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Calitz crushes Palmer for Kyalami win

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Calitz crushes Palmer for Kyalami win
(PHOTO – Louis Calitz; credit CJ du Plooy)

JOHANNESBURG, 1 July June 2015 – Free State pro Louis Calitz dashed Michael Palmer’s dream of a fourth IGT Tour win this season with four potent shots at the first extra hole of a sudden-death play-off to lift the Gary Player School for Champions Classic title on Wednesday.
The Sunshine Tour regular teed it up at Kyalami Country Club to stay competitive during the break, but once he got a whiff of the lead through 12 holes, there was no holding Calitz back.
The 29-year-old Bloemfontein native birdied the closing hole to sign for one-under-par 71 and set the clubhouse target at three under 213.
He was ready for Palmer, who mixed five bogeys with four birdies for a 73.
The pair both missed the fairway at the par-four 10th, but while Calitz drove his tee shot just slightly left, Palmer leaked his into the trees.
“I had 74 meters to the pin and hit it eight feet,” Calitz said. “Michael’s second stayed in the trees and his third shot found the right greenside bunker.”
It was game over for Palmer and with two putts to win, Calitz lagged his first to an inch and tapped in for victory.
The former Gary Player School for Champions student was thrilled to win his former academy’s first tournament on the country’s premier development Tour.
“This is a pretty special victory for me,” said Calitz, who is adjusting well to his new digs in Sunninghill, Johannesburg.
“My coach Neville Sundelson and the Gary Player School for Champions are based at the Momentum World of Golf and it was really to see some familiar faces here this week. I think it’s nice for the Gary Player School for Champions that someone associated with the academy won their first event on the IGT Tour.
“I have to thank Neville, my girlfriend Jacolene and my family for their unwavering support. There were a lot of Sunshine Tour pros competing this week. We all play the IGT Tour to stay competitive and sharp and the competition is fierce. It means a lot to me that I could pull this through.
“The IGT Tour has come on in heaps and bounds. It has become very competitive and the regulars and the amateurs really make us work out there.”
Gary Player School for Champions student Michael Schutz traded a bogey at the first for a birdie at four and held the joint lead at two under at the halfway mark with Palmer.
Unfortunately the amateur erased birdies at 12 and 13 with bogeys at 14 and 17 to close with an even-par 72, but he finished in an impressive tie for third with Sunshine Tour pro Justin Turner from the Wanne Be A Champion Academy, who returned a 69.

FINAL RESULT
213 - Louis Calitz 69 73 71
213 - Michael Palmer 72 68 73
214 - Justin Turner 68 77 69, Michael Schutz (AMA) 72 70 72
215 - Bryandrew Roelofsz 72 73 70, Rupert Kaminski (AMA) 70 71 74
216 - Lean Boezaart 70 72 74
217 - Conway Kunneke 70 77 70, Bryn Flanagan 68 77 72, Drikus Bruyns 72 71 74
219 - Matthew Kiewitz (AMA) 71 76 72, Jason Froneman 73 73 73, Christiaan Bezuidenhout 72 73 74, Tyron Roelofsz 69 70 80
220 - Stephan Erasmus (AMA) 73 72 75
221 - Matt Carvell 73 73 75, David McIntyre (AMA) 76 69 76, Carrie Park (AMA) 74 71 76, Phillip Kruse (AMA) 75 69 77
222 - Ryan Cairns ZIM 74 74 74
224 - TJ Bekker 75 74 75, Tyrone Ryan 73 77 74, Andrew Carlsson (AMA) 77 71 76, Simon Kruger 75 73 76
225 - CJ Levey (AMA) 78 72 75, Dylan O'Leary 74 73 78, Sheldon Steyn (ZIM) 74 80 71, Gareth Akers (AMA) 78 76 71
226 - Matthew Vogel 81 69 76, Christiaan Pretorius 78 72 76
227 - Gary Daoust (AMA) 73 76 78, Juan Langeveld 74 75 78, Wayne Stroebel 77 72 78, Drikus Van der Walt 76 76 75, Rikus Oosthuizen (AMA) 80 72 75, Armand Azar (AMA) 74 78 75, Johan de Beer 74 79 74, Joubert Van Eeden (AMA) 78 78 71
