23rd September 2015 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Boezaart charts course to fourth IGT Tour win

Irene21-23SepDay3 (205)(PHOTO – Lean Boezaart; credit CJ du Plooy)

TSHWANE, 23 September 2015 – Pretoria’s Lean Boezaart overcame a late wobble to march to his fourth IGT Tour victory in the GFG Academy Classic, while three-time champion Christiaan Bezuidenhout put the final touches on his preparation for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship with a joint runner-up finish at Irene Country on Wednesday.

Boezaart carded earlier rounds of 68 and 64 to start the final round in a tie for the lead with fellow pro Eddie Taylor, but pulled four strokes clear of his closest challengers after he chipped in for eagle at the par-five ninth.

Then the 29-year-old former chartered accountant made a rare miscalculation at the par-four 14th and a visit to the water hazard cost him two shots.

Boezaart rallied with birdies at 15, 16 and 17 for a four under 68 to close out a five stroke victory on 16-under-par 200.

“I hit a great drive at 14, but the wind held my ball back and my approach came up short,” the GFG Academy player said.

“The ball pitched in the fringe and bounced in a water. I had a bit of a cushion, but I attacked the pins at the next three holes and boxed three straight birdie putts to pull it back.”

Meanwhile first round leader Bezuidenhout eagled the 10th on his way to a 69 and a share of second on 11 under 205 with IGT Tour graduates Taylor and Ockie Strydom, who closed with rounds of 73 and 68 respectively.

Rookie pro Bertine Strauss carded rounds of 72, 71 and 71 to top the ladies leaderboard.

The 2015 LPGA Qualifying School First Stage winner finished 16th on two under, a stroke clear of reigning Sanlam SA Women’s Amateur champion Carrie Park, who signed off with a 71.

Boezaart gave up his day job to campaign full-time on the country’s premier development Tour in 2014.

He racked up 11 top 10 finishes, including a third win at Wingate Park, and finished the season ranked ninth on the IGT Tour Money Leaders list. He comfortably earned a card for the Sunshine Tour, but has found the going tough.

“I’ve only had five pay-days in 17 starts, but I took home cheques in two of my last three events,” Boezaart said.

“I’ve actually been playing better in the last few months, but I haven’t strung together three rounds like this in a while. It’s tough to play on a Q-School card; it’s a real grind, but this week has given me new confidence for the final stretch of the season.”

Boezaart and brother Roal launched Freedom of Movement, a lifestyle clothing and accessories brand, in Stellenbosch earlier this year and the business gives him the freedom to travel and pursue his dream.

“We have actually done nicely so far, which has relieved the financial pressure on me, too,” Boezaart said. “We have a number of tournaments coming up and my main goal will be to qualify and make some cuts, because I need to improve my position on the money list. I’ll take a lot of confidence and self-belief from this performance to St Francis next week.”

Meanwhile Pieter Kruger fired a 67 to collect the low round honours, worth R500.

FINAL RESULT

All competitors RSA unless otherwise stated; amateurs indicated as (ama)

200 – Lean Boezaart 68 64 68

205 – Ockert Strydom 72 65 68, Christiaan Bezuidenhout 65 71 69, Eddie Taylor 67 65 73

206 – Bryandrew Roelofsz 68 67 71

207 – Louis Taylor (ama) 71 68 68, Jonathan Waschefort 67 70 70, Simon Kruger 68 65 74

208 – Conway Kunneke 69 69 70

209 – Pieter Kruger 72 70 67

211 – Juan Swart 68 73 70

213 – Glen de Waal NAM 70 74 69, Jaco Mouton 72 69 72, Danie Pretorius 77 64 72, Toto Thimba Jnr 65 72 76

214 – Bertine Strauss 72 71 71

215 – Carrie Park (ama) 71 73 71, Ruan Conradie (ama) 67 73 75, Kyle Barker (ama) 69 71 75

216 – Callum Mowat 75 71 70, Jason Diab 71 73 72

217 – Matthew Vogel 69 75 73, Duane Keun 71 72 74, David Lamprecht 72 68 77

219 – Jacques de Villiers 73 72 74, Keegan Steyn (ama) 71 75 73, Dylan Docherty (ama) 73 71 75, Devan Payne (ama) 72 75 72

220 – Nobuhle Dlamini SWA 74 71 75, Ryan Wingrove (ama) 75 72 73, Louis Botha 75 73 72, Joubert van Eeden (ama) 71 77 72, Waldi Potgieter (ama) 75 75 70

221 – Keanan Aysen (ama) 71 74 76, Tom Watson (ama) 74 71 76, Lourens du Plessis 72 74 75, Christiaan Pretorius 72 75 74, Divan Marais (ama) 69 74 78, CJ Levey (ama) 72 70 79, Romano Saincic 77 71 73, Reinhardt Blaauw (ama) 72 76 73

222 – Siphiwe Siphayi 73 73 76, Dwayne Coetzee 76 72 74, Chris Van Tonder (ama) 75 75 72

223 – Matthew Adams (ama) 72 73 78

224 – Jandre Fullard (ama) 74 72 78, Jacques De Villiers (ama) 76 70 78, Gareth Atkinson (ama) 70 75 79, JP Schmidt (ama) 71 76 77, Jan-Louis Nel (ama) 72 77 75, Andre Pistorius 76 74 74, Sheldon Steyn ZIM 78 72 74, Norman Beggs 75 75 74

225 – Tjaart Van Wyk (ama) 78 70 77, Nicholaus Frade (ama) 77 73 75

226 – Bryce Myburgh 75 75 76

227 – John McClean NIR 76 71 80

228 – Werner Lourens (ama) 74 75 79

229 – Stephan Erasmus (ama) 77 72 80

230 – Zillan Du Pisani (ama) 74 75 81

N/R – Andrew Carlsson (ama) 76 74 N/R

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