27th March 2014 | Big Easy IGT Golf

De Jager clinches IGT Silver Lakes

De Jager clinches IGT Silver Lakes

De Jager clinches IGT Silver Lakes

Photo – Louis de Jager; credit CJ du Plooy

PRETORIA, 26 March 2014 – Louis de Jager produced a grandstand finish at Silver Lakes Country Club to seal a runaway victory in the IGT Series Silver Lakes on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old Pretoria golfer opened up a yawning gap on the chasing pack with a low seven-under-par 65 to finish on 15-under-par 201, seven shots ahead of CJ du Plessis.

Du Plessis signed for a 67 to edge into second ahead of Juan Langeveld and Gideon Pienaar, who shared third on eight under 208 after returning respective rounds of 69 and 70.

Ted Hendriks fired a 67 to round out the top five on seven under.

De Jager took a two shot lead into the final round, courtesy of a flawless 66 on Tuesday.

He stumbled with a bogey at the opening hole, but immediately countered the blip on his scorecard with a birdie at the second.

The former Suncoast champion eagled the par-five seventh and reeled in three birdies from the eighth to extend his advantage around the turn.

Unfortunately the short stick went cold, but De Jager parred his way home and put the finishing touches on the low round of the day with his second eagle at the par-five 18th.

“Just minutes after we finished, I was handed my third eagle of the day, but at least I could take this one home and stick in my trophy cabinet,” said De Jager after taking receipt of the unique trophy.

“I’m really pleased with my game over the last three days, particularly during the second and final rounds.  I will need to do a little work with the putter, because you need to talk your A-game to Country Club Johannesburg.

“But I feel really well prepared for the Telkom PGA Championship next week.”

Meanwhile Du Plessis reeled in seven birdies and dropped two shots en route to a 67.

The Sunshine Tour pro was equally pleased with his performance this week.

“It’s always great if you can shoot a couple of rounds under par, and back-to-back 67s will put a smile on my face any day,” Du Plessis said.

The winner and runner-up are both exempt for the Telkom PGA Championship, but three successive rounds of 70 has left qualifier Robbie Lupini in a great frame of mind.

“Silver Lakes is a challenging layout and it’s given me a really good work out,” the four-time IGT Tour winner said.

“I’ll need to shoot a low round to make the qualifier for the Telkom, but I definitely feel ready for the challenge ahead, but I feel ready for the challenge.”

FINAL RESULT

201 – Louis De Jager 70 66 65

207 – CJ du Plessis 73 67 67

208 – Juan Langeveld 67 72 69, Gideon Pienaar 69 69 70

209 – Ted Hendriks 70 72 67

210 – Hyun Park KOR 67 73 70, Roberto Lupini 70 70 70

211 – Louis Calitz 70 72 69

213 – Rourke Van der Spuy 78 67 68, Neil Cheetham ENG 73 69 71

214 – Jonathan Waschefort 75 68 71

215 – Wynand Dingle 70 72 73

216 – Andrew Light 71 73 72, Maritz Wessels 77 70 69, Lean Boezaart 71 73 72, Werner Van Niekerk 77 71 68, Mike Maile 71 69 76

217 – Tertius Van Den Berg 68 78 71, Ryan Tipping 72 71 74

219 – Brandon Taylor USA 74 71 74, Cilliers Naude 72 75 72

220 – Danie Pretorius 72 76 72, Herman Minnie 76 72 72, Shaun Norris 74 67 79, Bryandrew Roelofsz 74 76 70

221 – Brett Liddle 72 75 74, Otto van Greunen 71 73 77, Allan Versfeld 78 71 72

223 – Toto Thimba Jnr 75 73 75

224 – Leon Scheepers (AMA) 74 71 79, Arthur Horne SWZ 76 73 75, Calvin Caldeira (AMA) 78 73 73, MJ Viljoen 77 74 73

225 – Ockert Strydom 79 71 75

226 – Duane Keun 72 73 81

227 – Paul De Beer 73 74 80, Fouche Botha (AMA) 72 76 79, Frans Strydom 74 75 78

228 – Ruan Huysamen 76 74 78, Romano Saincic 79 72 77

230 – Dwayne Coetzee 74 76 80

231 – David Lamprecht (AMA) 79 70 82

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