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Waterkloof Challenge
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29-31 May 2017

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29-31 May 2017

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Conradie grinds out pro breakthrough at Randpark

RANDPARK, Johannesburg (24 May 2017) – Estiaan Conradie trusted his new swing and it paid off with his first professional win. The 19-year-old Pretoria rookie stepped into the winner’s circle for the first time in 12 months when he beat the Sunshine Tour’s Makhetha Mazibuko by one stroke at the Randpark Firethorn Challenge on Wednesday.
Conradie won three times in quick succession on the IGT Challenge Tour as an amateur early last year, but his nine-under 207 effort over 54 holes at the Firethorn Course at Randpark Golf Club comes 12 months after his last podium finish.
“To be honest, it wasn’t pretty and things didn’t exactly go according to plan, but I just stayed patient, focussed on the course and tried to get the job done,” he said. “It’s been such a hard road back to the winner’s circle and I just want to enjoy this moment for a while.”
The Wingate Park golfer recorded three wins and five top seven finishes on the South Africa’s premier golf development circuit in the first six months of 2016, but the last six was a complete write-off.
“I was in absolute agony every time I swung a club and eventually I was diagnosed with a bulging disc,” he explained. “I worked with Tanya Kearny, a biokineticist at the Wanna Be A Champion Academy at Serengeti, on an exercise regime to strengthen the muscles around the disc and I also had to do swing changes with Dough Wood.
“I knew it was all going to take a lot of patience and sacrifice. It was hard and wondered at times if it was worth it. I started to swing better and with less pain towards the end of January and I had three top 10 finishes, which was really encouraging. So I just stuck with it and standing with a trophy in my hands makes it all worthwhile.”
Conradie began the last day in a three-way tie for the lead at seven under with Clinton Grobler and Kenyan amateur Mohit Mediratta. Fellow rookie Kyle Barker lagged one off the pace and Mazibuko was a further two shots back.
Conradie and Mazibuko both birdied the par five second, but then the big-hitting Free State pro – who was edged out in a play-off for Eye of Africa PGA Championship title earlier this season – went on a tear. Playing two groups ahead of Conradie, he birdied at three and four and two-clubbed the par four sixth to hit the front at nine under.
Conradie sandwiched a bogey between a brace of birdies at seven and nine to get to nine under.
The Sunshine Tour player traded bogeys at 10 and 12 for birdies at 11 and 14 and the Pretoria rookie birdied the two par fives – 12 and 14 – either side of a drop at 13 to edge one shot clear.
“I knew I could have another bad hole, because the last four holes at the Firethorn is one of the toughest closing stretches I’ve ever played and the bogey came at the short hole,” said Conradie.
“The 17th was playing 210 metres and straight into the wind. The green has lots of slopes and the pin was tucked back right. I hit it back left and three-putted. I knew par at 18 would do it, because Makhetha also dropped 17 and parred 18 for a 68. 
“I made sure I got the ball in the hole for four, but the highlight of my round was really at 14. I pulled my tee shot into the bushes, punched out and pitched my third about 12 feet from the hole and boxed the putt. That was a critical birdie because it took me clear of Makhetha and Kyle Barker and set me up for the win. Ive got a lot of belief in my game and that allowed me to focus in the big moments, but taking it to the finish line has given me a huge confidence boost and a sense of relief that I was able to produce under pressure.”
Meanwhile Mazibuko’s 68 earned him second on his own and R500 for the low round honours.
Rising Gauteng amateur Keelan van Wyk fired a 69 to tie for third with Barker and Grobler, who returned respective rounds of 72 and 73.

