2nd October 2013 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Virginia’s Buys rallies for IGT Ruimsig glory

(Photo – Morne Buys; credit CJ du Plooy)MorneBuys

JOHANNESBURG, 2 October 2013 – Virginia’s Morne Buys cleared a mental hurdle midway through the final round of the fourth IGT Race to Q-School event at Ruimsig Country Club to clinch his second IGT Tour title this season on Friday.

The 36-year-old journeyman carded a two under 70 to beat Pretoria’s Francois Coetzee by one shot on a winning total of eight-under-par 208.

Coetzee closed with a 70 to finish ahead of IGT Modderfontein winner, Brendan de Lange, whose 69 lifted him to third on 210. Korea’s DK Kim carded a 71 to take sole fourth on 211.

Buys vaulted into contention with a flawless second round 64, but his final round campaign nearly derailed just before the turn.

“I started well with birdies at the second and fourth, but I dropped a shot after a poor putt at the par-three seventh,” Buys explained. “Then I hit it out of bounds at the eighth. I had to reload and walked off with a double bogey and my head in a mess.”

Although he played the next three holes in par, Buys said he started doubting himself.

“I was holding back, not sure what to hit and not going for anything,” he explained. “I began watching my playing partners, to see what they were hitting. I felt completely out of sorts.

“When we walked off the 11th green, I had a really stern talk to myself and I felt in control for the first time in three holes.”

Back-to-back birdies added to his confidence and the stray bogey at the 15th was quickly erased with birdie number five at the 16th. Coming off the 17th, Buys knew he needed a birdie at the final hole to win and he confidently boxed a solid putt at the 18th hole to seal his victory.

“I birdied that hole in the first and second round, so I was pretty confident on the tee,” he said. “I knew what I needed to do and I felt completely confident. I couldn’t believe that just six holes earlier, I was in such a mess. That is the thing with this game, though; one bad shot gets into your head, and that can be your round gone.”

Buys dedicated his one stroke triumph and the unique IGT Race to Q-School trophy to Virginia natives, Bernard and Nikki Norman, the owners of IED Mining and Normans Relining Services.

“I owe Bernard and Nikki so much,” Buys said. “Ever since I came out to play in the pro ranks, they have given me financial and emotional support and it’s fantastic to show them the investment is worth it. I made a huge mental leap today; something clicked that will help me going forward in my career. I’m very proud to dedicate this win to them.”

After scorching the course in 64 strokes on Tuesday, former European Tour winner Anton Haig limped home with a 74. Six bogeys and four birdies left Haig tied for fifth on three-over-215, but the 27-year-old will be back to fight another day.

“This is all part of process and you have to take the good with the bad,” Haig said. “It’s tough to reach a level of consistency when you’re still tinkering with your swing, but the good days are starting to overtake the bad and that’s always a positive sign.”

Haig will be back in action at the fifth IGT Race to Q-School event at ERMP from 9-11 October, while Buys hopes to take his newfound confidence to the Sunshine Tour’s Vodacom Origins of Golf Tour Final at St Francis Links over the same dates.

FINAL RESULT

All competitors RSA unless otherwise indicated; amateurs = AMA

208 – Morne Buys 74 64 70

209 – Francois Coetzee 68 71 70

210 – Brendan De Lange 71 70 69

211 – Dongkwan Kim KOR 72 68 71

215 – Tyrone Ryan 78 71 66, Jacques Kruyswijk 75 72 68, Callum Mowat AMA 73 70 72, Maritz Wessels 73 69 73, Anton Haig 77 64 74

216 – Andrew Light AMA 72 73 71, Roberto Lupini 73 70 73, CJ du Plessis 69 72 75

217 – Micky Hough 77 72 68

218 – Shaun van Tonder 75 74 69, Lean Boezaart 76 71 71, Lukas Steyn AMA 76 70 72, Gideon Pienaar 70 72 76

219 – Johan de Beer 75 73 71, Morne Wolmarans AMA 74 71 74, Otto van Greunen 73 72 74, Calvin Caldeira AMA 71 72 76

220 – Niel Meyer AMA 74 75 71, Jaco Prinsloo 78 74 68, Andi Dill AMA 70 76 74

221 – James Searson 75 76 70, Jacques de Villiers 75 73 73

222 – Hano van der Walt 78 71 73, Pierre Viviers 72 77 73, Justin Levy 74 77 71, Jaco Mouton 76 79 67

223 – Michael Dreyer 81 68 74, Jerry Steyn 76 71 76, Terence Boardman 79 75 69

224 – Graeme Vrugtman AMA 75 74 75, JC van Dommelen 75 73 76, Johan Theron 78 74 72

225 – Wayne du Toit 74 74 77, Daniel Hammond 76 77 72, Nathan Waghorn 73 74 78

226 – Wayne Stroebel 77 72 77, Conway Kunneke AMA 75 73 78, Leon Knoll AMA 84 72 70

227 – Byron Garvie 75 76 76, Sean Burger 79 74 74, Gareth Akers AMA 78 76 73, Kerwin Marais 79 75 73

228 – Tyron Mc Comb 76 75 77, Jonathan Waschefort 76 78 74, JC Ritchie 74 81 73

229 – Rob Menzies 78 73 78, Kyle Lee 78 73 78, Alwyn Vorster 76 78 75, Julian de Wet AMA 81 75 73

231 – Marinus Hamman 77 79 75, Dayne Moore 80 76 75

232 – Pieter Kruger 80 74 78

233 – Zak Van Zyl AMA 79 75 79, Ruwan Combrink 80 74 79, Ryan Clarke 79 75 79

234 – Paul Van Zyl 79 77 78, Pieter Van der Linde AMA 81 75 78, Raymond Mathonsi 78 78 78

237 – Danie Pretorius 80 74 83

239 – Craig Dreyer 81 74 84

WDN – Nabeel Umerji 76 80 WDN

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