2nd September 2015 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Tenacious Taylor back to winning ways

ECanyon31-2SepDay3 (144)(PHOTO – BDGA Academy’s Hendrik Buhrmann and Martin du Toit with champion Louis Taylor; credit CJ du Plooy)

JOHANNESBURG, 2 September 2015 – Harrismith amateur Louis Taylor delivered a mature performance in the final round of the BDGA Academy Classic to end an 18-month title drought and seal his second IGT Tour victory at Eagle Canyon Country Club on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old Free State golfer lagged one off the pace from overnight leader Dylan Docherty at the start of the day.

When Docherty’s title bid derailed with a double at nine, Taylor took the lead and resisted any attempt from the chasing pack with nine straight pars for a 71.

The closed out a two stroke victory on four-under-par 212 over Herman Minnie and local amateur David McIntyre, while Docherty finished a further shot back in fourth place.

“This isn’t the kind of course where birdies come easy, so it was more a case of grinding and getting the job done, which I managed to do,” said Taylor.

“I had a few three-putts and missed a couple of birdie chances, but I made the crucial putts coming down the stretch, which saved the day for me.”

Taylor reversed a bogey start with a birdie at the second and joined Docherty in pole position at four under with a birdie at the sixth.

“When Dylan double bogeyed nine, I knew I had some breathing space down the back nine,” Taylor said. “My only goal was to get through those holes with no mistakes.

“You can’t hit it close at this course and you’re almost always facing a long distance putt, so it was very gratifying to get the job done. It’s not just about the win. I hit 17 greens in regulation today and almost as many in the second round. That hasn’t happened in a very long time.”

One of the country’s leading amateurs in 2014, Taylor has struggled with form this year.

The Gary Player School for Champions member believes he has turned a big corner.

“It’s been a real struggle to get the swing and all the other aspects of the game back to this level and get my mind set right at the same time,” he said.

“Winning this week has really given my self-belief a good boost and hopefully I can push on now.

“Now I need to keep my game at this level in the IGT Tour’s Race to Q-School events, so I can nail down my Sunshine Tour card at Qualifying School in December.”

McIntyre won the first BDGA Academy Classic in June and used his home course advantage to reel in four birdies and an eagle for a 68 and low round honours, while Minnie packed four bogeys, three birdies and an eagle three at 18 into his 71.

Fellow GFG Academy members Ivanna Samu and Carrie Park tied for 14th and 22nd respectively.

Samu had a lone birdie at 14 on her way to a 76 and Park mixed four birdies with five bogeys for a 73.

FINAL RESULT

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

212 – Louis Taylor (AMA) 73 68 71

214 – David McIntyre (AMA) 75 71 68, Herman Minnie 71 72 71

215 – Dylan Docherty (AMA) 69 71 75

217 – Kyle Barker (AMA) 76 72 69, Sean Olfsen (AMA) 72 71 74

218 – Devan Payne (AMA) 73 71 74

219 – Hilton Hughes (AMA) 74 75 70, CJ Levey (AMA) 71 75 73, Siphiwe Siphayi 71 75 73, Matthew Adams (AMA) 75 68 76, Danie Pretorius 72 69 78

220 – Jacques Ungerer 78 70 72

221 – Joubert van Eeden (AMA) 73 75 73, Ivanna Samu (AMA) 73 72 76, Bryce Leach (AMA) 74 69 78

222 – Cole Dodgen (AMA) 73 76 73, Matt Bright (AMA) 75 71 76, Michael Kok (AMA) 75 74 73

223 – Michael Pienaar (AMA) 71 71 81, Dylan Mostert (AMA) 75 76 72

225 – Vincent Mienie (AMA) 75 70 80, Carrie Park (AMA) 75 77 73

226 – Louwtjie J van Vuuren (AMA) 73 77 76, Tumelo Molloyi (AMA) 72 78 76, Morne Wolmarans (AMA) 77 75 74

227 – Gregory Beltramo 76 74 77

228 – Christiaan Pretorius 74 73 81

229 – Simon Kruger 76 72 81, Godfrey Mphaga 79 72 78

231 – Jason Ackerman (AMA) 73 76 82, Norman Beggs 77 73 81

232 – Dwayne Coetzee 76 72 84

235 – Tung-nan Lin (AMA) TWN 74 78 83

245 – Duan Nagel (AMA) 75 77 93

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