9th September 2015 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Liddle goes Large at EPRM Challenge

ERPM7-9SepDay3 (130)(PHOTO – Brett Liddle with ERPM Golf Club general manager Graeme Viljoen left; credit CJ du Plooy)

BOKSBURG, 9 September 2015 – The IGT Tour’s young guns love to call Brett Liddle “old man” but the seasoned Boksburg pro muzzled the teasing with a wire-to-wire victory in the ERMP Challenge on Wednesday.

The 45-year-old used his wealth of experience on a tough scoring day at ERPM Golf Club to shoot a one under 71 and cruise to a four stroke victory on seven-under-par 209.

His ninth professional win also earned Liddle the distinction as the IGT Tour’s oldest champion and it’s an accolade Large accepted with pride.

“Can you imagine the splash I am going to make on the European Senior Tour if I keep playing like this,” Liddle clowned.

“Hey, I might be old enough to be the father of half the field, but it’s been fun to show the youngsters a thing or two. I love talking to the young players, ribbing them and sharing a little wisdom, so let’s hope they learned something from the way I won.”

Liddle broke par for the first time with an eagle at the par-five 13th and the only other colour on his card was a bogey six at 17.

“There were a lot of pars on my card, but the conservative approach is the best route to take when conditions are this tough,” Liddle said.

“The wind blew a gale and with the tough course set-up, it was very tricky out there. All these young guns can smash the ball, but they need to learn to think to win. I was in the same when I started out 25 years ago, but experience teaches you a few things.

“With conditions like these, you can’t miss in the wrong spot on this course. That’s why I avoided mistakes and plodded along until I reached 13.

“It was playing downwind, so I knew I could reach in two. I hit a solid drive down the middle of the fairway, pitched a nine-iron to 15-feet and drained the putt for eagle.”

Liddle also hit a solid drive down the right fairway at 17, but the ball ended dead against a tree.

“I had to hit a back-handed shot to get it out,” he said.

“My approach pitched right next to the flag, but took a bounce and took off. I caught a terrible lie behind the green and hit a poor chip.

“These things happen, but when you are five strokes ahead, it doesn’t matter.”

Liddle was pleased with the timely win ahead of his first Sunshine Tour start since March.

“I took over the driving range and launched my own academy here at ERPM Golf Club,” he said.

“It’s been a very busy year and this week was the first time I picked up a club in two months. Some of my students also played this week and I hope this win also encourages them.

“It was good to get the rust off and build some confidence, and who knows, maybe I surprise everyone and win the Vodacom Origins at Vaal de Grace. Can you imagine that celebration?”
Herman Minnie carded 74 and collected his second consecutive runner-up finish, fellow GFG Academy player Hilton Hughes closed with 71 to finish in third on two under, while Siphiwe Siphayi’s lowest round 68 lifted him to fourth at one under.

FINAL RESULT

(All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as AMA)

209 – Brett Liddle 68 70 71

213 – Herman Minnie 72 67 74

214 – Hilton Hughes (AMA) 73 70 71

215 – Siphiwe Siphayi 71 76 68

216 – Carrie Park (AMA) 71 73 72, Louis Taylor (AMA) 71 71 74

217 – Simon Kruger 75 70 72, Andi Dill (AMA) 77 68 72, Bryce McCabe 74 70 73

218 – Michael van Hoeck (AMA) BEL 72 72 74

219 – Gareth Akers (AMA) 76 73 70

220 – Chris van Tonder (AMA) 73 72 75

221 – CJ Levey (AMA) 77 72 72, Christiaan Pretorius 74 73 74, Jacques Ungerer 74 71 76

223 – Matt Bright (AMA) 75 75 73, David Lamprecht 73 72 78

224 – Sean Olfsen (AMA) 74 74 76, Cole Dodgen (AMA) 72 76 76

225 – Michael Kok (AMA) 80 71 74

226 – Danie Pretorius 73 77 76, Derryn Mitri (AMA) 77 75 74

227 – Divan Marais (AMA) 76 74 77, Joubert van Eeden (AMA) 77 75 75, Dylan Lavagna-Slater (AMA) 73 80 74

228 – Dwayne Coetzee 74 81 73

230 – Morne Wolmarans (AMA) 75 77 78

231 – Angelo Marques (AMA) 77 77 77, Zander Potgieter (AMA) 77 78 76

232 – Louwtjie J van Vuuren (AMA) 77 74 81, Jacques de Villiers (AMA) 77 74 81

234 – Michael Schutz (AMA) 86 70 78

235 – Duan Nagel (AMA) 78 73 84

236 – JP Schmidt (AMA) 82 75 79, Rikus Oosthuizen (AMA) 78 80 78

237 – Keanan Aysen (AMA) 81 77 79, Tung-nan Lin (AMA) TWN 79 81 77

238 – Jason Ackerman (AMA) 82 73 83, Chase Paton (AMA) 82 77 79, Ryan Wingrove (AMA) 79 81 78

244 – Jonty B Shelton (AMA) 80 77 87

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