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Ferreira powers to victory in Ebotse Links Challenge

BENONI, 14 September 2016 – Reading Country Club’s Tyrone Ferreira is ready for another fast finish on the Sunshine Tour after he clinched the IGT Tour’s Ebotse Links Challenge title after a tense and dramatic final round battle with local junior Jayden Schaper and Benoni rookie Lejan Lewthwaite at the Ebotse Links Golf and Country Estate.
Ferreira trailed Lewthwaite and the 15-year-old Schaper for most of the day, but he cut a determined figure as he raced to the finish line with a flush of four birdies.
The 29-year-old signed off with a 70 to seal a one stroke victory at four-under-par 212 over Schaper, who returned a 72, while Lewthwaite closed with 77 to finish at two under.
“I’m really pleased with the way I closed this one out, because it’s been a fairly long time since I took a trophy home,” Ferreira said.
“It was freezing this morning and I dropped shots at both par fives, but I redeemed myself on the back nine. I played the last seven holes beautifully and holed the putts that counted. I won twice early in my pro career, but the last few years were very frustrating. I started working with Gavan Levenson in March and we’ve seen some real improvement in the last two months. This week it felt like I was back in the groove. I’m hit the ball really well and I gave myself a lot of chances.
“A bunch of us entered the tournament to stay competitive and use the week as a warm-up for next week’s Sun Carnival City Pro-Am here at Ebotse, but now I’m doubly pleased that I played. The wind really tested us this week and competition was tough. Ebotse is one of my favourite courses in Gauteng and I feel ready for next week, so hopefully I’ll have a double celebration.”
Ferreira began the final round five off the pace from Lewthwaite and one shot behind Shaper and the status quo remained unchanged until Lewthwaite dropped three shots at 16 and 17.
“You have Lejan gunning to become the first female champion on the IGT Tour and Jayden challenging to become the youngest champion and you could feel the vibe building out there,” Ferreira said. “We all got swept up by the excitement and even I was rooting for them.”
Lewthwaite stayed ahead of the pack in spite of a pair of bogeys and a double bogey over the first 10 holes, and she kept control after birdies at 12 and 15, but a dropped shot at 16 and a double bogey at 17 put paid to her challenge.
“The pressure got to her at 16 and 17, but she showed great fighting spirit to finish with a birdie at the final hole,” Ferreira said. “She will learn a lot from those final holes and I wouldn’t be surprised if she wins one soon.
“Jayden’s composure at such a young age is impressive. Most guys would be stunned after two double bogeys, but he just stayed calm and in the moment. When we hit the back nine, he clawed his way back with four birdies to finish second. He is one to watch in the future.”

FINAL RESULT - TOP 20
212 - Tyrone Ferreira 71 71 70
213 - Jayden Schaper AMA 70 71 72
214 - Lejan Lewthwaite 70 67 77
215 - Teagan Moore 74 71 70
216 - Jake Redman 75 69 72
217 - James Pennington AMA (SWA) 71 74 72
218 - Pieter Moolman 76 72 70
219 - Carrie Park 71 74 74
222 - Simon Kruger 77 72 73, Gary Daoust (BEL) 72 75 75, Johary Raveloarison (MDG) 74 73 75, Michael Schutz 71 73 78, Elmo Barnard AMA 71 72 79, Ockert Strydom 69 70 83
223 - Tristen Strydom AMA 72 78 73, Andrew Carlsson AMA 74 72 77
224 - Coert Groenewald 75 75 74, Ray Badenhorst (ZIM) 72 75 77
225 - Hilton Hughes AMA 71 78 76, Aneel Kallan AMA 77 72 76

PHOTO – Tyrone Ferreira; credit CJ du Plooy

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Rudi Van RensburgThree consistant rounds won it at the end. Well done.

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Lejan Lewthwaite is still in the lead after 9 on 4 under

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Lejan LewthwaiteThanks guys...not today I'm afraid😝😁😊😊 thx for the support!

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Debra ArroyoTough game sweets! Well played anyways xxx

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Debi LeslieCome on little one you can do it 🏌

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Dane MartinGo yout good thing go.