228 - Ryan Ciapparelli 72 73 83
229 - Matt Wollman (AMA) GER 75 76 78, Danie Pretorius 74 84 71
231 - Norman Beggs 78 70 83, Bernard Hattingh (AMA) 75 76 80, Wian Verster 85 67 79
232 - Jason Ackerman (AMA) 75 76 81, Paul Cuningham 75 79 78, Daniel Slabbert (AMA) 76 80 76
233 - Andi Dill (AMA) 74 78 81, Chris Van Tonder (AMA) 79 78 76
234 - David Rebelo (AMA) 80 75 79, Evance Vukeya (AMA) 81 77 76
235 - Michael Van Hoeck (AMA) BEL 78 79 78
236 - Michael Kok (AMA) 76 77 83, Werner Van Wyk (AMA) 74 80 82
237 - Matthew Kent 82 75 80
238 - Rhoan Gardiner 77 76 85
239 - David Lamprecht 83 74 82
240 - Ricky Hendler (AMA) 79 79 82
243 - Brendan Britten NAM 75 82 86
N/R - Ruan Huysamen NAM 73 82 N/R
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Kaminski in contention at Kyalami
(PHOTO – Rupert Kaminski; credit CJ du Plooy)

JOHANNESBURG, 30 June 2015 – Killarney amateur Rupert Kaminski is relishing the opportunity to start the final round of the Gary Player School for Champions Classic at Kyalami Country Club in the company of 36-hole leader Tyron Roelofsz and three-time IGT Tour winner Michael Palmer.
The 18-year-old Kaminski holed a 10-footer for eagle at the par-five 18th to sign for a one-under-par 71 and he lags two strokes off the pace from Roelofsz, who returned a 70 to take pole at five under.
Palmer fired a four under 68 to finish at 140.
“My card was definitely way more colourful than theirs, but I won’t be thinking about that when I get on the first tee on Wednesday,” Kaminski said.
“Tyrone plays on the Sunshine Tour and Michael has been in contention in almost every event on the IGT Tour since he came back for America in December. This is an awesome opportunity for me to learn from these guys and to see how they deal with this course.”
Roelofsz from The Golfspecialist made light work of a double bogey at the third and reeled in four birdies in an otherwise flawless display at the championship venue.
Palmer squeezed an eagle three at the fourth between bogeys at one and five, and notched four further gains for his four under round.
Kaminski bogeyed the fifth, but otherwise enjoyed a perfect start to the second round with three birdies on the trot before the turn. He dropped a shot at 11, and surrendered two more strokes at 16 and 17 before holing a 10-footer at the par-five closing hole to minimize the damage.
“I hit a bad tee shot at 11 and that led to bogey,” Kaminski said.
“For some reason I started feeling uncomfortable over the ball. I hit my second at 16 pin high right and three-putted and I didn’t regroup before 17. I wasn’t focussed and hit my tee shot in the water.
“My caddie said to me that we should at least try to finish under par and that shocked me back to my senses. I hit a great three-wood down the fairway at 18 and put a three-iron from 230 meters out 10 feet from the hole and boxed the putt. That gave me a sense of accomplishment.”
Kaminski is ranked 10th in the South African Golf Association Open Amateur standings.
He claimed a runner-up finish in the SA Stroke Play Championship at Port Elizabeth Golf Club in February and notched eight top finishes on the Open Amateur circuit since. He certainly knows what it takes to perform under pressure, but finds the conditions on the IGT Tour a lot more intense.
“It’s a very different type of pressure, because there is a 36-hole cut and the pros are competing for money,” Kaminski said.
“It forces you to raise the level of your game, because you also want to be in contention.”
Gary Player School of Champions members Louis Calitz (73) and amateur Michael Schutz (70) will start the final round in a tie for fourth on two under with IGT Tour winner Lean Boezaart.
Overnight leaders Bryn Flanagan and Justin Turner from the Wanna Be A Champion Academy lag six strokes of the pace after rounds of 77.
