turn a negative into a positive.
“So after the nightmare ninth, I just put my head down. I hit fairways and greens and made some good putts. The score could have been even lower, because I had a couple of lip-outs. The putter came through for me at 15 and 16, though, and it felt great to finish with a birdie.
Grobler broke through for his maiden IGT Challenge Tour title in the Lake Club Challenge last year and his best finishes this season was joint third in the Randpark Firethorn Challenge in May and a tie for sixth in the third Race to Q-School at Ruimsig in September. 
“I would love to finish the season with a win, but I’m going to stick to the strategy that got me in front,” he said. “Killarney is not the kind of course where you can get aggressive or fire at the pins. It rewards good tee shots, good approaches and solid putting, so that’s the game plan.”
Grobler will have a hungry pack on his heels, not the least of which are IGT Tour winners Thriston Lawrence and Kyle Barker and Free State amateur Juran Dreyer, who shared the low round honour with a hat-trick of 66s.
Lawrence, within striking distance for a second week running, shares second with Dreyer, Pretoria amateur David Nortje and DK Kim from Korea, who registered respective rounds of 67 and 69.
Barker broke his IGT duck in the season-opening Wanderers Betterball with partner Dylan Mostert. In September he travelled to the Middle East, where he captured his second title of the season in the Mena Tour’s Golf Citizen Abu Dhabi Open.
The Randpark rookie lurks three off the pace alongside overnight leader Ariel Poonan, Gary Player Class of 2017 member Omar Sandys, multiple IGT champions Jason Roets and Tristen Strydom and the 2017 IGT Challenge Tour Money List leader Ruan Conradie, who has banked five victories on the country’s premier development golf circuit this season.

SECOND ROUND SCORES (top 20)
136 - Clinton Grobler 68 68
138 - DK Kim (KOR) 69 69, Thriston Lawrence 72 66, David Nortje AMA 71 67, Juran Dreyer AMA 72 66
139 - Jason Roets 69 70, Kyle Barker 73 66, Tristen Strydom 71 68, Ruan Conradie 68 71, Omar Sandys 69 70, Adriel Poonan 67 72
140 - Peetie van der Merwe AMA 71 69, Francois Coetzee 69 71
141 - Estiaan Conradie 71 70, Makhetha Mazibuko 71 70, Justin Turner 71 70, Marco de Beer 73 68, Quintin Crause 72 69
142 - David Mofokeng (LSO) 71 71, Juan Langeveld 72 70, Maritz Wessels 69 73, Zabastian de Jager 70 72, Jonathan Waschefort 72 70

PHOTO - Clinton Grobler; credit CJ du Plooy.

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Grobler takes command at Killarney

JOHANNESBURG, 13 December 2017 – Krugersdorp golfer Clinton Grobler posted a second successive round of 68 at Killarney Country Club to open up a two shot lead in the 10th tournament of the Race to Q-School Series on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old Grobler had one double bogey on his card all day, and a trio of birdies over the last four holes took him straight to the top at the par-70 layout.
“I played really solid golf again today,” said Grobler. “I birdied the second and followed with six straight pars, but the ninth got me. It’s probably the toughest hole on this course. “I took three-wood and wanted to hit a slight draw, but I pulled it a little and finished in the trees.
“I hit a low snap hook, but that also went sideways and I ended up in the water that guards the front of the green. I had 100 metres to the pin after the penalty drop, but I left the shot a little short and two-putted from five metres out.”
Grobler turned one over and fired five straight pars, but luck turned at the par-five 15th.
“I made a huge nine at the 10th hole of the Bushwillow course,” said Grobler, who qualified for the R16-million tri-sanctioned Joburg Open last week. “I made a lot of birdies over the last nine holes, though, and that gave me a lot of confidence in my ability to turn a negative into a positive.
“So after the nightmare ninth, I just put my head down. I hit fairways and greens and made some good putts. The score could have been even lower, because I had a couple of lip-outs. The putter came through for me at 15 and 16, though, and it felt great to finish with a birdie.
Grobler broke through for his maiden IGT Challenge Tour title in the Lake Club Challenge last year and his best finishes this season was joint third in the Randpark Firethorn Challenge in May and a tie for sixth in the third Race to Q-School at Ruimsig in September.
“I would love to finish the season with a win, but I’m going to stick to the strategy that got me in front,” he said. “Killarney is not the kind of course where you can get aggressive or fire at the pins. It rewards good tee shots, good approaches and solid putting, so that’s the game plan.”
Grobler will have a hungry pack on his heels, not the least of which are IGT Tour winners Thriston Lawrence and Kyle Barker and Free State amateur Juran Dreyer, who shared the low round honour with a hat-trick of 66s.
Lawrence, within striking distance for a second week running, shares second with Dreyer, Pretoria amateur David Nortje and DK Kim from Korea, who registered respective rounds of 67 and 69.
Barker broke his IGT duck in the season-opening Wanderers Betterball with partner Dylan Mostert. In September he travelled to the Middle East, where he captured his second title of the season in the Mena Tour’s Golf Citizen Abu Dhabi Open.
The Randpark rookie lurks three off the pace alongside overnight leader Ariel Poonan, Gary Player Class of 2017 member Omar Sandys, multiple IGT champions Jason Roets and Tristen Strydom and the 2017 IGT Challenge Tour Money List leader Ruan Conradie, who has banked five victories on the country’s premier development golf circuit this season.

