24th June 2015 | Big Easy IGT Golf
Mahoney in the money at Kuilsrivier Classic
KUILSRIVIER, 24 June 2015 – Trevor Mahoney hoped his first start on the IGT Cape would be a winning one and there was no misinterpreting the broad smile on his face when he birdied the 18th at Kuilsrivier Golf Club to claim victory in the Kuilsrivier Classic on Wednesday. The Pearl Valley golfer put on a classy performance on his way to a four under 68 and a two stroke victory on 10-under-par 206 over reigning Curro SA Juniors International champion, Altin van der Merwe. “This is such a big monkey off my back,” said Mahoney as he hoisted the R12,000 winner’s cheque, sponsored by The House of Machines. “I came here this week with a very specific game plan and I executed it. I feels really great to get the job done again.” Van der Merwe from Bellville Golf Club closed with a 67 to finish second, while Sunshine Tour champions Christiaan Basson (67) and Peter Karmis (68) and Boland amateur Armandt Scholtz (70) share third on 209. Overnight leader Matthew Kent slipped to joint sixth on 210 after a 73 with Rhys West (70). Mahoney made a big name for himself on the amateur circuit before he turned pro in 2010, but lack of funds forced the SAGDB graduate to take back his amateur status two years later. “I started working at Pearl Valley Golf Estates and I competed for Boland until some people at Pearl Valley offered to finance my return to the pro circuit,” Mahoney explained.. He promptly won the Vusi Ngubeni Qualifying School in January to secure his Sunshine Tour card for the 2015 season, but after six months of missed cuts, Mahoney was running out of patience. He entered the Kuilsrivier Classic hoping to find a way to get his game back on track. “The frustrating thing is that I’m not playing poorly,” he said. “My game is solid, but I’m not scoring. It starts wearing you down when you are playing well and consistently, but constantly missing the cut. It made sense to me to play the IGT Cape while the Sunshine Tour is on a break, because I needed to break this streak. “I knew there would be pressure this week because we had a really strong field. Peter and Christiaan are very experienced and Rhys has been making waves on the Sunshine Tour. There was a bunch of other Sunshine Tour pros competing, so I knew the pressure would be on.” Mahoney set himself two goals for the week – to start with a red number and finish in double figures. “The IGT Tour guys set the courses up tough so amateurs can get used to what to expect on the Sunshine Tour,” he said. “Breaking par would tick the first box.” Mahoney opened with a 67 to grab a share of the lead with Scholtz, and posted a second round 71 to start the final round one stroke behind Matthew Kent. “I had 14 birdie chances in that second round, but I only made two,” he said. “I kept myself in the mix because I stayed patient and didn’t make mistakes. My putter warmed up in the final round and I made six birdies. I only had 23 putts. “The highlight of the round, though, was the bogey at 16. I pulled my tee shot very far left and my second hit a tree and went straight down. I was behind the tree, so I punched a four-iron to clear the tree and came up just short of the green. I chipped it to eight feet and I had to make the putt, because Altin was on nine under and chasing. “I boxed the putt and when I got to 18, I saw Altin had finished on eight under. I didn’t relax, though, because my target was double figures. I wanted to get that birdie at 18 and I did. “Setting goals is very important and ticking the boxes has really given me a boost of confidence. I know I can turn my season around, so I just need to take this win and feed off it in my next start on the Sunshine Tour.” FINAL RESULT (TOP 20) All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as (AMA): 206 Trevor Mahoney 67 71 68 208 Altin van der Merwe (AMA) 71 70 67 209 Christiaan Basson 71 71 67; Peter Karmis 74 67 68; Armandt Scholtz (AMA) 67 72 70 210 Rhys West 72 68 70; Matthew Kent 68 69 73 211 Dwayne Basson 69 72 70; Heinrich Bruiners 69 71 71; Adrian Ford 69 71 71; Jean-Paul Strydom 70 69 72 215 Drikus Bruyns 72 72 71; Keenan Davidse 71 72 72; JJ Senekal 69 73 73 218 Christian Basson (AMA) 72 71 75 219 Albert Van Zyl (AMA) 76 68 75 222 Kyle Jervis (AMA) 74 70 78; Bertie Steenkamp (AMA) 75 72 75 223 Sevey Links (AMA) 72 77 74 225 Cameron Esau 73 75 77 PHOTO – Kuilsrivier Classic champion Trevor Mahoney; credit IGT Cape.