3rd June 2015 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Fabulous Froneman claims Tour Bound Classic

(PHOTO – Jason Froneman; credit CJ du Plooy)Randpark1-3JuneDay3 (134)

JOHANNESBURG, 3 June 2015 – Jason Froneman earned a reputation as a tenacious fighter in the amateur ranks and the Gary Player School of Champions player lived up to his billing as he grinded to a maiden pro victory in the IGT Tour’s Tour Bound Classic on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old Kempton Park golfer did not let the rainy and extremely cold conditions at Randpark Golf Club disrupt his title charge at the new Firethorn course and sealed a two stroke victory on six-under-par 210 with three successive rounds of 70.

First round joint leader Jacques de Villiers also closed with a 70 to edge out Michael Palmer by a stroke for second. Palmer, a three-time winner this season, signed for a 71 to take third on 213.

Froneman was visibly delighted to visit the winner’s circle, especially after an agonising play-off in his Big Easy Tour debut last month.

“I had a four shot lead after a first round 61 at my home course, but Gert Myburgh beat me in the play-off,” the IGT Tour graduate said. “It was a hard pill to swallow, but winning this one on the IGT Tour has taken the sting out of that loss.

“This Firethorn course is a very, very tough course and the set-up this week was difficult. You had to keep focussed and patient or you paid the price. It was a really great test for us.

“Some holes are very tight, while others are pretty open, but they played us off the back tips and tucked the pins in impossible spots on some holes. You just couldn’t afford to get aggressive.

“I had four bogeys in the first round, so I decided to play the course as it was designed and it paid off.”

Froneman surrendered just one stroke in the second round and an unfortunate mishap in the rain during the final round cost him two shots at the par-three eighth.

“The club slipped and I lost my tee shot right into the hazard,” he said.

“I took a drop and I up-and-downed for a double. You have to accept that these things happen. The rest of the round was pretty good. I had an early birdie at the fourth and managed to get back into red numbers with back-to-back birdies at 11 and 12.

“I hit my tee shot at 14 left, but I hooked the second into the greenside bunker and hit a great trap shot to 10 feet. I made the birdie putt to keep the momentum going.”

Froneman described the victory as having ticked a huge box.

“Firethorn is a tough scoring course, because you can’t get too aggressive,” he said.

“The longer hitters have a slight advantage off the tee, especially from the back tips, but only if you hit the ball accurately. The greens are new and rock hard, so you have to be able to stop the ball. They run very true, though, and they are pacey, which I really enjoyed.

“It’s nice to come out on the winning end of such a great test of golf. I’ve got my next Big Easy event coming up next week at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington and it’s going to be good to carry some confidence into that one.”

Froneman was also pleased to emulate former academy member Haydn Porteous.

“When Haydn was at the Gary Player School of Champions, I was still a junior and I was really inspired by his achievements on the amateur circuit,” Froneman said.

“We were very excited when he won on the IGT Tour in 2013 and he has done incredibly well since he turned pro last year. My coaches Adriaan van Pletzen and Stephan Spies at the Momentum World of Golf keep telling me I can be just as good. I guess I better start paying attention. This win has given me a lot of self-belief, especially winning at this course.”

FINAL RESULT

210 – Jason Froneman 70 70 70

212 – Jacques de Villiers 69 73 70

213 – Michael Palmer 71 71 71

214 – David McIntyre (AMA) 71 70 73

215 – David Ashley (AMA) 69 74 72

216 – Bryn Flanagan 71 76 69, Bryandrew Roelofsz 72 73 71

217 – Paul De Beer 73 73 71, Duane Keun 76 70 71

218 – Gary Daoust (AMA) 69 71 78, TJ Bekker 70 69 79

220 – Stephan Erasmus (AMA) 71 76 73, Christiaan Pretorius 70 76 74, Danie Pretorius 73 71 76

221 – Louis Taylor (AMA) 73 76 72, Tyron Mc Comb 77 71 73, Jason Diab 75 72 74

222 – Simon Kruger (AMA) 75 74 73, Romano Saincic 71 73 78

224 – Sheldon Steyn ZIM 71 77 76

225 – Stephan De Beer 73 78 74

226 – Matt Bright (AMA) 73 78 75, CJ Levey (AMA) 75 73 78, Carrie Park (AMA) 78 77 71

227 – Matt Wollman (AMA) GER 78 73 76, Matthew Adams (AMA) 78 74 75

228 – Joubert Van Eeden (AMA) 76 73 79, Keegan Steyn (AMA) 77 72 79, Nicholas Botha (AMA) 80 72 76, Sean Coomer (AMA) 74 73 81

229 – Matthew Kiewitz (AMA) 75 78 76

230 – Bartjie De Klerk (AMA) 77 75 78, Cole Dodgen (AMA) 77 77 76, Siphiwe Siphayi 76 78 76, Herman Minnie 75 79 76

231 – Norman Beggs 75 76 80, Brendan Britten NAM 76 76 79, Khaya Jika 76 77 78, Ian Ansett (AMA) 75 81 75

232 – Michael Armstrong (AMA) 74 78 80

233 – Michael Schutz (AMA) 76 78 79

234 – Graeme Limper (AMA) 75 73 86, Etzard Grimbeek (AMA) 78 76 80, Carlos Arroyo (AMA) 72 82 80

235 – Shalan Govender 72 76 87, David Lamprecht 76 76 83, Matthew Vogel 82 75 78

236 – Gary Baynham 79 78 79

237 – Cameron Nesmith (AMA) 71 80 86

238 – Juan De Bruin (AMA) 78 79 81

239 – Brad Diffenthal 78 78 83

 

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