9th May 2018 | IGT Golf

De Beer goes wire-to-wire in IGT Wingate

De Beer goes wire-to-wire in IGT Wingate

(PHOTO – Marco de Beer; credit CJ du Plooy)

TSHWANE, 9 May 2018 – Marco de Beer had to fight his way back to the front for a third successive round, but this time a well-executed rally over the last nine holes at Wingate Park Country Club netted the Zwartkop golfer his maiden IGT Challenge Tour victory on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old De Beer led the field with rounds of 68 and 69 and closed out a one stroke victory on eight-under 208 in wire-to-wire style with a hard-fought for final round 71.

“This was a real test of patience,” said the Wanna Be A Champion Academy golfer.

“I struggled over the first nine holes every day and I had to rally hard on the back nine to make up the lost ground and today was no different. On top of that there was the stress of playing for my first win, but I have to say it was a good stress. This was a huge learning curve, having to deal with the early setbacks and then fight back for the win.”

De Beer shared the first round lead with fellow Tshwane professional Ruan Korb, but he own the outright lead after 36 holes and began the final round on seven-under with a one stroke lead over the Silver Lakes golfer.

Another Tshwane pair – Tokkie van den Berg from Centurion and Woodhill amateur Armand van Dyk – were tied for third at four-under.

“I let Ruan in the door right away when I drove it in the trees left,” said De Beer. “I couldn’t up and down from short of the green to save par at the first, but I made birdie at the second to take back the lead. Then Ruan birdied the third and I dropped another shot at four. When Ruan birdied the sixth, I was on the back foot. Again.”

Korb led the field around the turn at eight-under, with De Beer two shots back and tied with Van den Berg, who birdied two and four in the opening loop.

The trio played the first three holes to par, but the status changed dramatically at the par five 13th.

“I made a birdie, Tokkie made par and Ruan dropped two shots,” said De Beer. “In that one hole, the momentum swung back in my favour.

“Ruan laid up left and I went for the green. I cleared the bunker, but I was just short of the green. The pin was back left, so I putted up and holed the second putt for birdie.”
Korb was behind trees after his second and his third shot clipped a branch, sending the ball back into the trees .He punched out and got on to green, but three-putted for seven.

He dropped another shot at 14, but Van Der Berg – playing in the group ahead – moved into the lead with birdies 15 and 17. Determined not to be denied, De Beer grabbed a share of the lead with a brace of birdies at 15 and 16.

“I made a great up-and-down from the bunker at 15 for birdie and holed a huge right-to-left swinging putt from 30 foot at 16 to get back to eight-under,” he said. “I figured I’d have to make a birdie at 18 at the very least to get into a play-off, but after we played our tee shots, I heard that Tokkie finished with a double bogey. That took some huge pressure off. No need to get fancy and throw it away, so I just made sure I got on the green in three and made the two putts to win.

“I got disqualified during the final stage of Qualifying School in March because I signed for an incorrect score. One wrong number and my dream was over. That day it felt like the end of the world, but I’m a great believer that everything that happens to us, happens for a reason.

“Yes, it was a setback and very a tough lesson, but it was also an opportunity to use the next 12 months to learn, to gain more experience and to start winning. I refused to let it get me down and it’s a great feeling to lift a trophy on the IGT Challenge Tour. One box ticked.”

Final Result

All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as AMA

208 – Marco de Beer 68 69 71

209 – Ruan Korb 68 70 71

210 – Tokkie van den Berg 69 71 70

215 – Keegan Mclachlan AMA 72 72 71, Dylan Kok 69 75 71, Peetie van der Merwe 73 70 72, Armand van Dyk AMA 69 71 75

216 – Kyle Barker 74 73 69, Richard Joubert 70 76 70, Luke Brown 75 68 73, Otto van Buynder AMA 71 72 73

220 – Matthew Rossouw AMA 73 75 72, Dylan Mostert 75 71 74, Albert Venter 71 73 76

221 – Ruan Groenewald 72 74 75

222 – Eric Nel 77 72 73, Ivan Mare AMA 74 72 76, Stefan Cronje 75 70 77, Jan-Louis Nel AMA 71 74 77

223 – Maritz Wessels 75 74 74, Conway Kunneke 73 76 74, Stephan Erasmus 77 74 72, Leon Visser 69 74 80

224 – Christopher van der Merwe AMA 73 75 76, Divan Marais 75 72 77, Keaton Slatter AMA 72 75 77, Gilson Filho (BRA) 72 74 78

225 – Angus Ellis-Cole AMA 77 76 72, Christopher de Beer 78 75 72

226 – Gary Daoust (BEL) 75 73 78, Hendrikus Stoop 78 74 74

227 – Neville Mitchell AMA 72 84 71

228 – Leon Vorster 76 75 77, Quintin Crause 72 74 82, Jonathan Waschefort 73 79 76, Brendan Sly AMA (ZIM) 77 75 76, Andi Dill 78 75 75, Zander Gous AMA 75 78 75

229 – Michael Kok 74 76 79, Terry Smith 77 74 78, Fritz Orren 75 76 78

230 – Romano Saincic 72 79 79, Marcus Smal AMA 71 83 76

232 – Henning Stander AMA 74 77 81

233 – Andrew Plint AMA 76 74 83

234 – Allan Jirek AMA (CZE) 77 77 80, Jancarel Rossouw AMA 77 78 79

236 – Michael Van Rooyen 78 78 80

238 – Jason Reynolds AMA 73 83 82

240 – August Pienaar AMA 76 79 85

241 – Henning du Plooy AMA 77 79 85

DSQ – Neezy Thubisi 80 73 DSQ

 

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

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