19th August 2015 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Swart sweeps to TGSE victory at RJK

RoyalJ&K17-19AugDay3 (167)(PHOTO – Juan Swart; credit CJ du Plooy)

JOHANNESBURG, 19 August 2015 – It took a lot more work than he bargained for, but Centurion’s Juan Swart gave new meaning to a comeback victory as he chased down wire-to-wire success in the IGT Tour’s TGSE Academy Classic on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old Port Elizabeth native closed with a 69 at the East Course to beat joint overnight leader Simon Kruger by two strokes on eight under 216.

“This one tastes a whole lot sweeter than the first,” said Swart after bagging back-to-back wins in his third start on the country’s premier development Tour.

Swart was all smiles after the round, but shuddered to think that his title bid unravelled almost as soon as it started.

“That was the worst start ever,” he said said. “I three-putted for bogeys at the first three holes and dropped another shot at the fifth. My head just wasn’t in it, but thankfully it all changed with the eagle on the par five.

“I was on the green for two at eight and boxed a tricky left-to-right 10-footer for three. That set me right for the back nine.”

Swart turned two over, but was back in control after a hat-trick of birdies at 10, 11 and 12 and another gain at 14.

“I hit 16 greens in regulation for the round, so you know just how much I messed up over the first five holes,” he said. “The eagle woke me up. I was focussed and committed. I hit everything close and my longest putt on the back nine was 10 foot.

“I am really pleased that I was able to put myself back into the battle and come out the victor a week after Jacques (Kruyswijk) won the CA Academy Classic at Wingate Park.

“What a nice way to pay back Centurion Country Club and our coach Kevin Phelan for all the support.”

Swart completed his BSc Sport Science degree at the University of Pretoria in June and hopes to earn a card for the 2016 Sunshine Tour at the Qualifying School in December.

“Everything I am working on is dedicated to that goal,” he said. “My game is in a good place, but my body is not.

“Since I started working with Gavin Groves at TuksSport’s HPC, the changes are staggering. I am gaining a lot more mobility and flexibility. My body is working well through the swing, but still works against me when I return.

“I am definitely improving physically, but there is still a lot of hard work to do before my next IGT Tour event in four weeks. We’ll see if it all pays off with a third title, then.”

GFG Academy’s Kruger rallied with back-to-back birdies for a 71 to finish in second on 210, three strokes clear of Randpark amateur Matthew Adams, who also closed with a 71.

Meanwhile 2015 Sanlam SA Women’s Amateur champion Carrie Park signed off with a 75 to finish ib the bus at 227 alongside fellow amateurs Morne Wolmarans and Maxime Deffontaine from Belgium.

FINAL RESULT

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

208 – Juan Swart 69 70 69

210 – Simon Kruger 72 67 71

213 – Matthew Adams (AMA) 74 68 71

215 – Joubert van Eeden (AMA) 73 71 71, Thriston Lawrence 74 69 72

218 – Matthew Vogel 73 72 73, CJ Levey (AMA) 72 70 76

220 – Derryn Mitri (AMA) 74 74 72, Niel Meyer 75 70 75

222 – Christiaan Pretorius 73 76 73, Amerigo Renieri (AMA) 74 73 75

223 – Marc van Deventer (AMA) 78 74 71, Danie Pretorius 74 77 72, Christopher de Beer (AMA) 75 72 76, Godfrey Mphaga 69 74 80

224 – Stephan Erasmus (AMA) 77 73 74

225 – Vico Kuhn 79 73 73

226 – Bryce McCabe 74 72 80

227 – Carrie Park (AMA) 76 76 75, Morne Wolmarans (AMA) 73 75 79, Maxime Deffontaine (AMA) (BEL) 78 78 71

228 – Herman Minnie 78 75 75, Jan-Louis Nel (AMA) 76 78 74, Wicus Bezuidenhout (AMA) 75 81 72

229 – Michael Kok (AMA) 74 78 77, Keaton Slatter (AMA) 74 81 74

230 – Hein Dreyer (AMA) 79 71 80, Michael Armstrong (AMA) 76 79 75, Ryan Wingrove (AMA) 79 78 73

231 – Joshua Leo (AMA) 77 77 77, Michelle Leigh 84 76 71

232 – Duan Nagel (AMA) 79 74 79

237 – Nikola Uskokovic (AMA) 81 73 83, Graham van der Merwe 75 85 77

238 – Dwayne Coetzee 83 77 78

239 – Nathan Holiday 81 78 80

242 – Ricardo Towell 76 84 82

243 – Michael Petersen (AMA) 76 83 84

248 – Cole Dodgen (AMA) 79 81 88

251 – Vincent Mienie (AMA) 79 79 93

WDN – Bonita Bredenhann (NAM) 80 74 WDN, Jacques De Villiers (AMA) 79 78 WDN

 

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