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Van Heerden wins back-to-back titles

Danie van Tonder: Luke Walker/Sunshine Tour/Gallo Images

Danie van Tonder: Luke Walker/Sunshine Tour/Gallo Images

Steven van Heerden claimed back-to-back titles on the IGT KZN Tour when he won the Winter Swing Cotswold Downs in Hillcrest on Sunday.

The 28-year-old former pro turned baker followed his win at Kloof Country Club two weeks ago with a three stroke victory over Marc van Deventer at Cotswold Downs Country Club.

“It’s always nice to win, especially here at home,” Van Heerden said.

The former Selborne golfer, who is affectionately called “The Bakersman” by his peers, owns a baking supply company that supply bakeries in the Spar shops in Swaziland with his brother Warren.

The siblings also own a few bakeries in the neighbouring country.

“I love to come and compete on the IGT KZN Tour when I can make the time and winning two in a row is Christmas come early for me,” he said.

“I am taking delivery of an oven this week and will be heading back to Swaziland, but I hope to get the installation done so I can come back at the end of the month to try for a hat-trick at Beachwood.”

Van Heerden opened with 75 to start the final round two off the pace from Van Deventer.

“I bogeyed four and nine to turn five over,” Van Heerden said.

“Marc birdied the first and pulled three strokes clear, but he had five bogeys and we were tied for the lead going down the last nine holes.”

The former Selborne player edged ahead when he bookended a bogey at 12 with birdies at 11 and 13, while Van Deventer also dropped at the 434-meter par four.

Both players parred 14 and 15, but a bogey at 16 reduced Van Heerden’s lead to one stroke.

“We both double bogeyed 17, but I shrugged it off and went for it at the par five,” he said.

“I made the birdie and Marc made six. When you look at the scoreboard, it looks like I had a huge win, but in reality it was very tight. This one is definitely for my girlfriend Chanelle (van Zuydam), who braved the cold weather to support me and cheered me to the finish line.”

Van Heerden wasn’t too happy to shoot two 75s, but said he would take it given the conditions.

“That kind of score on the Sunshine Tour would usually send you packing, but I think the greens were much tougher to play than normal,” he said.

“They were running exceptionally fast and they were definitely quicker than last week at Kloof. They had a lot of rain in the area in the last two weeks. I played the course two weeks ago and I expected the ball to sit down after all that rain, but it didn’t.

“The greens were quick and the ball ran out easily. They are also very undulating and you have to know where to hit it. I missed a few times and it cost me. It didn’t help that Mellville (Muir – commissioner) tucked the pins in some very tricky spots, either. It was a great test, though.”






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