16th January 2014 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Big Easy’s Prinsloo takes final IGT Q-School Warm-Up

(Photo – Jaco Prinsloo; credit CJ du Plooy)JacoPrinslooCMR

JOHANNESBURG, 15 January 2014 – Big Easy Tour graduate Jaco Prinsloo saved his best for last to claim the final IGT Q-School Warm-Up in a suspenseful final round at CMR Golf Club on Wednesday.

Under pressure from top SA amateur Callum Mowat, Prinsloo drained a 10-footer for birdie at the par-three 17th to claim some breathing space before going down the last.

But after Mowat failed to make at eagle at the par-five to force a play-off, the 24-year-old simply had to lag it close and box the par-putt for a four under 68 that was good enough to beat the IGT Race to Q-School champion.

Mowat, who signed for a 69, finished one shot shy of the winning score at 16-under-par 272, while overnight leader Juan Langeveld slotted into third place on 274 with a closing 71.

Prinsloo, Mowat and amateur Werner van Niekerk trailed Langeveld by one going into the final round, but Prinsloo pushed to the front early with three gains and a bogey over the opening nine holes.

Down the back stretch, Prinsloo added a birdie at the 11th to pull ahead, but then left the door wide open for Mowat when he overshot the green at the par-three 14th and failed to up-and-down for par. The amateur also dropped at the 14th, but birdied the 15th to put Prinsloo back in the pressure cooker.

“I hit a great trap shot from the greenside bunker at the 16th to about 20-feet and holed the putt for birdie and then boxed that eight-footer at 17,” Prinsloo explained.

“Going down the 18th, I knew that par would seal the win, unless Callum made an eagle to force a play-off. Luckily he made birdie and I could breathe easy with two putts to win.”

At the end of last season, Mowat won one of the 12 IGT Tour Race to Q-School tournaments and posted eight top five finishes in his last 11 starts. But, while he will line up with more than 240 hopefuls at the Qualifying School, Prinsloo avoided the gruelling trip to Bloemfontein next week by earning his Sunshine Tour card on the Big Easy Tour.

In addition to a victory at Kempton Park, Prinsloo claimed three top 10 finishes on the Big Easy. He finished the series with a third place ranking on the final Order of Merit to become the first rookie to bypass Q-School and earn his card for the main Tour.

The GFG Academy player has been campaigning on the IGT Tour for three years and entered the final warm-up events to get the festive season rust off.

He was delighted to pull through for a win this close to the start of the Sunshine Tour’s first qualifier of the new season.

“It’s just three weeks until the Joburg Open qualifier, and I really wanted to get a top five finish this week, just to boost the confidence” said Thabazimbi-born Prinsloo.

“I managed to avoid Q-School, so that’s a big plus, but I want to get my season off to a good start.

The Joburg Open would be the place to do it, but there will be a lot of guys with the same game plan at the Qualifier, so I need every bit of competitive experience I can get.

“Last week at ERPM was a little disappointing, but I definitely wasn’t up to scratch yet. This week was a great result, though.”

Prinsloo added that winning at CMR, a popular venue for the IGT Tour regulars, was extra special.

We play here quite often and it’s one of our favourite courses,” he said. “Pierce Penberthy always delivers a perfect course and the general manager, Ray Martin, and the staff here at CMR always go out of their way to give us a great experience.

“I’m an old face on the IGT Tour, so I really happy that I could win here, for the CMR staff and myself.”

FINAL RESULT

All players RSA unless otherwise indicated; Amateurs = (AM)

272 – Jaco Prinsloo 69 68 67 68

273 – Callum Mowat (AM) 69 69 66 69

274 – Juan Langeveld 71 63 69 71

276 – Ryan Clarke 70 74 64 68

277 – Graeme Vrugtman (AM) 73 68 69 67, Hyun Park 71 70 64 72

278 – John McClean 71 69 67 71

279 – CJ du Plessis 70 68 68 73

280 – Lean Boezaart 67 74 68 71, JC Ritchie 71 68 67 74

281 – Sarel Van der Walt 70 72 65 74, Werner Van Niekerk (AM) 68 69 67 77

282 – Brett Liddle 73 67 69 73

283 – Louis Moolman 73 72 68 70, Roberto Lupini 73 70 69 71, Bryandrew Roelofsz 71 74 67 71

284 – Calvin Caldeira (AM) 70 73 69 72

285 – Haydn Porteous 72 72 71 70, Pieter Kruger 73 66 72 74, Maritz Wessels 69 67 74 75

286 – Nobuhle Dlamini 70 74 70 72, Jonathan Waschefort 72 72 71 71, Otto van Greunen 73 69 69 75, Conway Kunneke (AM) 69 71 68 78

288 – Wayne Stroebel 78 68 70 72, Raymond Mathonsi 72 68 77 71, Ted Hendriks 73 75 69 71

290 – Gareth Akers (AM) 69 76 70 75, Jacques Prinsloo 73 72 74 71

291 – Zak Van Zyl (AM) 74 72 70 75, JP Van der Walt 74 74 70 73, Sam Botham 75 71 75 70

292 – Deon Bredenkamp 76 74 69 73

293 – Hertzog Landman 76 71 71 75, Dylan de Beer 74 74 72 73

294 – Joubert Van Eeden (AM) 71 74 73 76

295 – Mike Downes 73 72 75 75

297 – Merrick Van As (AM) 72 76 72 77, Frans Strydom 74 72 75 76

298 – Romano Saincic 81 69 71 77, Jerry Steyn 72 72 80 74

299 – Carrie Park (AM) 76 76 71 76

301 – Lourens Du Plessis (AM) 75 72 74 80, Leon Knoll (AM) 80 70 73 78

303 – Shaun van Tonder 75 74 75 79

306 – Christiaan Pretorius 70 79 74 83

WDN – Herman Minnie 68 75 70 WDN, Arthur Horne 77 73 73 WDN

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