12th December 2013 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Boezaart bags final IGT Race to Q-School

(Photo – Lean Boezaart; credit CJ du Plooy)Glendower10-12DecDay3 (37)

BEDFORDVIEW, 12 December 2013 – You have to be good at numbers to major in accounting and after two runner-up finishes, six top 10 finishes and three top 20s, the numbers finally added up to victory for chartered accountant turned professional, Lean Boezaart.

The 28-year-old reeled in seven birdies and an eagle at Glendower Golf Club to hold off the chasing pack and capture a three-stroke victory in the final event of the 12-tournament IGT Tour Race to Q-School series.

Boezaart posted a winning score of eight-under-par 208, but his seven-under-par 65 was matched by Pieter Kruger, who took advantage of the break in the wet weather to vault to joint second with amateur Callum Mowat, who returned a 69.

Jacques de Villiers followed two 73s with a 68 to finish a further three strokes back in fourth, while Ted Hendriks joined the 65 club with six birdies and an eagle to tie for 10th on three over 219.

Boezaart, who did his articles with Deloitte & Touche before turning professional in 2011, said his rookie season on the Sunshine Tour last season was a complete wash-out.

“I was working full-time, so I campaigned on the Western Province Premier Amateur Tour, and even represented Province at the South African Inter-Provincial,” he said. “I got my card at Q-School, but mentally I was nowhere near ready for the pro circuit.

“I wasn’t prepared for the stress and the pressure and I failed miserably. I made about R20,000 in a season of many misses. I take my hat off to Deloitte & Touche for sticking with me, though.”

Boezaart explained that his former employers’ continued sponsorship enabled him to relocate to Parkwood in Johannesburg and campaign on the IGT Tour this year.

“I started working with Dougie Wood at Serengeti Golf & Wildlife Estate and I put everything we worked on into the IGT Tour,” said Boezaart, who played in 18 IGT Tour events.

“I needed to put myself in high pressure situations to learn to cope with the pressure and to test myself against real professionals and the IGT Tour offered that next level before the Sunshine Tour.”

Going into the final round, Boezaart set himself a target of eight under par.

Although he finished one short of his goal, the feeling of going for it at the final hole and boxing a 20-footer for his final birdie was everything he hoped for.

“I felt so ready to win; I was calm and focussed and knew exactly what I was going for,” he said.

“That final birdie put the cap on what I believe is just the start of big things to come. I can honestly tell you that at the end of my rookie season, I pretty much felt like a failure.

“The guys at Deloitte & Touche said I should give it another shot and it’s such a fantastic feeling to be able to show them it was money well spent.”

FINAL RESULT (top 30)

South African unless otherwise indicated; Amateur = (AMA)

208 – Lean Boezaart 74 69 65

211 – Pieter Kruger 73 73 65, Callum Mowat (AMA) 74 68 69

214 – Jacques de Villiers 73 73 68

215 – Ryan Clarke 76 70 69

216 – James Searson 72 71 73

217 – Eduard Van Den Berg (AMA) 74 72 71

218 – Jerry Steyn 78 72 68, Andi Dill (AMA) 76 72 70

219 – Ted Hendriks 77 77 65, Gideon Pienaar 80 69 70, Roberto Lupini 79 70 70, Antonio Rosado 75 72 72

220 – Jonathan Waschefort 77 72 71

221 – Hyun Park 77 72 72, Pierre Viviers 77 72 72, Dongkwan Kim 77 71 73, Johan Theron 75 73 73

222 – Danie Pretorius 70 83 69, Brendan De Lange 77 73 72

223 – Sam Botham 76 75 72, JC Ritchie 70 79 74

224 – Bryce McCabe (AMA) 77 75 72

225 – Wayne Stroebel 79 74 72, Sarel Van der Walt 79 73 73, Rae Mackie 80 71 74, Matthew Adams (AMA) 78 73 74

226 – Romano Saincic 79 74 73, Herman Minnie 78 73 75, Jared Burnard 77 79 70

227 – Terence Boardman 78 75 74, Coert Groenewald 83 75 69

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