1st July 2015 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Calitz crushes Palmer for Kyalami win

KyalamiJul1Day3 (187)(PHOTO – Louis Calitz; credit CJ du Plooy)

JOHANNESBURG, 1 July June 2015 – Free State pro Louis Calitz dashed Michael Palmer’s dream of a fourth IGT Tour win this season with four potent shots at the first extra hole of a sudden-death play-off to lift the Gary Player School for Champions Classic title on Wednesday.

The Sunshine Tour regular teed it up at Kyalami Country Club to stay competitive during the break, but once he got a whiff of the lead through 12 holes, there was no holding Calitz back.

The 29-year-old Bloemfontein native birdied the closing hole to sign for one-under-par 71 and set the clubhouse target at three under 213.

He was ready for Palmer, who mixed five bogeys with four birdies for a 73.

The pair both missed the fairway at the par-four 10th, but while Calitz drove his tee shot just slightly left, Palmer leaked his into the trees.

“I had 74 meters to the pin and hit it eight feet,” Calitz said. “Michael’s second stayed in the trees and his third shot found the right greenside bunker.”

It was game over for Palmer and with two putts to win, Calitz lagged his first to an inch and tapped in for victory.

The former Gary Player School for Champions student was thrilled to win his former academy’s first tournament on the country’s premier development Tour.

“This is a pretty special victory for me,” said Calitz, who is adjusting well to his new digs in Sunninghill, Johannesburg.

“My coach Neville Sundelson and the Gary Player School for Champions are based at the Momentum World of Golf and it was really to see some familiar faces here this week. I think it’s nice for the Gary Player School for Champions that someone associated with the academy won their first event on the IGT Tour.

“I have to thank Neville, my girlfriend Jacolene and my family for their unwavering support. There were a lot of Sunshine Tour pros competing this week. We all play the IGT Tour to stay competitive and sharp and the competition is fierce. It means a lot to me that I could pull this through.

“The IGT Tour has come on in heaps and bounds. It has become very competitive and the regulars and the amateurs really make us work out there.”

Gary Player School for Champions student Michael Schutz traded a bogey at the first for a birdie at four and held the joint lead at two under at the halfway mark with Palmer.

Unfortunately the amateur erased birdies at 12 and 13 with bogeys at 14 and 17 to close with an even-par 72, but he finished in an impressive tie for third with Sunshine Tour pro Justin Turner from the Wanne Be A Champion Academy, who returned a 69.

FINAL RESULT

213 – Louis Calitz 69 73 71

213 – Michael Palmer 72 68 73

214 – Justin Turner 68 77 69, Michael Schutz (AMA) 72 70 72

215 – Bryandrew Roelofsz 72 73 70, Rupert Kaminski (AMA) 70 71 74

216 – Lean Boezaart 70 72 74

217 – Conway Kunneke 70 77 70, Bryn Flanagan 68 77 72, Drikus Bruyns 72 71 74

219 – Matthew Kiewitz (AMA) 71 76 72, Jason Froneman 73 73 73, Christiaan Bezuidenhout 72 73 74, Tyron Roelofsz 69 70 80

220 – Stephan Erasmus (AMA) 73 72 75

221 – Matt Carvell 73 73 75, David McIntyre (AMA) 76 69 76, Carrie Park (AMA) 74 71 76, Phillip Kruse (AMA) 75 69 77

222 – Ryan Cairns ZIM 74 74 74

224 – TJ Bekker 75 74 75, Tyrone Ryan 73 77 74, Andrew Carlsson (AMA) 77 71 76, Simon Kruger 75 73 76

225 – CJ Levey (AMA) 78 72 75, Dylan O’Leary 74 73 78, Sheldon Steyn (ZIM) 74 80 71, Gareth Akers (AMA) 78 76 71

226 – Matthew Vogel 81 69 76, Christiaan Pretorius 78 72 76

227 – Gary Daoust (AMA) 73 76 78, Juan Langeveld 74 75 78, Wayne Stroebel 77 72 78, Drikus Van der Walt 76 76 75, Rikus Oosthuizen (AMA) 80 72 75, Armand Azar (AMA) 74 78 75, Johan de Beer 74 79 74, Joubert Van Eeden (AMA) 78 78 71

228 – Ryan Ciapparelli 72 73 83

229 – Matt Wollman (AMA) GER 75 76 78, Danie Pretorius 74 84 71

231 – Norman Beggs 78 70 83, Bernard Hattingh (AMA) 75 76 80, Wian Verster 85 67 79

232 – Jason Ackerman (AMA) 75 76 81, Paul Cuningham 75 79 78, Daniel Slabbert (AMA) 76 80 76

233 – Andi Dill (AMA) 74 78 81, Chris Van Tonder (AMA) 79 78 76

234 – David Rebelo (AMA) 80 75 79, Evance Vukeya (AMA) 81 77 76

235 – Michael Van Hoeck (AMA) BEL 78 79 78

236 – Michael Kok (AMA) 76 77 83, Werner Van Wyk (AMA) 74 80 82

237 – Matthew Kent 82 75 80

238 – Rhoan Gardiner 77 76 85

239 – David Lamprecht 83 74 82

240 – Ricky Hendler (AMA) 79 79 82

243 – Brendan Britten NAM 75 82 86

N/R – Ruan Huysamen NAM 73 82 N/R

 

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