4th December 2013 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Edenvale’s Roelofsz takes IGT Race at Houghton

(Photo – Bryandrew Roelofsz; credit CJ du Plooy)Bryandrew Roelofosz

JOHANNESBURG, 4 December 2013 – It so often happens in golf; the man who dominates over the first 36 holes and looks a sure-fire winner, is stunned by a player who went about his business quietly and efficiently before emerging from the chasing pack on the final day to steal victory.

In the final round of the 11th Race to Q-School, that player was Bryandrew Roelofsz.

The 21-year-old Edenvale golfer produced a sublime seven-under-par 65 to claim his second career win on the IGT Pro Challenge Tour and bump overnight leader, Tyrone Mordt, from his perch after the Sunshine Tour professional dominated the first two rounds.

And, as it so often happens at Jack Nicklaus-designed championship layouts, it was a searing hot short stick that did the trick for Roelofsz at Houghton Golf Club.

Mordt certainly looked like a certain bet to win after reeling in six birdies over the first 13 holes, but bogeys at the 14th and 16th opened the door for Roelofsz, who had already stockpiled five birdies at the third, fourth, 10th, 12th and 13th. Another pair of birdies at the 16th and 17th put the seal on a flawless display and a one shot victory on 14-under-par 202.

Mordt’s 68 left him two shots clear of joint first round leader, Tyrone Ryan.

The Bedfordview professional also threatened the lead with six early birdies, but destroyed his title hopes with a trio of bogeys for a closing 69.

Roelofsz has been knocking over the last 10 weeks of the Race to Q-School series and was thrilled to pull off a victory with just one event to play.

“I had a top 20 at Modderfontein and top 10s at ERPM and Kempton Park, so it was really important for me to try and win at least one of the events,” he said.

“I’m off to the Sunshine Tour’s Qualifying School in January, and to win this close to the end of the Race to Q-School is a really good omen for me. It’s the breakthrough I’ve been working towards and it’s come at the right time.”

Roelofsz said he didn’t pay any attention to what Mordt and Ryan were up to but rather kept his attention focussed on his own game.

“I realised in the first round that course management at this track is critical,” he said.

“If you have a solid tee to green game, you give yourself a chance to score. If you veer into trouble, this course is designed to punish you.

“It’s always in the back of your head, but I consciously think about winning when I teed off. I just played the round exactly as I imagined, and it paid off.”

After posting earlier rounds of 74 and 79, two-time IGT Race to Q-School winner Robbie Lupini scorched the course in 64 strokes to pocket R500 for the lowest round of the day.

FINAL RESULT

South African unless otherwise indicated; Amateur = (AMA)

202 – Bryandrew Roelofsz 68 69 65

203 – Tyrone Mordt 66 69 68

205 – Tyrone Ryan 66 70 69

207 – Mark Williams 70 68 69, Callum Mowat (AMA) 70 67 70

208 – Pieter Kruger 74 66 68

209 – Shaun Smith 71 69 69

210 – Johan de Beer 70 70 70

212 – Gideon Pienaar 71 74 67, James Searson 71 74 67, Theodor Oosthuizen (AMA) 72 73 67, Coert Groenewald 72 70 70

213 – JC Ritchie 72 73 68

214 – Lean Boezaart 68 75 71

215 – Tyron Mc Comb 73 74 68, Sam Botham 69 75 71

216 – Ryan Clarke 72 75 69, Andi Dill (AMA) 74 72 70, Stuart Smith 71 78 67, Wayne Stroebel 71 73 72

217 – Hyun Park 76 70 71, Kerwin Marais 72 72 73, Roberto Lupini 74 79 64

218 – Carrie Park (AMA) 72 75 71, Ted Hendriks 71 74 73

219 – Morne Wolmarans (AMA) 74 74 71, Herman Minnie 72 75 72

220 – Conway Kunneke (AMA) 73 74 73, Greg Bentley 73 75 72

221 – TJ Bekker 73 76 72, Lukas Steyn (AMA) 73 72 76

222 – Justin Levy 75 72 75, Murray Smit (AMA) 73 75 74, Rae Mackie 75 71 76

223 – Stefan Engell Andersen 73 75 75, Jerry Steyn 77 72 74, Johan Theron 72 73 78, Jacques de Villiers 75 74 74, Nicholas Geerts (AMA) 79 72 72, Matt Bright (AMA) 72 79 72, Peter Wilson 79 75 69

224 – Hano van der Walt 76 73 75, Nobuhle Dlamini (AMA) 78 71 75, Dongkwan Kim 78 74 72

225 – Justin Brink 74 75 76, Niel Meyer (AMA) 76 74 75, Sarel Van der Walt 77 74 74

226 – Cilliers Naude 76 74 76, Mark Fairbank (AMA) 80 74 72

227 – Eugene van Loggerenberg 77 74 76, Pierre Viviers 73 81 73

228 – Graeme Vrugtman (AMA) 71 73 84, Graham van den Berg (AMA) 76 78 74

229 – Matthew Adams (AMA) 76 78 75

230 – Danie Pretorius 75 71 84

231 – Michael Armstrong (AMA) 75 79 77

232 – Deon Bredenkamp 75 75 82

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