7th November 2013 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Mowat staves off Boezaart for maiden IGT win

(Photo – Callum Mowat; credit CJ du Plooy)C Mowat

JOHANNESBURG, 6 November 2013 – Despite coming under intense pressure from Lean Boezaart, top SA amateur Callum Mowat was the coolest man at CMR Golf Club as he closed out for his first IGT Tour win in the eighth Race to Q-School event on Wednesday.

Boezaart blistered the course in a flawless nine-under-par 63, but the overnight leader held his nerve to fire an equally impressive bogey-free 66 to win by two shots on 17-under-par 199.

Since winning in the Southern Cape in August, Mowat has been enjoying a purple patch of sorts.

Not only has he collected a handful of top five finishes in the IGT Tour Race to Q-School, but the 21-year-old from Modderfontein Golf Club also won the Swaziland Amateur and was a big contributor to South Africa’s victory in the African Amateur Golf Teams Championship last month.

Mowat said the IGT Race to Q-School victory came at the most opportune time.

“Gerlou Roux and I will be leaving for Argentina this weekend,” he explained.

“We are representing South Africa in two international events. We want to do well in the Argentine Amateur Championship, obviously, but we really want to bring South Africa’s third title in the Juan Carlos Tailhade Cup.

Mowat has been campaigning on the IGT Tour to prepare for golf’s most gruelling test – Q-School. His primary focus has not been winning, but rather to gain consistency.

“Right now, I am feeling so good about my game and my confidence is in a good place,” he said. “This win has just given me more reasons to do well in South America and at Q-School.

“I shot three sub-68 rounds this week and I didn’t drop a shot in the final round, even with Lean breathing down my neck. I am really happy with that kind of performance.”

Mowat made two birdies on the front nine, while Boezaart rallied with five, and both players added four a piece on the back stretch.

“When I got the 16th tee, I looked at the leaderboard and it was very close. I knew I needed two birdies to win. I hit a great drive down the 16th fairway, a good shot into the green and knocked in the putt for birdie. Regulation par at 17 and at 18, I played it safe because the tee shot with the trees is tough. Fairway, green and two putts for birdie.

“I believe my course management is showing that I finally trust myself and it is translating into wins.”

Mowat said his two mentors – coach Robbie Stewart and sport psychologist Maretha Claasen – gave him the tools and confidence to set himself on a winning course, but doesn’t underestimate the support of his parents, Tracy-Lee and Andrew.

“It’s such a dog-eats-dog industry and you have to have a great team,” he said. “My parents are my number one fans and they sacrifice so much so I can leave my dream. It’s great to give back to them this way, so they know it will all be worth it.”

Jaco Prinsloo also put his hand up with a final round 66 to slot into third on 11-under-par 205.

Top amateur Eddie Taylor claimed a share of fifth with a 69 to finish alongside Sarel van der Walt, who returned a 73.

First round leader DK Kim closed with a 72 for a share of sixth with CJ du Plessis, Coert Groenewald and Pieter Kruger.

FINAL RESULT

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

199 – Callum Mowat (AM) 66 67 66

201 – Lean Boezaart 71 67 63

205 – Jaco Prinsloo 70 69 66

208 – Eddie Taylor (AM) 72 67 69, Sarel Van der Walt 67 68 73

209 – CJ du Plessis 68 74 67, Coert Groenewald 68 73 68, Pieter Kruger 68 71 70, Dongkwan Kim 64 73 72

210 – Otto van Greunen 72 69 69, Ryan Clarke 70 69 71, Rae Mackie 70 68 72

211 – JC Ritchie 69 70 72

212 – Kerwin Marais 66 75 71, Gideon Pienaar 71 69 72, Mike Maile 67 72 73, Herman Minnie 69 68 75

213 – James Searson 72 71 70, Cilliers Naude 70 70 73, Ted Hendriks 73 65 75

214 – Roberto Lupini 68 75 71, Leon Knoll (AM) 73 70 71, Jacques Prinsloo 68 74 72, Wayne Stroebel 77 67 70, Johan Theron 70 71 73, Rob Menzies 71 70 73

215 – Beyers Smith 74 69 72, Rynardt Combrink 71 71 73, Sam Botham 73 71 71, Jaco Mouton 71 70 74, Jerry Steyn 74 72 69, Michael Dreyer 70 70 75, Calvin Caldeira (AM) 74 73 68, Devon Murray (AM) 72 75 68

216 – Danie Pretorius 74 71 71, Rudi Armstrong (AM) 75 71 70

217 – Carlos Arroyo (AM) 73 70 74, Bryandrew Roelofsz 77 67 73, Niel Meyer (AM) 74 74 69

218 – Jacques de Villiers 72 72 74, Michael Armstrong (AM) 75 70 73, Merrick Van As (AM) 74 72 72, Gary Baynham 74 75 69

219 – Deon Bredenkamp 70 73 76, Terence Boardman 70 74 75, Eduard Van Den Berg (AM) 72 73 74

221 – Gavin Miles 72 71 78, Shaun van Tonder 75 69 77, Byron Garvie 70 76 75, Johan Buitendag 75 73 73

222 – Alwyn Vorster 71 76 75, Nic Stawski 72 76 74, Lukas Steyn (AM) 78 71 73

223 – Lourens Du Plessis (AM) 78 71 74

225 – Christiaan Pretorius 76 72 77, David Lamprecht (AM) 74 75 76, Conway Kunneke (AM) 74 75 76

226 – Matthew Adams (AM) 75 72 79, Ruan Botha 73 76 77

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