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Derick Petersen JnrWell done lejan,proud of you man💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

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Lewthwaite lights up Ebotse

BENONI, 13 September 2016 – Rookie Lejan Lewthwaite fired nine birdies to press home a two shot advantage in the second round of the IGT Tour’s Ebotse Links Challenge on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old from Benoni wrapped up the low round honours with a five-under-par 67 at Ebotse Links Golf and Country Club that moved her into pole position at seven under 137.
Lewthwaite began the second round in a three-way tie for second and one stroke behind overnight pacesetter Ockie Strydom, who is stalking trophy number 13 on the country’s premier development Tour.
Although she dropped shots at the third and fourth, Lewthwaite outgunned Strydom with a flurry of five birdies from six to 10 and countered bogeys at 14 and 15 with another brace of birdies at the closing holes.
Meanwhile Strydom slipped to second with a 70, while 15-year-old Ekurhuleni junior Jayden Schaper closed with a 71 to finish a further two shots back.
Lewthwaite graduated Texas State University last year and finished her amateur career with a runner-up finish in the SA Women’s Open in December.
She joined the pro ranks in her second start on the Sunshine Ladies Tour in January and, when the season wrapped up in March, she joined fellow campaigners Carrie Park, Nobuhle Dlamini, Nicole Garcia, Francesca Cuturi, Michelle Leigh and others on the IGT Tour to fine-tune her game for the 2016 Ladies European Tour Qualifying School in December.
In addition to a runner-up finish in the Houghton Open in May, Lewthwaite blew into contention in the Lake Club Challenge last week and signed off with her fourth top 10 finish in 12 starts.
She was pleased to a strong performance at her home course with another solid showing at Ebotse.
“It’s really great to be in contention two weeks in a row,” said the Wanna Be A Champion player. “I’m out here to learn to handle pressure situations and it doesn’t get much tougher than this.
“I played with two Sunshine Tour pros – Breyten Meyer and Heinrich Bruiners – and that also brought unknown pressure and it all adds up to make me stronger mentally and better prepared.
“My coach Doug (Wood) and I have worked on a lot of technical aspects of my game since the start of the season, but a few weeks ago, our focus switched to the mental side of the game. All this pressure is very good for me, because it helps me focus on my goal right – to train myself to stay in the moment. I don’t think about my score, or how many birdies or bogeys I’ve made.”
Lewthwaite said she is relishing the opportunity to go head-to-head with Strydom in the final three-ball on Wednesday.
“I don’t really know Jayden, but Ockie is a bit of a legend on the IGT Tour, so I know we can both learn a lot from him,” Lewthwaite said. “Yes, it would be great to win, but I don’t want to get bogged down by records and such.
“My focus right now is on improving, so I will just be aiming to get through round with the best score possible. The back nine is a tougher loop, so I want to limit my mistakes and give myself the chance to finish inside the top three.”

SECOND ROUND SCORES - TOP 20
137 - Lejan Lewthwaite 70 67
139 - Ockert Strydom 69 70
141 - Jayden Schaper AMA 70 71
142 - Tyrone Ferreira 71 71
143 - Elmo Barnard AMA 71 72
144 - Michael Schutz 71 73, Jake Redman 75 69
145 - Teagan Moore 74 71, James Pennington AMA (SWA) 71 74, Carrie Park 71 74
146 - Andrew Carlsson AMA 74 72
147 - Ray Badenhorst (ZIM) 72 75, Johary Raveloarison (MDG) 74 73, Gary Daoust (BEL) 72 75
148 - Pieter Moolman 76 72, Leon Visser AMA 75 73
149 - Simon Kruger 77 72, Aneel Kallan AMA 77 72, Hilton Hughes AMA 71 78
150 - Coert Groenewald 75 75, Neil Cheetham (ENG) 77 73, Breyten Meyer 79 71, Tristen Strydom AMA 72 78, Shaun Barrett AMA 72 78, Duane Keun 70 80

PHOTO – Lejan Lewthwaite; credit CJ du Plooy

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Dane MartinThis young lass can play golf. Lejan is one of the most dedicated and deciplined golfers I have seen not to mention passionate. I know she is trying desperately hard to get the opportunity to apply her trade abroad and is in the process of trying to raise funds to do so. So if there are any takers out there willing and able to assist finacially please help Lejan in making her dream a reality. I am sure she will be very appreciative any and all assistance. Spare no survivors Lejan bring back only the bones.

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Kim LewthwaiteYou go my girl Lejan Lewthwaite........ I wanna hear you "ROAR"

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