SECOND ROUND SCORES
139 - Tyron Roelofsz 69 70
140 - Michael Palmer 72 68
141 - Rupert Kaminski (AMA) 70 71
142 - Lean Boezaart 70 72, Louis Calitz 69 73, Michael Schutz (AMA) 72 70
143 - Drikus Bruyns 72 71
144 - Phillip Kruse (AMA) 75 69
145 - Bryn Flanagan 68 77, Justin Turner 68 77, David McIntyre (AMA) 76 69, Bryandrew Roelofsz 72 73, Christiaan Bezuidenhout 72 73, Stephan Erasmus (AMA) 73 72, Ryan Ciapparelli 72 73, Carrie Park (AMA) 74 71
146 - Matt Carvell 73 73, Jason Froneman 73 73
147 - Matthew Kiewitz (AMA) 71 76, Conway Kunneke 70 77, Dylan O'Leary 74 73
148 - Ryan Cairns ZIM 74 74, Simon Kruger 75 73, Andrew Carlsson (AMA) 77 71, Norman Beggs 78 70
149 - Wayne Stroebel 77 72, Juan Langeveld 74 75, Gary Daoust (AMA) 73 76, TJ Bekker 75 74
150 - Christiaan Pretorius 78 72, Matthew Vogel 81 69, Tyrone Ryan 73 77, CJ Levey (AMA) 78 72
151 - Matt Wollman (AMA) GER 75 76, Jason Ackerman (AMA) 75 76, Bernard Hattingh (AMA) 75 76
152 - Wian Verster 85 67, Andi Dill (AMA) 74 78, Drikus Van der Walt 76 76, Armand Azar (AMA) 74 78, Rikus Oosthuizen (AMA) 80 72
153 - Johan de Beer 74 79, Michael Kok (AMA) 76 77, Rhoan Gardiner 77 76
154 - Gareth Akers (AMA) 78 76, Sheldon Steyn ZIM 74 80, Paul Cuningham 75 79, Werner Van Wyk (AMA) 74 80
155 - David Rebelo (AMA) 80 75, Ruan Huysamen NAM 73 82
156 - Joubert Van Eeden (AMA) 78 78, Daniel Slabbert (AMA) 76 80
157 - David Lamprecht 83 74, Matthew Kent 82 75, Chris Van Tonder (AMA) 79 78, Brendan Britten NAM 75 82, Michael Van Hoeck (AMA) BEL 78 79
158 - Ricky Hendler (AMA) 79 79, Danie Pretorius 74 84, Evance Vukeya (AMA) 81 77
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159 - Karl Lehmacher (AMA) 81 78, Michael Jooste (AMA) 79 80, Nicholas Botha (AMA) 79 80
160 - Michael Faasen (AMA) 82 78, Niel Meyer 81 79, Matthew Adams (AMA) 88 72, Neil Cheetham ENG 77 83, Devan Payne (AMA) 84 76, Otto van Greunen 83 77
161 - Cole Dodgen (AMA) 81 80, David Ashley (AMA) 78 83
162 - Michael Armstrong (AMA) 84 78
163 - Ibraheem Badat (AMA) 84 79, Owen Grobler 84 79, Hein Dreyer (AMA) 76 87
164 - Duan Nagel (AMA) 85 79
166 - Maxime Deffontaine (AMA) BEL 85 81
167 - Mitchell Lightfoot (AMA) 83 84
170 - Michael Petersen (AMA) 85 85
171 - Graeme Limper (AMA) 89 82, Cameron Gunning 88 83
172 - Glenn Hurter 85 87
173 - Xander Prinsloo (AMA) 87 86, Luca Kotton (AMA) 84 89
174 - Matthew Hands (AMA) 89 85
175 - Clayton Ackermann (AMA) 90 85, Gustav Erasmus 94 81, Benjamin Cobbett (AMA) 86 89
176 - Sean Graham (AMA) 84 92
177 - Christopher Hardy (AMA) (MUS) 88 89
179 - Gary Jutzen (AMA) 87 92
181 - Adam Baker (AMA) 90 91
189 - JP Basson (AMA) 94 95
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