16th April 2014 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Malcolm Mitchell won KZN Challenege

 

Malcolm Mitchell won KZN Challenge

Malcolm Mitchell won KZN Challenge

IGT Pro Golf Tour KZN event ended today at Royal Durban Golf Club and it went down to the last hole. Overnight leader Thanda Mavundla was right up there after 9 holes but 5 drops on the trot from the 12th – 16th took him out of the tussle that was going on. That left Ryan Birnie and Malcolm Mitchell to fight it out. Standing on the 14th tee Malcolm was 2 ahead of Ryan, and he increased his lead to 3 shots after he made an eagle 3 on the hole and Ryan made a birdie 4. After 2 pars on the par 3 15th it was of to the 16th hole. Malcolm found the dam with his tee shot which resulted in a bogey 5 and Ryan made a par 4. The difference was now only 2 shots, Malcolm made a solid par on 17 and Ryan rolled in a 12 footer for birdie. Game on, 1 shot lead for Malcolm with the par 5 18th hole to play. Ryan elected to hit his tee shot down the 10th hole and that left him with only a 9 iron to the green, which came up just short, but over the green side bunker with a difficult little chip. Malcolm after hitting it down the left hand side of the 18th hole found the rough but had a good lie. He then hit a solid wedge to 18 feet. Ryan hit his chip shot a little thin and it ended up over the green and it was still his turn, he promptly chip the next one into the hole for a birdie 4 and to tie Malcolm. Malcolm was faced with a left to right putt up the hill, 2 putts to win his first IGT event, he went one better and rolled in the eagle putt to win by 2 shots. Well played Malcolm, that ends a good run for him at Royal Durban in the last 2 weeks he Captained the Kzn under 23 side to victory in the IPT event and now his maiden win on the IGT Pro Golf Tour – Kzn. The final leader board is as follows,
– 7 Malcolm Mitchell 68 72 69
– 5 Ryan Birnie 69 71 71
Par Thanda Mavundla 70 69 77
+ 1 Kevin Rundle 74 72 71
+ 6 Mathew Main 74 75 73
+ 8 Darryn Myers 73 76 75
+10 Elvis Sithebe 80 72 74
+ 11 Skhumbuzo Mthethwa 73 77 77
+ 12 Clayton Mansfield 76 77 75
+ 15 Jason Reardon 82 76 73
+ 26 Bradley Jones 76 83 83
+ 37 Mohammed Ismail 88 83 82
+ 45 Junaid Khan 89 85 87

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