Golf 25.5.2016 03:45 pm

Conradie matches Haig with IGT Tour triple

Conradie matches Haig with IGT Tour triple

Conradie fired a seven-under-par 67 to win the Wingate Challenge at six under 210.

A mere seven days after Anton Haig scored the IGT Tour’s first hat-trick this season, unheralded Gauteng North junior Estiaan Conradie matched Haig’s feat when he raced to a third victory on the country’s premier development Tour on Wednesday.

Conradie fired a seven-under-par 67 to win the Wingate Challenge at six under 210, finishing two strokes clear of first round leader Stephan Erasmus.

The 18-year-old upstart from Wingate Park not only matched Haig, but he went one better than the four-time international champion.

Haig claimed his maiden breakthrough in his sixth start at the ERPM Challenge in April and scored consecutive victories in the Houghton Challenge and Ruimsig Challenge to seal his hat-trick, but Conradie did it in just four starts.

His opening 75 at Wingate Park Country Club this week was a far cry from the first round 69 that set up a maiden win in February, or the 68 he fired at the Centurion Challenge in April that led to his second triumph.

A second round 70 lifted him to joint eighth, though, and the teenager started the final round six shots off the pace from fellow Pretoria amateur Teagan Moore.

He made a fast start with a trio of birdies, but three-putt four for a bogey at four and dropped another shot at seven after leaking his tee shot left into the trees.

“I got it back to one under after I boxed a 10-footer at the 10th and knocked in a three-footer for birdie at 13 to tie Stephan for the lead,” Conradie said. “I knew I could win it with two par fives coming up, but Stephan was playing behind me, so I knew I couldn’t afford any more mistakes.”

The Wanna Be A Champion player two-putted the par five 15th for birdie, but Erasmus responded with back-to-back gains at 14 and 15 to move two shots clear of Conradie.

“I hit my tee shot into the trees on the left at 17, but I managed to curl a chip shot around the trees and knocked it to 12 foot,” he said. “I made the putt and when Stephan dropped at 16, I had to go for the eagle at the last hole to put some pressure on him.

“I hit my drive left again but I got a hard bounce in the bunker and the ball bounced through. I hit a seven-iron into the green from 120 metres. I had a six-footer left feet and holed the eagle putt. Then I had to sit around and wait for Stephan to finish. The best I hoped for was a play-off, but he parred the last two holes for a 69 and the victory was mine.”

Last week, Conradie and older brother Ruan combined brilliantly to help Gauteng North win the annual Challenge Cup, but Conradie immediately taunted his sibling with his three IGT Tour wins as soon as the result was official.

“Ruan and I are really supportive of each other, but we are also very competitive,” Conradie said. “When one does well, it fires the other up. Last week Ruan was Gauteng North’s second most valuable player at the Challenge Cup and I had to hear all about it.

“He is ranked in the top 30 on the SAGA rankings and I’m around the 100 mark, but he is two years older so I am still catching up. We are both gunning for a maiden provincial win on the amateur circuit, but at least on the IGT Tour I have the upper-hand right now.”

Matthew Spacey mixed two birdies with a lone bogey for a 71 and a share of third with Moore, who signed for a 76.

Sunshine Ladies Tour rookie Carrie Park returned an even-par 72 to secure her fourth top five finish in six starts with a 72. Park tied for fifth with amateur Ruan Korb, who closed with a 75.

Conradie’s playing partners, brother Ruan (73) and Bonita Bredenhann from Namibia (72) tied for seventh with Duane Kean (74) and amateur Stefan Labuschagne, who fired a closing 67.

 

FINAL RESULT

All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified and amateurs are indicated as (AMA)

210 – Estiaan Conradie AMA 75 70 65

212 – Stephan Erasmus AMA 69 74 69

215 – Matthew Spacey 70 74 71, Teagan Moore AMA 70 69 76

217 – Carrie Park 77 68 72, Ruan Korb AMA 72 70 75

218 – Stefan Labuschagne AMA 77 74 67, Bonita Bredenhann (NAM) 71 75 72, Ruan Conradie AMA 76 69 73, Duane Keun 70 74 74

220 – Bryce Myburgh 72 74 74

221 – Dwayne Coetzee 72 76 73, Christiaan Jonck 75 73 73, Simon Kruger 72 71 78

222 – Hilton Hughes AMA 79 70 73, LJ Lowies AMA 79 73 70, Johary Raveloarison (MDG) 72 76 74, Alex Botha AMA 74 72 76, Matthew Vogel 74 69 79

223 – Etienne Janse van Rensburg AMA 75 72 76, Ruhan van Dijk AMA 74 71 78

224 – Michael Kok AMA 74 75 75

225 – Fanie Wolmarans AMA 76 74 75

226 – WM Coetzee AMA 76 74 76, Albert Visser AMA 75 72 79

227 – Arno Pretorius AMA 81 70 76, Clinton Cheia 78 76 73

228 – Jandre Fullard AMA 76 73 79, Joshua Seale 75 78 75

229 – Eric Nel AMA 78 70 81, Wesley Baptiste AMA 80 75 74, Phillip Montgomery 78 79 72, JP Schmidt AMA 81 77 71

230 – Warren Pretorius AMA 74 78 78

232 – Thabi Ngcobo AMA 81 74 77, Anthony Serrao AMA (POR) 75 71 86, Matt Wollmann AMA (ZIM) 77 79 76, Michelle Leigh 82 74 76

233 – Tristan Nel AMA 77 77 79

234 – Michael Schutz 78 74 82, Matt Bright 78 76 80

235 – Romano Saincic 76 79 80, Michael van Rooyen 79 77 79, Igor Milicic (SRB) 76 81 78

236 – Dean du Plessis AMA 80 77 79

237 – Duan Nagel AMA 77 80 80, Matthew Hands AMA 79 78 80

238 – Driekus Gous AMA 77 79 82

239 – Wayne du Toit 75 80 84

242 – Jordan Parsons AMA 77 81 84

243 – Liam Bezuidenhout AMA 79 79 85

WDN – Angelo Marques AMA 82 75 WDN

 

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