12th February 2020 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Mansfield doubles up in Race to Q-School

Mansfield doubles up in Race to Q-School

CENTURION, 12 February 2020 – Clayton Mansfield fired a flawless final round six-under 66 to win the IGT Race to Q-School #5 by one shot at Services Golf Club on Wednesday.

Mansfield’s 14-under total was one better than a fast finishing Quintin Wilsnach, who closed out his final round seven-under 65 with six birdies in a row.

Amateur Xander Basson (67) and Jason Froneman (71) finished four shots back in joint third, with Karabo Mokoena alone in fifth on 209 after firing a five-under 67.

It was a remarkable second win in three weeks for the 25-year-old Mansfield, who tasted victory at the IGT Race to Q-School #3 by two shots at Houghton Golf Club on January 29.

The winning feeling for Mansfield was particularly sweet.

“This is definitely something I can get used to. I played well all week. I had my dad [Lance] on the bag this week, so it was awesome to do it with him. Going wire-to-wire is great and going bogey-free in the final round is even better,” said Mansfield.

Maintaining his lead throughout the event, was a credit to Mansfield’s mental strength.

“In this game, you can come from behind or lead the pack – it changes every week. Winning from any position gives you a lot of confidence – that’s for sure,” said the Durban Country Club member.

“I hit the ball very well today. I didn’t feel nervous because I didn’t feel like I was going to make a mistake at any stage. I put myself in positions where I was having good looks at birdies, and at the worst I’d have a six-footer for par. I didn’t miss many greens, I was just solid. I didn’t need to execute any impossible shots.”

With Wilsnach piling on the birdies ahead, it meant Mansfield had to focus solely on his own game.

“I’m not a leaderboard watcher, but he was playing ahead of me and I saw when I started the last hole he had finished on 13-under. Going into the last nine holes I thought I was just wasting energy worrying about other guys.”

The former GolfRSA National Squad member said the confidence he gained from the wins ahead of the gruelling Sunshine Tour Q-school next month at Houghton Golf Club will be extremely important.

“Every win is important. My head is in a good space, and I just want to keep this run going to Q-school,” he said.

As for the congratulations he received from his dad after carrying the bag on his special day, Mansfield said it was a good thing he finished off the job: “My dad was ecstatic, he said he was very proud of me. There’s nothing much you can say when a person wins. You can say a lot when a person loses and they play badly,” he quipped.

For Wilsnach, by contrast, it was another close shave after he also lost out in the Race to Q-School #4 at Wingate. On that occasion Wilsnach was also just one stroke off the winning mark, with Krugersdorp amateur Simon du Plooy claiming the spoils on seven-under.

With some big rewards at stake, the Q-School hopefuls will have one more chance to sharpen their games in the last Race to Q-School event of the series at Krugersdorp Golf Club.

The top 15 ranked players on the Race to Q-School Top 15 Order of Merit will be exempt into the Final Stage at Houghton Golf Club and the top 10 in the Transformation Race to Q-School qualify for the Vusi Ngubeni Tournament presented by Sunshine Tour and Petrus Kleinbooi at Soweto Country Club. Both events will be played from 2-5 March.

Final Result

(All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified and amateurs indicated as AMA).

202 – Clayton Mansfield 66 70 66

203 – Quintin Wilsnach 70 68 65

207 – Xander Basson AMA 71 69 67, Jason Froneman 69 67 71

209 – Karabo Mokoena AMA 68 74 67

211 – Armand Van Dyk AMA 72 71 68, Christian Basson 72 69 70, Leon Visser 69 71 71, Marthin Scheepers 71 67 73

212 – Michael Pfeifer 76 67 69, Brandon Gildenhuys AMA 69 72 71, Alex De Gunzburg (USA) 69 69 74

213 – Richard Joubert 72 72 69, Paulo Serrao (POR) 74 68 71, Liam Labuschagne 73 69 71, Luan Boshoff 74 72 67, Keanu Pestana 73 68 72, Marcel Steyn Scholtz 72 67 74

214 – Kyran Hawkins AMA 73 71 70, Gideon Van Der Vyver 73 72 69, Shalan Govender 69 73 72, Simon Du Plooy AMA 72 74 68, Richard O’Donovan (IRE) 68 71 75

215 – Reinhardt Blaauw 71 71 73, Duan Nagel 72 70 73, Werner Deyzel AMA 71 70 74

216 – Jaco Van Der Merwe 74 70 72, Michael Schutz 75 70 71, Dylan O’Leary 72 73 71, Alex Pieterse AMA 72 73 71, Llewellyn Booysen 72 75 69

217 – Elmo Barnard AMA 70 74 73, Conner Mackenzie AMA 74 72 71

218 – Zabastian De Jager 72 73 73, Thabang Simon 74 69 75, Jack Rex Duthie 70 71 77, Leon Van Der Walt AMA 74 73 71, Bryce Myburgh 74 74 70

219 – Francois Blaauw AMA 77 70 72

220 – Nico Du Buisson 71 72 77, Jancarel Rossouw AMA 74 71 75, Luke Trocado 76 71 73, Ryan Joyce AMA 73 74 73, Phumlani Maluka 72 75 73

221 – Zachary Chegwidden AMA (ENG) 70 75 76, Adam Baker 72 74 75, Angus Ellis-Cole 73 74 74, Richard Kruger 77 70 74

222 – Ruhan Van Dijk 77 70 75

224 – Tristan Topka 77 71 76

225 – Teagan Moore 70 75 80, Albert Visser 78 70 77

227 – Ricardo V D Westhuizen AMA 75 73 79

231 – Stephan Erasmus 74 74 83

Written by Michael Sherman and released by Lali Stander on behalf of the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour.

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