23rd October 2013 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Lupini wins back-to-back

(Photo – Robbie Lupini; credit CJ du Plooy)Wingate21-23OctDay3 (67)

JOHANNESBURG, 23 October 2013 – Despite pressure from Tyrone Ryan and joint overnight leader Coert Groenewald, Robbie Lupini was the coolest man at Wingate Park as he claimed back-to-back victories in the IGT Tour’s Race to School series on Wednesday.

Just a fortnight since his come-from-behind win at ERPM Golf Club, the Rivonia professional shut out any doubt about his ability to perform under pressure when he held on for victory on 10-under-par 206.

Lupini added a 69 to his earlier rounds of 71 and 66 to finish one shot clear of Ryan.

The first round leader had fallen from contention with a 74 in the second round, but fought back with a final round 67 to take second on 207.

Groenewald finished four shots back in third on 211 after closing with a 74.

The victory marked Lupini’s fourth success on the IGT Tour this season, and left the 31-year-old brimming with confidence.

“I won in February and again in May, but to do it successively like this means a lot,” he said.

“I’ve been chasing consistency all season and I’ve finally found it. The South African Open Championship qualifier is in a few weeks and then we head to the Sunshine Tour Qualifying School. This is exactly the time you need your game to come together.”

Lupini reeled in three birdies on the front nine to move clear of the pack. “I had a four shot lead going into the home stretch, but Tyrone was threatening to close the gap,” he said.

“I was under pressure but I didn’t force things as I would have done in the past. I think I have finally learned just to let the round happen.”

Lupine’s tee-shot at the par-three 13th found the green shot bunker and he failed to up and down for par, but he immediately overcame the glitch with a birdie at the next hole.

“That was a pretty important result right there, because that kind of situation, with Tyrone right up there, would have unnerved me in the past,” he said.

“I hit a great tee shot and found the green with my approach. I was about 35-feet from the pin, so I lagged it to two feet and boxed the putt. It felt good to get the momentum back, without forcing the issue.”

Lupini closed with three pars to wrap up his victory and as soon as he collected his special edition trophy and winner’s cheque worth R10,000, the Gauteng professional was already looking ahead.

“Wouldn’t it be something if I could go three-in-a-row at the next one,” he said.

Meanwhile JC Richie shot the low round of the day, a 66, to finish in fourth on 212, one shot ahead of Haydn Porteous (72) and Pieter Kruger (69) while South Africa’s current number one Christiaan Bezuidenhout the 21-strong amateur contingent that survived the cut with a 10th place finish on even-par 216.

The seventh IGT Race to Q-School in the 12-event series will be contested at Silver Lakes Country Club in Pretoria from 28-30 October.

FINAL RESULT

All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified; Amateurs indicated as AMA:

206 – Roberto Lupini 71 66 69

207 – Tyrone Ryan 66 74 67

211 – Coert Groenewald 68 69 74

212 – JC Ritchie 70 76 66

213 – Pieter Kruger 73 71 69, Haydn Porteous 71 70 72

214 – Gideon Pienaar 73 74 67

215 – Jaco Mouton 76 71 68, Sheldon Steyn 71 74 70

216 – Christiaan Bezuidenhout AMA 69 72 75

217 – Terence Boardman 73 74 70, James Searson 69 76 72, Cilliers Naude 69 74 74

218 – Dongkwan Kim 71 78 69

219 – Rob Menzies 73 76 70, Ted Hendriks 74 74 71, Pierre Viviers 74 74 71, Graeme Vrugtman AMA 74 72 73, Aubrey Barnard 75 71 73

220 – Hertzog Landman 68 78 74, Justin Turner 72 71 77

221 – Gareth Akers AMA 73 75 73, Werner Ferreira AMA 75 73 73, Jerry Steyn 72 74 75, Jonathan Waschefort 73 73 75, Dougie Meijer 72 73 76, Jacques de Villiers 72 72 77, JC van Dommelen 72 71 78

222 – Frans Strydom 76 73 73, Hano van der Walt 73 74 75, Paul Boshoff AMA 73 74 75, Michael Schutz AMA 75 76 71

223 – Andrew Carlsson AMA 72 77 74

224 – Sam Botham 72 77 75, Andi Dill AMA 71 76 77, Jacques Prinsloo 72 75 77

225 – Fritz Orren AMA 76 74 75, Phillip Kruse AMA 74 72 79, Wayne du Toit 75 71 79

226 – Carlos Arroyo AMA 77 72 77, Maritz Wessels 77 73 76, TJ Bekker 77 73 76, Deon Bredenkamp 75 75 76, Sarel Van der Walt 78 76 72

227 – Lean Boezaart 75 74 78, Anton Steenkamp AMA 79 75 73

228 – Bryandrew Roelofsz 74 74 80, Herman Minnie 76 74 78, Kerwin Marais 75 76 77, Fouche Botha AMA 79 72 77, Matthew Vogel 79 72 77, Rae Mackie 73 79 76, Tyron Mc Comb 76 78 74, Shaun van Tonder 75 79 74

229 – Murray Smit AMA 75 73 81, Gustav Gouws AMA 74 77 78

230 – Morne Wolmarans AMA 71 78 81, Shane Martin AMA 77 75 78, Keegan Steyn AMA 74 78 78, Romano Saincic 77 76 77, Niel Meyer AMA 82 73 75, Alwyn Vorster 76 79 75

231 – David Lamprecht AMA 78 72 81, David Forster AMA 78 77 76

232 – Lukas Steyn AMA 74 77 81, Nikki Jonker AMA 78 77 77

233 – Willie Steyn 75 75 83, Dwayne Coetzee 78 75 80, Mike Slabber 77 77 79

234 – Eugene Moolman 79 73 82

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