SECOND ROUND SCORES (top 20)
136 - Clinton Grobler 68 68
138 - DK Kim (KOR) 69 69, Thriston Lawrence 72 66, David Nortje AMA 71 67, Juran Dreyer AMA 72 66
139 - Jason Roets 69 70, Kyle Barker 73 66, Tristen Strydom 71 68, Ruan Conradie 68 71, Omar Sandys 69 70, Adriel Poonan 67 72
140 - Peetie van der Merwe AMA 71 69, Francois Coetzee 69 71
141 - Estiaan Conradie 71 70, Makhetha Mazibuko 71 70, Justin Turner 71 70, Marco de Beer 73 68, Quintin Crause 72 69
142 - David Mofokeng (LSO) 71 71, Juan Langeveld 72 70, Maritz Wessels 69 73, Zabastian de Jager 70 72, Jonathan Waschefort 72 70

PHOTO - Clinton Grobler; credit CJ du Plooy.

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Poonan pushes to front at Race to Q-School Killarney

JOHANNESBURG, 12 December 2017 – Pretoria rookie Adriel Poonan spoiled the story line in Monday’s opening round of the 10th event in Race to Q-School Series on the IGT Challenge Tour with some fantastic skills in blustery conditions at Killarney Country Club.
Thick, gnarly rough, tight fairways, slippery greens and a two-club wind made the course as tough as it’s played all season and the par-70 layout looked to be the headline grabber.
The early leaders barely broke 72 until the 22-year old rookie put up seven birdies en route to a three-under-par 67 and the first-day lead. 
“I birdied both par fives and I had a really good day with the putter,” said Poonan. “I dropped a few, but otherwise, I hit it close and added them up.”
The math added up to a one stroke lead over IGT Challenge Tour Money List leader Ruan Conradie, Romano Saincic, Clinton Grober and Limpopo amateur Ru-Juan Lessingh and a two-shot bulge over Maritz Wessels, Francois Coetzee, Omar Sandys, Jason Roets and DK Kim from Korea.
Gary Player Class of 2017 and Big Easy Tour winner Musi Nethunzwi heads a group of four at even-par while nine more players are jammed in at one over.
“The course was playing really tough; anytime you hit it in the rough it seemed you have to chip it out sideways,” said Poonan, who strayed too far off the fairway four times.
“I knew it was going to be a long day in the wind and I would have to grind it out, but I was able to birdie the right holes and made some crucial par saves to cruise along.” 
Poonan played the front nine in two under, thanks to birdies at six and nine.
“You could only the very top of the flag at six,” he said. “I floated a seven-iron in there and the ball finished way closer than I expected; lying just six foot from the hole. The ninth is a great golf hole, but it played extremely tough in the wind. I went with a five-wood off the tee to make sure I finished in the fairway and hit four-iron in. With the pin tucked back left, I aimed for the middle of the green, but the wind helped to draw the ball close and I was left with a 10-foot downhill putt for birdie.
“Youve got to keep it in the fairways at all costs. I birdied 11, but I missed the fairways at 10 and 12 to drop back to one under. I managed to birdie 14 and 15. I didn’t want to take on the pin at 14, but the wind helped me and I hit it close. At 15, I hit six-iron into the green and two-putted for birdie.”
Poonan is prepping for next year’s Sunshine Tour qualifying events and he definitely feels more confident about his chances this time around.
“I earned a Big Easy Tour card with a 25th place finish in the Vusi Ngubeni in March and to be honest, it was a good thing that I didn’t get straight on to the tour,” he said. “We are so gungho to turn pro when we finish school, but I realised when I tried to qualify for the Zambia Open that I would have wasted my money. I could hit it as well as the next guy, but I lacked experience at the higher level.
“The 2017 season has been a huge learning curve, taking it to the next step on the Big Easy and the IGT Challenge Tour means. I feel a lot more prepared in March this year and hopefully I can take it to the next level next March.”

