27th August 2015 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Roelofsz rallies for hat-trick at Kyalami

Kyalami24-26AugDay3 (208)(PHOTO – Drew Roelofsz and Gary Player School for Champions’ Adriaan van Pletzen; credit CJ du Plooy)

JOHANNESBURG, 26 August 2015 – On a day of drama at the Gary Player School for Champions Academy Classic, Drew Roelofsz joined an exclusive list of three-time winners this season after he rallied to seal his IGT Tour hat-trick with a slender one stroke victory on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old Edenvale professional rescued himself from a crashing start at Kyalami Country Club and wrestled his way to an even-par 72 to finish ahead of Christiaan Pretorius on six under 210.

Roelofsz broke a 16-month title drought with his first win of the season at the BDGA Academy Classic at Eagle Canyon in April and he doubled up at the Autumn Swing Classic at ERMP in May.

“Both were tough events and good wins, but this one was definitely one for the books,” he said. “I’ve learned to perform under pressure, but hell, I made it really tough on myself.”

Roelofsz began the final round with a two shot advantage at six under, but swiftly plunged out of contention with a bogey start and successive drops at four, five and six.

“It was a train-wreck of a start, but I slammed on the brakes with a birdie at seven,” he said.

“After that I only wanted to win this thing. I was really upset with myself, but I knew from experience that if I kept on stewing, it would only go from bad to worse. I forced myself to let go of the bogeys, because it’s never over till it’s over.”

Roelofsz mounted his comeback with successive birdies at 12, 13 and 14.

“I hit it to a foot at 12 and got the birdie and nearly eagled the par-five,” he said. “I boxed a three-footer for birdie at the par three. Just like that, I was back to six under.

“The next two holes were very close. My birdie attempt at 15 broke away at the hole and the birdie chance at 16 horse-shoed out.”

With two holes to play, Roelofsz was one stroke clear of Pretorius, who birdied 16 and 18 for a 68 to set the clubhouse target at five under.

Playing partner Simon Kruger also turned up the pressure with birdies at 13 and 15 and the GFG Academy player lagged just three shots behind.

“Simon birdied 17 to close the gap and the pressure was on,” Roelofsz said.

“I had a 40-footer for birdie and hit it right in the sweet spot and it raced into the hole. Simon birdied 18 to get to five under, but I hit my second in the water and finished with a bogey.

“That birdie at 17 was my saving grace; it kept me out of a three-way play-off.”

The GolfSpecialist player was pleased to join Michael Palmer and Christiaan Bezuidenhout as the season’s third hat-trick champion.

“This win shows me just how much stronger my mental game has grown and that comes purely from putting myself in contention almost every week,” he said.

Kruger signed off with a 71 to join Pretorius in second, while Jason Froneman from the Gary Player School for Champions, already a winner this season, also carded a 71 to finish in third on 214.

Sunshine Ladies Tour winner Nicole Garcia tied for sixth with amateur Werner van Wyk on 216.

Pretorius scored R500 for posting the low score of the day and collected a dozen Srixon balls as the leading Srixon player in the tournament.

“It was close, but at least I didn’t come away empty-handed,” the Benoni Lake player said. “Drew, Christiaan and Michael has set all of us a target to chase and its game on now.”

FINAL RESULT

(All players RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as AMA)

210 – Bryandrew Roelofsz 71 67 72

211 – Christiaan Pretorius 72 71 68, Simon Kruger 70 70 71

214 – Jason Froneman 73 70 71

215 – Bryn Flanagan 71 72 72

216 – Werner Van Wyk (AMA) 68 75 73, Nicole Garcia 68 74 74

218 – Joubert Van Eeden (AMA) 71 74 73

219 – Michael Ryan (AMA) 71 76 72, CJ Levey (AMA) 72 72 75, Herman Minnie 65 76 78

220 – Chris Erasmus 75 73 72

222 – Andrew Carlsson (AMA) 77 71 74

223 – Jacques Ungerer 78 72 73, Sheldon Steyn ZIM 74 73 76, Carlos Arroyo (AMA) 78 68 77

224 – Dylan Docherty (AMA) 76 74 74

225 – Michael Van Hoeck (AMA) BEL 77 74 74, Duan Nagel (AMA) 75 75 75, Ru-Juan Lessingh (AMA) 79 73 73, Jacques de Villiers 75 77 73, Vico Kuhn 70 77 78

226 – Justin Levy NLD 74 76 76, Matthew Adams (AMA) 78 74 74, Bryce McCabe 73 75 78, Michael Schutz (AMA) 66 78 82

227 – Sean Coomer (AMA) 79 71 77, Matthew Kiewitz (AMA) 73 81 73, David Lamprecht 80 75 72

228 – Hein Dreyer (AMA) 77 73 78

229 – Michael Kok (AMA) 74 75 80

230 – Ryan Wingrove (AMA) 75 76 79, Rikus Oosthuizen (AMA) 75 76 79, Bonita Bredenhann NAM 79 77 74

231 – Dwayne Coetzee 79 72 80, Michael Pienaar (AMA) 78 75 78, Chris Van Tonder (AMA) 80 76 75

232 – Lloyd Herbst (AMA) 76 78 78

233 – Matt Bright (AMA) 80 74 79, Ricardo Towell 78 78 77, Amerigo Renieri (AMA) 78 79 76, Ricky Hendler (AMA) 78 80 75

234 – Maxime Deffontaine (AMA) (BEL) 78 76 80, Niel Meyer 79 76 79

235 – Nikola Uskokovic (AMA) 80 74 81, Keaton Slatter (AMA) 75 81 79, Morne Wolmarans (AMA) 77 79 79, Tyron Mc Comb 82 76 77

237 – Tung- nan Lin (AMA) TWN 78 79 80

239 – Collin Campher (AMA) 81 77 81

241 – Angelo Marques (AMA) 80 77 84

244 – Sergio Alves (AMA) 76 82 86

N/R – Richard Crawshay-Hall 73 77 N/R

RTD – Byron Garvie 75 76 RTD

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