12th February 2015 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Michael gets rust off with maiden win at IGT Summer Swing Centurion

(Photo – Michael Anthony; credit CJ du Plooy)Cent10-12FebDay3 (114)

PRETORIA, 12 February 2015 – Michael Anthony went on a birdie binge on the back-nine at Centurion Country Club and rode his faithful Scotty Cameron to flawless six-under-par 66 and a one stroke victory in the IGT Tour’s Summer Swing on Thursday.
The 29-year-old Randpark player edged out joint overnight leader Ockie Strydom by one stroke to claim his maiden professional title and bettered Strydom’s 54-hole record by a stroke with winning total of 19-under-par 197.
Strydom carded a 68 to finish alone in second, while reigning Lion of Africa Cape Town Open champion Jaco Ahlers and Sunshine Tour regular Steven Ferreira both signed for 67s to share third on 15 under 201.
Three-time Sunshine Tour champion Louis de Jager registered a 67 to claim a share of fifth on 203 alongside Michael Palmer (68), IGT Battle of the Giants winner Jacques Kruyswijk (69), Allan Versfeld (70) and recent Q-School graduate Russel Franz (70).
After nine successive pars, Michael was pretty frustrated when he reached the turn, but he kept his annoyance in check.
“Ockie knocked in four birdie putts to pull ahead and I was just falling behind,” he said. “I played the back nine in 31 strokes in round two and I knew I could challenge if I got the putter going.”
Both players birdied the par-five first, but Strydom left the door wide open with bogeys at the second and third. Michael pounced with back-to-back birdies at the third and fourth holes to draw level.
“I hit a six-iron to eight feet at the par-three and holed the putt and boxed a huge, curvy putt from 10 feet at the par four,” he explained.
Strydom parred the next three holes and birdied the par-five seventh, but Michael robbed the Kempton Park golfer of a fifth IGT Tour victory when he steamed home with three successive gains.
“My putting really helped quite a lot,” said Michael, without a hint of understatement.
Michael turned professional in 2009 and came close to the podium with runner-up finishes in the 2010 Alfred Dunhill Championship and 2012 Platinum Classic on the Sunshine Tour, but was not in the least perturbed that his maiden breakthrough came on the country’s premier development Tour.
“As far as I am concerned, a win is a win and the form couldn’t have come at a better time,” he said.
“I missed the qualifying in the Alfred Dunhill and SA Open Championships and I haven’t played any competitive golf since last season.
“The Sunshine Tour pros enjoy playing against the amateurs and the up-and-coming pros in our down weeks, because it helps us to keep us competitive. In turn, we teach the youngsters a thing or two about course management, the importance of a solid short game and shaping shots.
“We had a very strong field this week. You just have to look down the leaderboard at the names in the top 20. A little confidence never hurts and it feels great to have this kind of form to carry into the Dimension Data Pro-Am next week.”

FINAL RESULT
197 – Anthony Michael 66 65 66
199 – Ockert Strydom 64 67 68
201 – Steven Ferreira 66 68 67, Jaco Ahlers 66 68 67
203 – Louis de Jager 67 69 67, Michael Palmer 67 68 68, Jacques Kruyswijk 68 66 69, Allan Versfeld 67 66 70, Russel Franz 70 63 70
204 – Bryn Flanagan 72 65 67
205 – Divan van den Heever 66 71 68, Coert Groenewald 68 67 70, CJ du Plessis 68 64 73
207 – Eddie Taylor 73 65 69, TJ Bekker 70 66 71, Juan Swart 70 66 71
208 – Tyrone Ryan 71 70 67, Lean Boezaart 68 71 69, Dayne Moore ZAM 71 67 70, Christiaan Pretorius 68 69 71, JC Ritchie 70 67 71, Brett Liddle 69 66 73, David Ashley (AMA) 64 68 76
209 – Hennie du Plessis 66 76 67, Jacques Blaauw 70 72 67, Patrick Newcomb 68 69 72, Zander Lombard 66 69 74
210 – Jacques de Villiers 73 67 70, Phillip Kruse (AMA) 72 66 72
211 – Hilton Hughes (AMA) 69 72 70, Adrian Ford 70 70 71, Toto Thimba Jnr 79 64 68, Conway Kunneke 67 70 74, Thanda Mavundla 72 71 68
212 – Albert Venter (AMA) 75 66 71, Glen de Waal 69 72 71, CJ Levey (AMA) 71 71 70, Herman Minnie 72 66 74
213 – Otto van Greunen 73 68 72, Ryan Tipping 74 70 69
214 – Tyron Roelofsz 69 72 73, Eric Nel (AMA) 71 68 75
215 – Mike Downes ENG 72 69 74, Reynhard Reynecke (AMA) 69 73 73, Tiaan Diederiks 72 71 72, Chris Erasmus 76 69 70, Gideon Pienaar 71 75 69, Jaco Prinsloo 76 70 69
216 – Tertius van den Berg 69 71 76, Christopher van der Merwe (AMA) 72 70 74, Louis Taylor (AMA) 74 68 74, Neil Cheetham ENG 71 72 73, Louis Calitz 74 71 71, Cameron Nesmith (AMA) 71 74 71, Francois Coetzee 73 73 70
217 – Stephan Erasmus (AMA) 74 67 76, Simon Kruger (AMA) 70 70 77, Henry Featherstone ENG 74 69 74, Stephan De Beer 73 72 72
218 – Bartjie De Klerk (AMA) 71 72 75, Justin Levy NED 68 69 81
219 – Philip Geerts ITA (AMA) 70 73 76
220 – Mark Fraser 70 73 77, Edoardo Torrieri ITA 72 71 77
221 – Ruan Huysamen NAM 72 73 76, Teboho Sefatsa 77 69 75
222 – Carlos Arroyo (AMA) 73 72 77
WDN – Peter Wilson ENG 75 70 WDN

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