1st May 2015 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Roelofsz makes a statement at BDGA Academy Classic

ECanyon28-30AprDay3 (100)(PHOTO – Martin du Toit (BDGA) Bryandrew Roelofsz Hendrik Buhrmann (BDGA); credit CJ du Plooy)

JOHANNESBURG, 30 April 2015 – It’s been a tough battle back to the top for promising professional Bryandrew Roelofsz, but the 22-year-old Edenvale golfer announced his comeback in the best way possible by claiming the BDGA Academy Classic to break a 16-month IGT Tour drought on Thursday.

Roelofsz signed off with a four-under-par 68 to triumph on 15-under-par 201 and finished three strokes clear of fellow professional Conway Kunneke, who closed with a 70.

Roelofsz took six months out of the game to deal with personal issues and to get his house in order.

He made the most of his comeback this April, following a ties for fourth and 12th with the podium finish at Eagle Canyon Golf Estate.

The victory was no mean feat. High winds tortured the players for three days and added to toughen up an already tight course set-up, expertly put together by 30-year international veteran Hendrik Buhrmann from the BDGA Academy.

“The set-up this week tested us to our limits,” Roelofsz said. “It was incredibly hard to fight the wind from the back tips, especially in the final round.

“You had to use your savvy to limit mistakes and score. I really enjoyed the challenge and I’m incredibly pleased that I could come through a great test with a trophy in my hands.”

Roelofsz turned two under and offset bogeys at 10 and 17with four birdies down the home straight.

“I left an eight-iron against the wind short at the 10th and ended up three-putting,” the Golfspecialist player said, “but I drained a 20-meter putt with a two meter left to right break for birdie at 11.

“That gave me a shot of confidence and I birdied 14 and 16. I left a par-putt in the jaws at 17, but finished with a birdie. I’ll enjoy this for a few days, then it is nose to the grindstone again on Monday.”

Meanwhile Centurion Academy Classic champion Christiaan Bezuidenhout continued his great run on the country’s premier development Tour.

The Delmas golfer closed with a 69 to seal his fourth consecutive top three finish on the 10 under 206, finishing two strokes clear of first round leader Triston Lawrence, who carded a 70.

Buhrmann and BDGA Academy partner Martin du Toit were very satisfied with the results.

“Our mandate this week was to support the IGT Tour by giving the players an opportunity to learn and grow,” Buhrmann said.

“We are really pleased to add Eagle Canyon to the IGT Tour schedule, because this course is very different to the regular courses the IGT Tour visits.

“The players definitely learned a lot from the course and the set-up. They had to be strategic in their planning and execution and course management was crucial.

“The set-up over the first two days were not as brutal, but the top finishers played well on all three days and the final leaderboard is a very fair reflection. The cream rose to the top, while the less experienced professionals and amateurs were given a solid lesson in what to expect on the pro circuit. That is exactly what you hope for when you set up the course in the hopes of growing the talent and helping them reach new heights.”

FINAL RESULT:

201 – Bryandrew Roelofsz 66 67 68

204 – Conway Kunneke 68 66 70

206 – Christiaan Bezuidenhout 68 69 69

208 – Thriston Lawrence 65 73 70

209 – Duane Keun 68 72 69, Jason Froneman 69 67 73, Bryn Flanagan 70 65 74

210 – Michael Palmer 72 71 67

211 – Juan Langeveld 72 68 71

212 – Pieter Kruger 71 69 72

213 – Herman Minnie 69 73 71, Carrie Park (AMA) 69 70 74

214 – Stephan Erasmus (AMA) 69 71 74

215 – Rae Mackie 74 68 73, Jason Diab 70 70 75

216 – Sean Coomer (AMA) 73 70 73, Jaco Mouton 74 70 72, Collin Campher (AMA) 71 69 76

217 – David Ashley (AMA) 73 67 77, Bryce Leach (AMA) 66 73 78

218 – Devan Payne (AMA) 69 72 77, Paul De Beer 72 71 75

219 – Arno Bartholoma (GER) 73 70 76, Dylan Docherty (AMA) 76 67 76, Michael Ryan (AMA) 71 70 78, Mikhail Tewary 72 68 79, Tyron Mc Comb 74 71 74, Simon Kruger (AMA) 72 67 80

220 – Wianco Cronje (AMA) 73 71 76, Dylan O’Leary 74 73 73

221 – Siphiwe Siphayi (AMA) 70 70 81, Byron Garvie 70 68 83

222 – Matthew Vogel 75 68 79, Justin Levy (NLD) 72 71 79, Louwtjie J van Vuuren (AMA) 74 72 76

224 – Gareth Akers (AMA) 68 73 83, Shalan Govender 75 69 80, Danie Pretorius 73 67 84, Hanbo Lee 73 73 78

225 – Christian Olivier (AMA) 75 70 80, Duan Nagel (AMA) 76 73 76

226 – Michael Armstrong (AMA) 73 72 81, Michael Van Hoeck (AMA) (BEL) 72 76 78, Neal Hauptfleisch (AMA) 71 77 78

227 – Wayne du Toit 75 72 80

228 – Christiaan Pretorius 75 72 81, Stephan De Beer 75 73 80

230 – Michael Faasen (AMA) 69 72 89, Tiaan Swart (AMA) 73 73 84

231 – Lourens Du Plessis 72 76 83

233 – Armand Azar (AMA) 79 69 85

N/R – Michael Schutz (AMA) 79 70 N/R

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