FINAL RESULTS
207 - Estiaan Conradie 68 69 70
208 - Makhetha Mazibuko 71 69 68
210 - Keelan van Wyk AMA 70 71 69, Kyle Barker 70 68 72, Clinton Grobler 71 66 73
211 - Jason Roets 71 70 70
212 - Heinrich Bruiners 70 69 73
213 - Ruan Korb 73 69 71
214 - Ruan Conradie 73 70 71, Theunis Bezuidenhout AMA 70 70 74
215 - Hayden Griffiths AMA 71 71 73, Michael Kok AMA 70 71 74
216 - Thabi Ngcobo 73 70 73, Dylan OLeary 69 74 73, Nobuhle Dlamini (SWA) 73 70 73, Bryce Myburgh 68 72 76, Mohit Mediratta AMA (KEN) 71 66 79
218 - Donald Thompson AMA 74 70 74, Logan Lockwood AMA (USA) 74 70 74, Roberto Lupini 70 73 75, Pieter Moolman 73 70 75

PHOTO – Estiaan Conradie; credit CJ du Plooy.

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Conradie grinds out pro breakthrough at Randpark

RANDPARK, Johannesburg (24 May 2017) – Estiaan Conradie trusted his new swing and it paid off with his first professional win. The 19-year-old Pretoria rookie stepped into the winner’s circle for the first time in 12 months when he beat the Sunshine Tour’s Makhetha Mazibuko by one stroke at the Randpark Firethorn Challenge on Wednesday.
Conradie won three times in quick succession on the IGT Challenge Tour as an amateur early last year, but his nine-under 207 effort over 54 holes at the Firethorn Course at Randpark Golf Club comes 12 months after his last podium finish.
“To be honest, it wasn’t pretty and things didn’t exactly go according to plan, but I just stayed patient, focussed on the course and tried to get the job done,” he said. “It’s been such a hard road back to the winner’s circle and I just want to enjoy this moment for a while.”
The Wingate Park golfer recorded three wins and five top seven finishes on the South Africa’s premier golf development circuit in the first six months of 2016, but the last six was a complete write-off.
“I was in absolute agony every time I swung a club and eventually I was diagnosed with a bulging disc,” he explained. “I worked with Tanya Kearny, a biokineticist at the Wanna Be A Champion Academy at Serengeti, on an exercise regime to strengthen the muscles around the disc and I also had to do swing changes with Dough Wood.
“I knew it was all going to take a lot of patience and sacrifice. It was hard and wondered at times if it was worth it. I started to swing better and with less pain towards the end of January and I had three top 10 finishes, which was really encouraging. So I just stuck with it and standing with a trophy in my hands makes it all worthwhile.”
Conradie began the last day in a three-way tie for the lead at seven under with Clinton Grobler and Kenyan amateur Mohit Mediratta. Fellow rookie Kyle Barker lagged one off the pace and Mazibuko was a further two shots back.
Conradie and Mazibuko both birdied the par five second, but then the big-hitting Free State pro – who was edged out in a play-off for Eye of Africa PGA Championship title earlier this season – went on a tear. Playing two groups ahead of Conradie, he birdied at three and four and two-clubbed the par four sixth to hit the front at nine under.
Conradie sandwiched a bogey between a brace of birdies at seven and nine to get to nine under.
The Sunshine Tour player traded bogeys at 10 and 12 for birdies at 11 and 14 and the Pretoria rookie birdied the two par fives – 12 and 14 – either side of a drop at 13 to edge one shot clear.
“I knew I could have another bad hole, because the last four holes at the Firethorn is one of the toughest closing stretches I’ve ever played and the bogey came at the short hole,” said Conradie.
“The 17th was playing 210 metres and straight into the wind. The green has lots of slopes and the pin was tucked back right. I hit it back left and three-putted. I knew par at 18 would do it, because Makhetha also dropped 17 and parred 18 for a 68.
“I made sure I got the ball in the hole for four, but the highlight of my round was really at 14. I pulled my tee shot into the bushes, punched out and pitched my third about 12 feet from the hole and boxed the putt. That was a critical birdie because it took me clear of Makhetha and Kyle Barker and set me up for the win. I've got a lot of belief in my game and that allowed me to focus in the big moments, but taking it to the finish line has given me a huge confidence boost and a sense of relief that I was able to produce under pressure.”
Meanwhile Mazibuko’s 68 earned him second on his own and R500 for the low round honours.
Rising Gauteng amateur Keelan van Wyk fired a 69 to tie for third with Barker and Grobler, who returned respective rounds of 72 and 73.

