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JOHANNESBURG, 2 October 2014 – Bryn Flanagan snatched the final spot in the IGT Tour’s Race to Asian Q-School Series when he thrilled the local supporters with two stroke victory at his home club on Thursday.

The recent University of Houston graduate shared the overnight lead at three over with John McClean from Northern Ireland and local amateurs Rosswell Sinclair and Simon Kruge.

While his co-leaders fell away, Flanagan was the picture of consistency at Wanderers Golf Club.

He birdied the two par-fives on the back nine to expunge bogeys at the eighth and 12th before parring his way to an even-par 71 to triumph at three-over-par 216.

DK Kim from Korea fired a 69 to claim a share of second on 218 with Sinclair, who returned a 73 and Krugersdorp amateur Calvin Caldeira took fourth on 219 with a final round 73.

Flanagan was thrilled to seal his first victory on the country’s premier development Tour just two months since his return from the United States.

“What a home coming,” the 23-year-old Johannesburg amateur exclaimed.

“It was absolutely brilliant to win here at my home club. I went down with a stomach bug yesterday and I was a little worried about today, but it turned out even better than I expected.”

The Wanderers amateur spent the last four years in Houston and graduated with a degree in Sports Administration in July.

“The last four years were fantastic and I had a lot of highlights with the Cougars, like winning the American Athletic Conference last year and making the NCAA Championship,” he said. “But I’ve ticked the education box and now I’m looking forward to turning pro.”

Flanagan planned to play a few local amateur events and compete on the IGT Tour to prepare for the Sunshine Tour’s Qualifying School next year.

The Race to Asian Q-School Series victory has thrown up another option, though.

The IGT Tour is sponsoring eight Race to Asian Q-School winners, including Flanagan, JC Ritchie, Lean Boezaart, Hendrikus Stoop, Pieter Kruger, Tyron Mc Comb, CJ du Plessis and Werner van Niekerk to the tune of R360,000 to compete in the Asian Tour’s Qualifying School early next season.

“The IGT Tour will cover our flights, accommodation, transport and entry fees; all we have to do is show up and play,” Flanagan said.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity and I’m definitely going. It’s hot and humid in Asian, but I’m used to it after four years in Houston, so I don’t think the conditions will bother me.

“I’m really stoked to have this opportunity. Guys like Jbe’ Kruger, George Coetzee, James Kingston and Keith Horne all went the Asian Tour route and it got them on the European Tour.

“You never know, if I have a great week, I could be playing the Asian Tour next year.”

With the Race to Asian Q-School series now wrapped up, the IGT Tour is already gearing up for the nine-tournament Race to Sunshine Q-School Series, which launches at Coro Creek from 8-10 October.

FINAL RESULT

216 – Bryn Flanagan (AMA) 71 74 71

218 – DK Kim 75 74 69, Rosswell Sinclair (AMA) 78 67 73

219 – Calvin Caldeira (AMA) 75 71 73

220 – Antonio Rosado POR 76 76 68, TJ Bekker 74 74 72, Terence Boardman 74 72 74, Simon Kruger (AMA) 72 73 75

223 – Andrew McLardy 77 74 72

224 – Tyron McComb 73 74 77

225 – Shaun van Tonder 77 74 74, Bryandrew Roelofsz 74 76 75, Werner Van Niekerk 79 70 76

226 – Philip Geerts ITA (AMA) 78 73 75, Lean Boezaart 78 71 77, David Lamprecht 76 78 72

227 – Niel Meyer (AMA) 80 68 79, Russel Franz 79 77 71

228 – Christiaan Pretorius 77 75 76, Matthew Kiewitz (AMA) 75 80 73

229 – Coert Groenewald 77 74 78, Matt Westner 72 77 80, Rae Mackie 72 82 75

230 – Wayne du Toit 81 73 76

231 – Dwayne Coetzee 78 76 77, David Nortje (AMA) 82 74 75

232 – Zabastian De Jager (AMA) 78 76 78

233 – Pieter van der Linde (AMA) 76 78 79

234 – Jacques Ungerer 79 78 77

235 – Neal Herman (AMA) 77 76 82, Stephan Erasmus (AMA) 82 74 79

238 – JP Schmidt (AMA) 73 83 82

239 – David Rebelo (AMA) 83 75 81

N/R – Andi Dill (AMA) 76 75 N/R, Byron Garvie 82 71 N/R, John McClean NIR 73 72 N/R

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