23rd January 2019 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Dingle denies Lawrence for IGT hat-trick

Dingle denies Lawrence for IGT hat-trick

PRETORIA, 23 January 2019 – Experience won out as Wynand Dingle pipped Sunshine Tour rookie Thriston Lawrence in a sudden-death play-off hole to claim his third victory on the IGT Challenge Tour at his new home course on Wednesday.

Lawrence had a three shot lead starting the final round of the Race to Q-School #2 and he was four shots clear of Dingle, who moved to Silver Lakes Golf Estate in early January.

Chasing his own hat-trick of wins, the Nelspruit golfer stayed ahead of the pack with an eagle-three at the second and a trio of birdies for a three-under-par 69, but he couldn’t hold off a charging Dingle.

An eagle at the par five seventh and four birdies got Dingle within a shot of Lawrence’s lead after 14 holes. He birdied the closing hole for flawless 65 to tie Lawrence on 16-under at the end of regulation play and force the tournament into extra time.

The pair returned to the ninth hole and both players made par on the first try. Dingle emerged triumphant with a brilliant up-and-down for par on the second trip down the par three.

The Sunshine Tour stalwart had entered the first two events of the Race to Q-School series to get his game into competitive shape for the Eye for Africa PGA Championship next week and he was over the moon with the win.

“I’m chuffed beyond words with this win,” said the 34-year-old. “I really battled with my swing during the first Race to Q-School at Centurion last week and it wasn’t much better in the first round here at Silver Lakes.

“I spend quite a bit of time on the driving range trying a few things and it started to click. I struck the ball much better in the second round and today I really hit some quality shots. That was key to the win. I hit seven fairways, but when I missed, it was by a fraction. I putted like a demon, too. Now I feel ready to take on the Eye of Africa.”

Dingle made a fast start with back-to-back birdies at the second and third, but Lawrence stayed four shots clear after an eagle at the par-five second.

“I split the fairway at the seventh and hit an 8-iron from 169, leaving myself a 12-foot eagle putt,” said Dingle. “I boxed the putt, but Thriston birdied seven and eight to stay four shots ahead.

“Then he dropped nine and 10 and the gap was down to two shots. I drew level with birdies at 13 and 14, but he was playing behind me and he birdied 14 to go 1-up again.

“On 18, I hit my drive slightly left but I had a good lie and I went for the green. I had 165 metres flag with the wind helping, but I was scared of the water in front of the green, so I went with an 8-iron instead of a 9-iron and landed it close.

“He had a chance to win on 18, but his bad luck turned into my good luck. During the second play-off hole, we both hit shocking tee shots and we both missed the green right. I hit my chip to three-foot and beat him with a par.”
Dingle joined the pro ranks in 2008. After three wins on the country’s premier golf development circuit and success on the Big Easy Tour in 2008, he is still chasing that breakthrough on the Sunshine Tour.

“They say a change is as good as a holiday and after 11 wonderful years at Pecanwood, we moved to Silver Lakes at the start of the year,” said Dingle.

“My girlfriend Adele works in Pretoria and the daily commute finally got too much. So a new home, a new home course, and now a win at the start of the season. So I am taking this as a good omen; that maiden win is just around the corner.”

Lawrence settled for a credible second, while two-time Sunshine Tour winner JC Ritchie, CJ du Plessis and Christoff Appel shared third on 13-under after posting respective rounds of 69, 68 and 67.

Final Result

All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as AMA

200 – Wynand Dingle 68 67 65 (2nd play-off hole)

200 – Thriston Lawrence 65 66 69

203 – Christof Appel 66 70 67, CJ du Plessis 67 68 68, JC Ritchie 66 68 69

206 – Jaco Prinsloo 70 70 66

207 – Ruan Conradie 65 75 67

208 – Jade Buitendag 69 71 68, Albert Venter 67 73 68, Kyle Barker 67 72 69, Teaghan Gauche 68 66 74

209 – Richard Joubert 70 68 71

210 – Fredrik From (SWE) 71 70 69, Toto Thimba Jnr 70 71 69, Heinrich Bruiners 70 70 70

212 – Jason Diab 74 69 69, Louis Albertse 68 73 71

213 – Kyle McClatchie 74 70 69, Marthin Scheepers 75 73 65

214 – Gideon Van Der Vyver 71 72 71, Clinton Grobler 71 71 72, Irvin Mazibuko 72 74 68

215 – Hanlo Jacobs 74 69 72, Jason Rossiter 74 69 72, Paul Rodrigues AMA 73 72 70, Darin De Smidt AMA 73 72 70, Emilio Pera AMA 71 72 72, Donovan Liddicoat AMA 71 70 74, Breyten Meyer 72 68 75, Bradley Diggeden AMA 69 69 77

216 – Clayton Mansfield AMA 73 73 70

217 – Conner Mackenzie AMA 72 73 72, Michiel Bothma 69 73 75, Theunis Bezuidenhout 68 77 72, Gareth Sargent AMA 74 72 71, Jonathan Waschefort 71 70 76, Thabang Simon 75 72 70

218 – Zander Gous AMA 69 77 72, Duane Keun 79 69 70, Ruan Korb 75 73 70

219 – James Mack (ENG) 73 72 74, Altaaf Bux 72 73 74, Jack Rex Duthie 75 70 74

220 – Divan Marais 70 71 79, Patric Dowling AMA 76 70 74

221 – Reinhardt Blaauw AMA 78 66 77, Omar Sandys 74 74 73, Quintin Crause 74 74 73

222 – Hanish Nagrani (ZIM) 76 72 74

223 – Christian Basson AMA 73 75 75, Ruhan Van Dijk 76 72 75

224 – Zabastian De Jager 68 76 80, Paulo Serrao (POR) 71 75 78, Michael-James Steyn 72 76 76

228 – Tristen Strydom 73 72 83

DSQ – Jabulane Mabilane 70 74 DSQ

PHOTO – IGT Race to Q-School #2 winner Wynand Dingle; credit CJ du Plooy.

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

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