Lali Stander
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19 Oct 2016
5:02 pm

Mighty Mac scoops Race to Q-School State Mines

Lali Stander

McIntyre had the upper hand at 12 under par at the start of the final round, but squandered a two shot advantage with a double bogey at the second and bogey at the third.

David McIntyre confirmed his status as one of the country’s promising talents when he defeated Dylan Dockerty in a sudden-death play-off to capture his second IGT Tour title in the Race to Q-School #3 at State Mines Country Club on Wednesday.

“If I am brutally honest, it wasn’t a pretty final round; it was downright ugly,” said the 20-year-old amateur from Eagle Canyon Golf Estate after edging out Dockerty at the first extra hole.

“The play-off was just as messy, but I kept a cool head when it mattered the most. It was extremely windy out there and I thought I blew my chances at the start, but I kept positive. The belief that I could do it carried me to the finish line. I’m tired, but I am a very happy guy right now.”

McIntyre had the upper hand at 12 under par at the start of the final round, but squandered a two shot advantage with a double bogey at the second and bogey at the third. Further drops at five and eight followed, but a birdie at the 10th delivered the kick he needed to hang tough. With the exception of another bogey at 13, he kept his card clean until he reached the final hole.

“The conditions were tough and the slightest error led to a bogey,” said the BDGA Academy golfer.

“I really struggled on the front nine, but the birdie putt at 10 gave me back some momentum.  I could see on the leaderboard that pretty much everyone was battling, so I knew I still had a chance if I kept my head down and kept grinding.”

Earlier Dockerty signed for a 69 to set the clubhouse target at eight under 208.

“When I reached 18, I knew I needed a birdie to force a play-off, so I went for broke,” McIntyre said. “I figured I had done myself proud this week and this was the time to go for it.

“I took driver and hit probably the best tee shot of the tournament straight down the fairway. I was just short of the green and I chipped to three feet and holed the putt, but my legs felt like jelly when I stood over that final putt.”

McIntyre and Dockerty headed to the 18th tee for a return trip down the par four.

“Dylan hit an iron off the tee, but the wind got hold of it and his ball ended in the trees on the right,” McIntyre explained. “I had driver out again, but when I saw where he ended up, I switched to a four-iron. I wanted to hit a low shot and let the wind carry the ball to the middle of fairway, but it didn’t come out as planned and I also ended in the trees.

“Dylan had to punch out to the fairway, but I had a shot to the green. I hit gap-wedge and the ball caught a branch and came up short in the greenside bunker. When Dylan’s approach hit the green and rolled off the back, I figured he would have a hard time making four from his position.

“I aimed my trap-shot to the same spot I finished in regulation play and the ball finished six feet from the pin, but on the same line as in regulation play. When I saw the putt, I knew I had the win.”

The amateur’s second title on the country’s premier development Tour followed 15 months after his breakthrough victory at the BDGA Academy Classic at his home course, but hot on the heels of a runner-up finish in the IGT Tour’s Race to Q-School #2.

“This is exactly when you want to start stepping it up,” he said. “My goal for the 18 events in the Race to Q-School series was to put myself in contention as many times as possible so I could really test myself under pressure, playing in the front.

“I’m really happy with my performances in the last two weeks and all I want to do now is to carry this momentum forward over the next couple of weeks until we break for the festive season.”


Final Result

All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified and amateurs indicated as AMA

208 – David McIntyre AMA 67 65 76

208 – Dylan Docherty 69 70 69

209 – Jonathan Waschefort 69 72 68, Bryce Myburgh 69 69 71, Paul Boshoff AMA 69 65 75

210 – David Ashley (ENG) 74 68 68, Gregg Blainey (ENG) 72 70 68

211 – Jacques De Villiers 70 70 71

212 – Steven Le Roux AMA 70 73 69, Ruan Korb AMA 72 70 70, Martin Rohwer 70 71 71, Damian Naicker 75 65 72

213 – Walter Behr AMA 73 72 68, Kyle Barker 72 69 72

214 – Maritz Wessels 70 73 71, John McClean (NIR) 72 66 76

215 – Stephan Erasmus AMA 70 73 72, Divan Marais 75 67 73

216 – Dean O’Riley 73 70 73

217 – Teagan Moore 75 70 72, Coert Groenewald 70 72 75, Gary Daoust (BEL) 72 70 75

218 – Nico Du Buisson AMA 67 71 80

219 – Duane Keun 73 74 72, Stephan De Beer 76 71 72

220 – Johan Van Der Wath 72 76 72, Hendrikus Stoop AMA 75 74 71

221 – Philip Geerts AMA (ITA) 73 73 75

222 – Wesley Baptiste AMA 73 75 74

223 – NJ Van Der Walt AMA 73 73 77, TJ Bekker 78 69 76, Jason Ackerman AMA 70 77 76, Keanu Pestana AMA 72 70 81, Phillip Montgomery 73 75 75, Matthew Hands AMA 75 73 75, Matthew Spacey 75 74 74

224 – Matt Wollmann (ZIM) 79 68 77, WM Coetzee AMA 77 70 77, Gareth Anderson AMA 77 71 76, Marco De Beer AMA 73 76 75

225 – Eric Nel AMA 74 74 77

226 – JP Rousseau AMA 71 75 80, Tristan Nel AMA 71 73 82, Jonty B Shelton AMA 78 69 79, Mpho Mafishe 77 74 75

227 – Ruhan Van Dijk AMA 72 71 84, Albert Visser AMA 75 74 78

228 – Jadrick Fourie AMA 76 75 77

229 – JP Schmidt AMA 72 76 81, Brandon Lydon AMA 77 73 79

230 – Chase Paton AMA 74 77 79

232 – Jason Thalrose AMA 74 76 82, Keaton Slatter AMA 77 74 81