FINAL RESULTS
207 - Estiaan Conradie 68 69 70
208 - Makhetha Mazibuko 71 69 68
210 - Keelan van Wyk AMA 70 71 69, Kyle Barker 70 68 72, Clinton Grobler 71 66 73
211 - Jason Roets 71 70 70
212 - Heinrich Bruiners 70 69 73
213 - Ruan Korb 73 69 71
214 - Ruan Conradie 73 70 71, Theunis Bezuidenhout AMA 70 70 74
215 - Hayden Griffiths AMA 71 71 73, Michael Kok AMA 70 71 74
216 - Thabi Ngcobo 73 70 73, Dylan O'Leary 69 74 73, Nobuhle Dlamini (SWA) 73 70 73, Bryce Myburgh 68 72 76, Mohit Mediratta AMA (KEN) 71 66 79
218 - Donald Thompson AMA 74 70 74, Logan Lockwood AMA (USA) 74 70 74, Roberto Lupini 70 73 75, Pieter Moolman 73 70 75

PHOTO – Estiaan Conradie; credit CJ du Plooy.

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Well done Estiaan

Baie geluk 🌟

Makhetha Mazibuko received R500 for the lowest round on the Final Day of Randpark Firethorn Challenge.

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20 hours ago

Estiaan Conradie made a great up and down on the 18th to win with one shot. ... See MoreSee Less

20 hours ago

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Baie geluk E⛳

Final Day Photos of Randpark Firethorn Challenge

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20 hours ago

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Nice!!! Yippeee...!!! Well done!!!

Estiaan Conradie won on a score of 9 under par
Randpark Firethorn Challenge

Estiaan Conradie won on a score of 9 under par
Randpark Firethorn Challenge
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Awesome stuff Estiaan!

Leaderboard after 9:

Randpark Firethorn Challenge

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Leaderboard after 9:

Randpark Firethorn Challenge

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23 hours ago

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Lekker Kyle!!!!!!

Kyle Barker you LEGEND!!!!!

Hole-in-One for Eric Park on the 15th Hole at Randpark Firethorn Challenges Final Day

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Congrats! Your honor on the next tee!

Congra boy

Makhetha Mazibuko 2 club the 6th to take the lead on Final Day.

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Makhetha Mazibuko 2 club the 6th to take the lead on Final Day.

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Well done Makgetha! 🎉🎉🎉

Final Day of Randpark Firethorn Challenge.
Exciting day with a lot of players in contention.
Winner plays for a potential spot on the Big Easy.

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Final Day of Randpark Firethorn Challenge.
Exciting day with a lot of players in contention.
Winner plays for a potential spot on the Big Easy.

igtgolf.org/reports/?tourn=1714&season=2017&report=http://igtgolf.info/tic/tmscores.cgi?tourn=171...

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Mediratta makes his move at Firethorn

