Golf 11.11.2015 05:08 pm

Roelofsz seals fifth IGT Tour win at Wingate Park

Roelofsz seals fifth IGT Tour win at Wingate Park

The 23-year-old reeled in four birdies and an eagle for a five under 67 to claim a one stroke victory.

Edenvale golfer Drew Roelofsz became the first player to win five times in one season on the IGT Tour since two-time Sunshine Tour champion Danie van Tonder graduated the country’s premier development Tour with 10 victories in 2011.

The 23-year-old reeled in four birdies and an eagle for a five under 67 to claim a one stroke victory on 11-under-par 205 in the Race to Q-School #6, presented by CA Academy, at Wingate Park Country Club on Wednesday.

Overnight leader Tyron Mc Comb returned a 69 and GFG Academy’s Pieter Kruger a 68 to share second with former South African motocross champion Michael Kok, who realised a season-long dream of shooting three sub-par rounds after he closed with a 67.

Roelofsz cannot reach Van Tonder’s mark with only three events left, but he has eclipsed four-time champion Michael Palmer and three-time winner and current IGT Tour Money Leader, Christiaan Bezuidenhout.

“My main goal for the Race to Q-School was to try to get myself in contention every week and to try and win a few and I’m so pleased to hit this form before the Sunshine Tour’s Qualifying School next month,” he said.

“I had a chance to win my fifth last week, but two bad shots on the back nine cost me. I’m really glad that I got the job done this week. I’ve won at two of the three courses we have left to play in the Race to Q-School, so I am really positive. I’m definitely looking for another trophy.”

Roelofsz, a winner in 2013 and 2014, took six months off at the end of last year.

He returned to competitive golf in April and notched his first win in the BDGA Academy Classic in his third start back. He boosted his silverware haul at the Autumn Swing Classic in May and Gary Player School for Champions Academy Classic in August and sealed his fourth podium finish with a two stroke victory in the RAW Golf School Race to Q-School #4 at the end of October.

“I never expected to gain back form so quickly, but once I started winning, the self-confidence and self-belief flooded back and I just wanted more,” the GolfSpecialist player said.

“Something I’ve learned playing the IGT Tour is that you have to let go of the bad shots and bad rounds quickly and get on with the job. There is no point in speculating on what could have been, because you can only influence the future.”

Roelofsz began the final round one off the pace, but holed a trap-shot for eagle at the par-five second to overtake overnight leader Mc Comb.

After both players bogeyed five, Mc Comb had a three-birdie flurry from six to edge two strokes clear at the turn.

“I always play the back nine well at Wingate, so I just bided my time,” Roelofsz said. “I got my own hat-trick of birdies at 12, 13 and 14 and nearly holed out at 16 for an ace.

“I knew going down 18 that I just needed to keep calm and take care of business. I hit my approach into the bunker, played out and two-putted for par.

“I started this week with a clean slate, got myself into contention and closed well. I’m really pleased with how the mental side of the game has come along since I began playing again in April. I used to get in my own way, but now I am able to get on with it.”

 

FINAL RESULT

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

205 – Bryandrew Roelofsz 68 70 67

206 – Michael Kok (ama) 69 70 67, Pieter Kruger 70 68 68, Tyron Mc Comb 67 70 69

209 – Dean O’Riley 71 70 68

210 – Rosswell Sinclair (ama) 71 68 71

211 – Siphiwe Siphayi 70 70 71

213 – David Ashley ENG 72 72 69, Ruan Conradie (ama) 73 71 69, NJ Arnoldi 70 70 73

214 – Terence Boardman 70 71 73, Jacques De Villiers 69 71 74, Bryn Flanagan 69 70 75

215 – Carrie Park (ama) 72 70 73, Armandt Scholtz (ama) 72 69 74

216 – Hilton Hughes (ama) 70 75 71, Stef Visage 74 70 72, Ivanna Samu (ama) 69 74 73, Bryce McCabe 76 73 67

217 – Mikhail Tewary 75 70 72, Matthew Vogel 74 72 71, Gideon Pienaar 77 72 68

218 – TJ Bekker 71 73 74, Danie Pretorius 77 70 71, Bartjie de Klerk (ama) 74 69 75, Melissa Eaton 75 73 70, Jonathan Waschefort 70 72 76

219 – Leon Vorster (ama) 71 74 74, Herman Minnie 73 73 73, Jason Diab 75 69 75, CJ Levey (ama) 78 68 73, Ryan Ciapparelli 73 70 76, Damian Naicker 75 73 71

221 – Brendan Britten NAM 73 73 75, Andrew Carlsson (ama) 73 74 74, Pieter Cooper (ama) 80 69 72

222 – Gareth Atkinson (ama) 72 73 77, Deon Bredenkamp 69 74 79, Rae Mackie 76 73 73, Matthew Adams (ama) 74 75 73, Dwayne Coetzee 75 74 73

223 – Jaco Mouton 73 73 77, Christiaan Jonck 75 70 78, Matt Bright (ama) 69 75 79, Lourens Du Plessis 74 74 75, Wayne Stroebel 75 75 73, Conway Kunneke 75 75 73

224 – Wicus Bezuidenhout (ama) 72 76 76, Michael Armstrong (ama) 76 73 75

225 – Divan Marais (ama) 72 74 79, Peetie van der Merwe (ama) 77 70 78, Tom Watson (ama) 75 76 74

226 – Joubert van Eeden 75 74 77

227 – Jason Ackerman (ama) 74 72 81, Gerard du Plooy 72 75 80, Shaun van Tonder 77 71 79

228 – Armand Azar (ama) 75 76 77

230 – Duan Nagel (ama) 75 70 85, Morne Wolmarans 77 74 79

 

 

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