FIRST ROUND SCORES (top 20)
67 - Adriel Poonan
68 - Romano Saincic, Clinton Grobler, Ruan Conradie, Ru-Juan Lessingh AMA
69 - Maritz Wessels, Francois Coetzee, Dongkwan Kim (KOR), Omar Sandys, Jason Roets
Par - Zabastian de Jager, Musiwalo Nethunzwi, Roberto Lupini, Allister de Kock
71 - Scott Chambers AMA, David Nortje AMA, Bryce Myburgh, David Mofokeng (LSO), Tristen Strydom, Estiaan Conradie, Makhetha Mazibuko, Peetie van der Merwe AMA, Justin Turner

PHOTO - Adriel Poonan; credit CJ du Plooy.

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Poonan pushes to front at Race to Q-School Killarney

JOHANNESBURG, 12 December 2017 – Pretoria rookie Adriel Poonan spoiled the story line in Monday’s opening round of the 10th event in Race to Q-School Series on the IGT Challenge Tour with some fantastic skills in blustery conditions at Killarney Country Club.
Thick, gnarly rough, tight fairways, slippery greens and a two-club wind made the course as tough as it’s played all season and the par-70 layout looked to be the headline grabber.
The early leaders barely broke 72 until the 22-year old rookie put up seven birdies en route to a three-under-par 67 and the first-day lead.
“I birdied both par fives and I had a really good day with the putter,” said Poonan. “I dropped a few, but otherwise, I hit it close and added them up.”
The math added up to a one stroke lead over IGT Challenge Tour Money List leader Ruan Conradie, Romano Saincic, Clinton Grober and Limpopo amateur Ru-Juan Lessingh and a two-shot bulge over Maritz Wessels, Francois Coetzee, Omar Sandys, Jason Roets and DK Kim from Korea.
Gary Player Class of 2017 and Big Easy Tour winner Musi Nethunzwi heads a group of four at even-par while nine more players are jammed in at one over.
“The course was playing really tough; anytime you hit it in the rough it seemed you have to chip it out sideways,” said Poonan, who strayed too far off the fairway four times.
“I knew it was going to be a long day in the wind and I would have to grind it out, but I was able to birdie the right holes and made some crucial par saves to cruise along.”
Poonan played the front nine in two under, thanks to birdies at six and nine.
“You could only the very top of the flag at six,” he said. “I floated a seven-iron in there and the ball finished way closer than I expected; lying just six foot from the hole. The ninth is a great golf hole, but it played extremely tough in the wind. I went with a five-wood off the tee to make sure I finished in the fairway and hit four-iron in. With the pin tucked back left, I aimed for the middle of the green, but the wind helped to draw the ball close and I was left with a 10-foot downhill putt for birdie.
“You've got to keep it in the fairways at all costs. I birdied 11, but I missed the fairways at 10 and 12 to drop back to one under. I managed to birdie 14 and 15. I didn’t want to take on the pin at 14, but the wind helped me and I hit it close. At 15, I hit six-iron into the green and two-putted for birdie.”
Poonan is prepping for next year’s Sunshine Tour qualifying events and he definitely feels more confident about his chances this time around.
“I earned a Big Easy Tour card with a 25th place finish in the Vusi Ngubeni in March and to be honest, it was a good thing that I didn’t get straight on to the tour,” he said. “We are so gungho to turn pro when we finish school, but I realised when I tried to qualify for the Zambia Open that I would have wasted my money. I could hit it as well as the next guy, but I lacked experience at the higher level.
“The 2017 season has been a huge learning curve, taking it to the next step on the Big Easy and the IGT Challenge Tour means. I feel a lot more prepared in March this year and hopefully I can take it to the next level next March.”