RANDPARK, Johannesburg (23 May 2017) – Mohit Mediratta eagled the par five fourth at the Firethorn Course on his way to a stunning six-under-par 66 and a share of the three-way tie for the lead in his first start on the IGT Challenge Tour on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old Kenyan-born golfer moved to seven under 137 at the Randpark Firethorn Challenge and he will start the final round of in unfamiliar territory when he tees it up alongside former winner Clinton Grobler and Pretoria rookie Estiaan Conradie.
“I’ve played maybe 10 IGT Challenge Tour events since 2014, but I’ve never been in the lead, so that’s a bit of a change,” said Mediratta, who plays out of Royal Johannesburg and Kensington and represents the Central Gauteng Golf Union.
“I don’t think it has to be a big deal. I don’t have any expectations and I don’t feel added pressure. I’m having a great time and I just want to enjoy the experience on Wednesday. I come to play here to stay competitive between amateur events and to learn. And that’s how I will handle the final round.”
Mediratta birdied the second before he popped in a short putt for the eagle.
“I hit 2-iron both days at the second and made birdie, but the eagle was a bit of a bonus,” he said. “I hit driver off the tee and I was between a 5- and a 6-iron for my second. I punched a 5-iron and the moment I hit it, I knew it was good. It finished less than a foot from the hole.
“I hit two good shots at the seventh and boxed a 10-footer for another birdie and at the ninth, I hit my drive 15 feet short of the green, chipped and made the putt to turn five under. I wasn’t hitting the shots under a 100 metres well in the first round, so I spent some time on the driving range after the round and it paid off for me.”
At 11, Mediratta holed another 10 footer for birdie and two-putted for yet another gain at the par five 12th to get to eight under, but the putter let him down at 16.
“I had about 25 foot to the flag and I just wanted to lag it close, but the ball raced past the hole and I missed the return,” he said. “It was unfortunate, but I’m happy with the day’s work. It’s nice to be in contention. It’s what we play for, and the experience of playing in the last group will be great for me.”
Grobler from Krugersdorp eagled two par fives for his 66 and both took a bit of work.
“I got my tee shot just past the bunkers on the right at the fourth, and it a 7-iron to the front edge of the green,” said the 2016 Lake Club Challenge winner. “I was on the fringe on the right and the pin was back left, but I nailed that monster putt for the first eagle.
“At 14, I pushed my driver a bit right, but it caught a good bounce and kicked back in the fairway. The pin was on the right. I took 4-iron in, but the ball didn’t kick to the right. When I got there I saw it had plugged in some casual water, so I chipped and it disappeared down the hole.”
Grobler and Mediratta know they have a fight on their hands with Conradie in the mix.
“We all know when Estiaan gets his nose in front he is chasing the trophy,” said Grobler. “He won three times as an amateur last year, so he will be champing at the bit to get that maiden pro win under the belt.”
But the frontrunners will be keeping an eye on the chasing pack, too.
Kyle Barker sits at six under, Heinrich Bruiners from the Gary Player School of 2017 is five under and Makhetha Mazibuko – who lost the PGA Championship title in a play-off – lurks at four under with amateur Theunie Bezuidenhout and first round joint leader Bryce Myburgh.

SECOND ROUND SCORES (Top 20)
137 - Estiaan Conradie 68 69, Clinton Grobler 71 66, Mohit Mediratta AMA (KEN) 71 66
138 - Kyle Barker 70 68
139 - Heinrich Bruiners 70 69
140 - Theunis Bezuidenhout AMA 70 70, Makhetha Mazibuko 71 69, Bryce Myburgh 68 72
141 - Michael Kok AMA 70 71, Jason Roets 71 70, Keelan van Wyk AMA 70 71, Matt Bright 71 70
142 - Ruan Korb 73 69, Hayden Griffiths AMA 71 71
143 - Ruan Conradie 73 70, Nobuhle Dlamini (SWA) 73 70, Pieter Moolman 73 70, Roberto Lupini 70 73, Dylan OLeary 69 74, Thabi Ngcobo 73 70

PHOTOS - Mohit Mediratta, Clinton Grobler and Estiaan Conradie; credit CJ du Plooy.

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Mediratta makes his move at Firethorn

