4th November 2015 | Big Easy IGT Golf

O’Riley rallies to maiden IGT Tour win

Centurion2-4NovDay3 (183)O’Riley rallies to maiden IGT Tour win

(PHOTO – Dean O’Riley with Andre Louw from Pro Squad Academy; credit CJ du Plooy)

TSHWANE, 4 November 2015 – Dean O’Riley outfoxed the leaders over the last nine holes at Centurion Country Club to secure his maiden IGT Tour title in the fifth Race to Q-School, presented by Pro Squad Academy, on Wednesday.

O’Riley had to settle for second in the first event in the nine-tournament Race to Q-School series, and tied for third in the second, but the Benoni Country Club player finally got his just rewards at the popular Tshwane layout.

The 26-year-old trailed by five going into the final round, but fired a five under 67 to close out a two stroke victory over NJ Arnoldi on eight under 208.

“This victory is extra special, because I had to work very hard for it,” said O’Riley.

“The wind was really strong – at least two clubs – and the course set up was tough. The course wasn’t playing that long, but the pins were tucked and you had to plan your shots into the green.

“You couldn’t just fire at the pins. At a lot of holes, you had to play to the middle of the green and two-putt for par, so you had to take advantage of the less severe pins to score.”
O’Riley had a nice start to his round with birdies at 10 and 12 and produced a string of pars from 14 after a bogey at 13 to turn four under.

Overnight leader Drew Roelofsz was six under after nine and tied with Arnoldi, who went on a tear with five birdies in a row from 12, but dropped shots at 17 and 18.

“I think NJ played incredibly golf, because anything under par on the front nine was fantastic,” O’Riley said.

“I always struggle a little on the back nine at Centurion, but I really like the first nine holes. It suits my eye better and I knew I could try to chase them down. NJ and Drew both birdied one, but when I birdied the first two holes and the fifth, I was within a shot of them.

“Then Drew made a triple from the hazard at six and NJ bogeyed six and the race was on. The pins were tricky, but I played that nine in two under in the first round and four under in the second with a three-putt. I knew I could attack a few of the flags coming home.”

O’Riley never wavered, despite a bogey at the penultimate hole.

He guaranteed his first podium finish on the country’s premier development Tour with birdies at seven and nine, while Arnoldi finished birdie-par-bogey and Roelofsz dropped five shots at the last three holes.

“I am really, really pleased with this victory,” said O’Riley. “I have worked very hard in the last couple of months to prepare for the Race to Q-School, because I wanted to be at my absolute best for the Sunshine Tour’s Qualifying School.

“I am striking the ball really well, but my short game is back where it needs to be when I am not driving it well. I feel like the short game is back where it was when I rose to number one in the amateur rankings, and it has given me confidence and self-belief again.”

Terence Boardman closed with a 70 to finish in third on 211, while Jacques de Villiers took fourth on one under with a final round 75.

Meanwhile Sunshine Ladies Tour campaigner Melissa Eaton carded rounds of 72, 72 and 73 to finish in a tie for seventh on one over, two strokes ahead of reigning Sanlam SA Women’s Stroke Play champion Ivanna Samu, who posted three 73s.

FINAL RESULT

All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as (ama)

208 – Dean O’Riley 71 70 67

210 – NJ Arnoldi 70 71 69

211 – Terence Boardman 74 67 70

215 – Jacques de Villiers 68 72 75

216 – Phillip Kruse (ama) 71 74 71, Pieter Kruger 71 74 71

217 – Melissa Eaton 72 72 73, JC van Dommelen 73 70 74, Bryandrew Roelofsz 70 66 81

218 – CJ Levey (ama) 71 72 75, Jason Diab 72 71 75

219 – Ivanna Samu (ama) 73 73 73, Matthew Adams (ama) 69 76 74, Dylan Mostert (ama) 71 72 76

220 – Jonathan Waschefort 71 75 74, Siphiwe Siphayi 72 69 79

221 – Jeff Hopkins (ama) (IRE) 71 82 68

222 – Dwayne Coetzee 72 74 76, Reynhard Reynecke (ama) 77 74 71, Rosswell Sinclair (ama) 67 75 80, Owen Grobler 73 68 81

223 – Jannie Botha 77 73 73, Louis Taylor (ama) 76 76 71, TJ Bekker 71 71 81

224 – Amerigo Renieri (ama) 76 72 76, Jaco Mouton 78 70 76, Simon Kruger 75 73 76, Bartjie de Klerk (ama) 75 73 76, Tumelo Molloyi (ama) 74 71 79

225 – David Ashley (ENG) 74 73 78, Gideon Pienaar 79 75 71

227 – Stephan Erasmus (ama) 74 77 76, Stef Visage 79 74 74

228 – Tom Watson (ama) 71 81 76

229 – Brendan Britten (NAM) 70 82 77, Armand Azar (ama) 81 73 75

230 – David Rebelo (ama) 69 79 82, Michael Kok (ama) 73 74 83, Danie Pretorius 75 71 84, Sean Coomer (ama) 75 80 75

231 – Nicholas Botha (ama) 72 72 87, Peetie van der Merwe (ama) 79 74 78, Hilton Hughes (ama) 85 70 76

232 – Conway Kunneke 70 79 83

233 – Ruhan van Dijk (ama) 73 78 82, David McIntyre (ama) 78 76 79

234 – Gareth Akers 69 82 83

237 – Gerard du Plooy 75 79 83

238 – Gavin Miles 76 76 86

241 – David Lamprecht 77 76 88

244 – Phillip Montgomery 81 72 91

WDN – Lourens du Plessis 73 81 WDN

N/R – Bryn Flanagan 71 71 N/R

RTD – Bryce Myburgh 71 81 RTD

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