FIRST ROUND SCORES (top 20)
67 - Adriel Poonan
68 - Romano Saincic, Clinton Grobler, Ruan Conradie, Ru-Juan Lessingh AMA
69 - Maritz Wessels, Francois Coetzee, Dongkwan Kim (KOR), Omar Sandys, Jason Roets
Par - Zabastian de Jager, Musiwalo Nethunzwi, Roberto Lupini, Allister de Kock
71 - Scott Chambers AMA, David Nortje AMA, Bryce Myburgh, David Mofokeng (LSO), Tristen Strydom, Estiaan Conradie, Makhetha Mazibuko, Peetie van der Merwe AMA, Justin Turner

PHOTO - Adriel Poonan; credit CJ du Plooy.

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Visser edges Haig, Strydom for Kyalami title

JOHANNESBURG, 6 December 2017 – Mpumalanga amateur Leon Visser kept a cool head to edge out Anton Haig and Tristen Strydom in a sudden-death play-off for his second IGT Challenge Tour title at Kyalami Country Club on Wednesday.
Visser had an eagle putt at the final hole outright in regulation play, but missed. Over the two extra holes, though, the 20-year-old from Ermelo played faultless golf to win the ninth event in the Race to Q-School Series.
Strydom – hunting consecutive victories after his fourth triumph on the country’s premier golf development circuit at State Mines last week – headed into the final round two shots behind overnight leader Haig. He fired birdies at 17 and 18 for a three-under-par 69 to set the clubhouse target at four-under 212.
First round leader Visser trailed Haig by one shot, but he offset a pair of bogeys with three birdies and boxed the birdie putt at 18 to grab a share of the lead with a two-under 70.
Peetie van der Merwe briefly flirted with the lead, but Haig regained control with a pair of birdies at 12 and 13. His title bid took a hit with back-to-back bogeys at 15 and 16, though, but the four-time IGT Challenge Tour winner holed a birdie-putt at 18 for a 71 to join the tie at the top.
“We played 17 first and I was first off the tee,” said Visser. “I was on the green, but Anton and Tristen both blocked their tee-shots right. They hit two great chip shots and we all made par.
“I went first again at 18 and drove it straight down the middle. Haigie went with a three-wood, also straight down the middle, but Tristen hit his driver too good and finished into the dam. My five-iron approach finished just short of the green and Haigie hit his pin-high left. He cleared the bunker with another great chip and hit it to five feet.
“I took a nine-iron and hit a bump-and-run to about 25 feet. I was almost in the exact position from where I missed the eagle putt in regulation play. I knew he would make the putt, so I had to box it to stay in the play-off. I decided to hit it straight and firm this time and this time, the ball dropped.
“I couldn’t believe it when Haigie’s birdie putt lipped out. I was staring at his ball in shock and it didn’t even register that I’d won. It was only when my caddie congratulated me that it hit home.
“I put a lot of hours into my game the since I won the Services Challenge in September and it’s great when all that hard work pay off. There is always room to improve, but for now, I’m just going to enjoy this moment. Hopefully I can build on it in the coming weeks.”

FINAL RESULT (top 20)
212 - Leon Visser AMA 66 76 70 (2nd hole play-off)
212 - Tristen Strydom 70 73 69, Anton Jason Haig 72 69 71
214 - Juran Dreyer AMA 74 71 69, Roberto Lupini 68 75 71, Peetie Vd Merwe AMA 67 75 72
215 - Ruan Korb 71 75 69, Estiaan Conradie 69 76 70
216 - Eric Nel AMA 73 72 71, Maritz Wessels 69 75 72, Jacques de Villiers 69 74 73, Philip Geerts (ITA) 71 71 74
217 - Hayden Griffiths AMA 71 80 66, Tokkie Van Den Berg 75 72 70, Ru-Juan Lessingh AMA 67 77 73, David McIntyre AMA 70 74 73, Cameron Moralee AMA 68 76 73
218 - Louis Albertse AMA 68 79 71
219 - Jason Roets 70 78 71, Pieter Moolman 69 77 73, Justin Turner 73 73 73

PHOTO - Leon Visser with Fonz Jardim from Kyalami Country Club; credit CJ Du Plooy.

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