27th November 2013 | Big Easy IGT Golf

LOMBARD TAKES TWO AT IGT CENTURION

(Photo – Zander Lombard; credit CJ du Plooy)Zander Lombard

PRETORIA, 27 November 2013 – Top South African amateur Zander Lombard recovered from a late little wobble to avoid a play-off and claim a one stroke victory in the 10th IGT Race to Q-School at Centurion Country Club on Wednesday.

The country’s number two ranked amateur began the final round four strokes off the pace from overnight leader Pieter Kruger, but put himself in the title race with birdies at the two par-fives.

The 18-year-old from Woodhill erased an errant bogey at the par-four 13th with another birdie at the par-five 15th and finished with a two-under-par 70 that lifted him one clear of Kruger and Rae Mackie, who carded respective rounds of 75 and 72.

Lombard’s six-under-par 210 victory marks his second IGT Tour coup since he stormed to a five stroke triumph in the IGT Race to Q-School – Silver Lakes event three weeks ago.

And the success could not have come at a better time.

Missing the cut at the recent South African Open Championship put a little bump in Lombard’s confidence, but being able to win five days later has strengthened his resolve to work towards a professional career in the next six months.

“I wasn’t at my best at Glendower, but in retrospect, I don’t consider it a write-off because I learned some invaluable lesson from the experience,” Lombard said.

“I was disappointed at first, but now I feel quite boosted by the experience. It definitely made me more determined to succeed and it really fired me on this week.”

But the Pretoria golfer was also quick to point out that his second win was largely thanks to Kruger, who took a big hit at the par-four fourth hole.

“Pieter hit it out of bounds twice and walked off with an eight, and that really hurt his round,” Lombard said. “My heart goes out to him, because that is the nature of this game. One guy’s loss is another guy’s gain and today it was mine.”

Lombard said that playing the IGT Race to Q-School series has also given him new perspective.

“It was great to tee it up at Centurion this week, and to work my way to victory,” he said. “I managed to keep the mistakes to a minimum and I applied some great course management in the final round.

“Playing in the IGT events has also given me some perspective and I’ve decided to put the pro ranks on hold for a few months and just get some more experience against the professionals under my belt.”

IGT Race to Q-School winners Brenden de Lange (70) and Robbie Lupini (72) finished two shots adrift in a tie for fourth with Aubrey Barnard (70), while the country’s number one ranked amateur Christiaan Bezuidenhout carded a 75 to share seventh place on 213 with fellow amateur, Eric Nel.

Three-time Nedbank SA Disabled Golf Open champion Daniel Slabbert closed with an 83 to finish on 236 in his IGT Race to Q-School debut.

FINAL RESULT

All competitors RSA unless otherwise indicated; amateurs = (AMA)

210 – Zander Lombard (AMA) 71 69 70

211 – Rae Mackie 69 70 72, Pieter Kruger 66 70 75

212 – Aubrey Barnard 70 72 70, Brendan De Lange 74 68 70, Roberto Lupini 67 73 72

213 – Eric Nel (AMA) 69 74 70, Christiaan Bezuidenhout (AMA) 67 71 75

214 – Lean Boezaart 71 72 71

215 – Andi Dill (AMA) 69 74 72

216 – JC van Dommelen 72 75 69

217 – Dongkwan Kim 74 71 72, Teaghan Gauche (AMA) 67 78 72, James Searson 76 68 73, JC Ritchie 75 74 68, Jacques de Villiers 75 74 68, Eddie Taylor (AMA) 72 75 70, Graeme Vrugtman (AMA) 72 75 70

218 – Frans Strydom 72 71 75, Sarel Van der Walt 74 74 70

219 – Gideon Pienaar 73 71 75, Ted Hendriks 72 71 76, Herman Minnie 71 71 77, Otto van Greunen 77 68 74

220 – Sam Botham 71 72 77, Coert Groenewald 76 74 70, Lukas Steyn (AMA) 71 76 73

221 – Iliska Verwey 75 74 72, Conway Kunneke (AMA) 73 77 71, Theodor Oosthuizen (AMA) 69 73 79, Brendon Mossop (AMA) 76 75 70, Anton Steenkamp (AMA) 76 71 74, Matthew Adams (AMA) 75 78 68

222 – Danie Pretorius 74 71 77, Jaco Mouton 73 71 78, Dougie Meijer 74 75 73

223 – Jonathan Waschefort 76 75 72, Tyron Mc Comb 76 76 71, Jerry Steyn 66 81 76, Jaco Prinsloo 75 71 77, Pierre Viviers 76 77 70

224 – Johan Smit (AMA) 76 73 75, Jacques Prinsloo 69 82 73, Leon De Lange (AMA) 78 70 76

225 – Deon Bredenkamp 74 75 76, Wayne Stroebel 75 76 74, Wesley Baptiste (AMA) 79 73 73, Mike Maile 76 72 77

226 – Hyun Park 70 80 76

227 – Jacqui Akers (AMA) 75 77 75, Julian de Wet (AMA) 79 74 74, Bonita Bredenhann 78 76 73

228 – Wayne du Toit 78 74 76

229 – Hans Jonck 73 76 80, Clinton Cheia (AMA) 77 75 77, Niel Meyer (AMA) 78 75 76

230 – Rob Menzies 76 72 82

231 – Alwyn Vorster 73 76 82

232 – Eugene van Loggerenberg 78 73 81, Jaryd Wagner 76 76 80

235 – Christiaan Pretorius 78 76 81, Cilliers Naude 77 77 81

236 – Daniel Slabbert (AMA) 77 77 82

237 – Matt Bright (AMA) 85 69 83

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