RANDPARK, Johannesburg (23 May 2017) – Mohit Mediratta eagled the par five fourth at the Firethorn Course on his way to a stunning six-under-par 66 and a share of the three-way tie for the lead in his first start on the IGT Challenge Tour on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old Kenyan-born golfer moved to seven under 137 at the Randpark Firethorn Challenge and he will start the final round of in unfamiliar territory when he tees it up alongside former winner Clinton Grobler and Pretoria rookie Estiaan Conradie.
“I’ve played maybe 10 IGT Challenge Tour events since 2014, but I’ve never been in the lead, so that’s a bit of a change,” said Mediratta, who plays out of Royal Johannesburg and Kensington and represents the Central Gauteng Golf Union.
“I don’t think it has to be a big deal. I don’t have any expectations and I don’t feel added pressure. I’m having a great time and I just want to enjoy the experience on Wednesday. I come to play here to stay competitive between amateur events and to learn. And that’s how I will handle the final round.”
Mediratta birdied the second before he popped in a short putt for the eagle.
“I hit 2-iron both days at the second and made birdie, but the eagle was a bit of a bonus,” he said. “I hit driver off the tee and I was between a 5- and a 6-iron for my second. I punched a 5-iron and the moment I hit it, I knew it was good. It finished less than a foot from the hole.
“I hit two good shots at the seventh and boxed a 10-footer for another birdie and at the ninth, I hit my drive 15 feet short of the green, chipped and made the putt to turn five under. I wasn’t hitting the shots under a 100 metres well in the first round, so I spent some time on the driving range after the round and it paid off for me.”
At 11, Mediratta holed another 10 footer for birdie and two-putted for yet another gain at the par five 12th to get to eight under, but the putter let him down at 16.
“I had about 25 foot to the flag and I just wanted to lag it close, but the ball raced past the hole and I missed the return,” he said. “It was unfortunate, but I’m happy with the day’s work. It’s nice to be in contention. It’s what we play for, and the experience of playing in the last group will be great for me.”
Grobler from Krugersdorp eagled two par fives for his 66 and both took a bit of work.
“I got my tee shot just past the bunkers on the right at the fourth, and it a 7-iron to the front edge of the green,” said the 2016 Lake Club Challenge winner. “I was on the fringe on the right and the pin was back left, but I nailed that monster putt for the first eagle.
“At 14, I pushed my driver a bit right, but it caught a good bounce and kicked back in the fairway. The pin was on the right. I took 4-iron in, but the ball didn’t kick to the right. When I got there I saw it had plugged in some casual water, so I chipped and it disappeared down the hole.”
Grobler and Mediratta know they have a fight on their hands with Conradie in the mix.
“We all know when Estiaan gets his nose in front he is chasing the trophy,” said Grobler. “He won three times as an amateur last year, so he will be champing at the bit to get that maiden pro win under the belt.”
But the frontrunners will be keeping an eye on the chasing pack, too.
Kyle Barker sits at six under, Heinrich Bruiners from the Gary Player School of 2017 is five under and Makhetha Mazibuko – who lost the PGA Championship title in a play-off – lurks at four under with amateur Theunie Bezuidenhout and first round joint leader Bryce Myburgh.

SECOND ROUND SCORES (Top 20)
137 - Estiaan Conradie 68 69, Clinton Grobler 71 66, Mohit Mediratta AMA (KEN) 71 66
138 - Kyle Barker 70 68
139 - Heinrich Bruiners 70 69
140 - Theunis Bezuidenhout AMA 70 70, Makhetha Mazibuko 71 69, Bryce Myburgh 68 72
141 - Michael Kok AMA 70 71, Jason Roets 71 70, Keelan van Wyk AMA 70 71, Matt Bright 71 70
142 - Ruan Korb 73 69, Hayden Griffiths AMA 71 71
143 - Ruan Conradie 73 70, Nobuhle Dlamini (SWA) 73 70, Pieter Moolman 73 70, Roberto Lupini 70 73, Dylan O'Leary 69 74, Thabi Ngcobo 73 70

PHOTOS - Mohit Mediratta, Clinton Grobler and Estiaan Conradie; credit CJ du Plooy.

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Day 2 Photos of Randpark Firethorn Challenge

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Nice Terry

Whoop whoop😆

Day 2 Leaders
Estiaan Conradie -7
Clinton Grobler -7
Mohit Mediratta -7

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Day 2 Leaders
Estiaan Conradie -7
Clinton Grobler -7
Mohit Mediratta -7

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2 days ago

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Tough school. Great golf. Well done to all the players, and keep up the good work Cois!

Hang in there..

Five under is the number on Day 2 of Randpark Firethorn Challenge

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Five under is the number on Day 2 of Randpark Firethorn Challenge

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Congrats

Well played.

Wow!

Hayden Griffiths Co-Leads on Day 2 with a score of 6 under par for the Tournament.
A 5 under par on the front nine.

Leaderboard:

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Hayden Griffiths Co-Leads on Day 2 with a score of 6 under par for the Tournament.
A 5 under par on the front nine.

Leaderboard:

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