shadow

Kempton Park’s Okkie Strydom showed class and composure as he claimed his third IGT Tour victory this season at Ruimsig Country Club on Wednesday.

Strydom came under some pressure midway through the final round at Ruimsig Country Club as top ranked amateur, Zander Lombard, made a charge towards the top.

The 29-year-old held firm, though, and carded a four-under-par 68 to claim the third event in the Race to Q-School series by three strokes on 15-under-par 201.

Lombard fired a 66 take second, finishing three strokes ahead of Jaco Prinsloo, who returned a 71.

Matthew Kent and two-time IGT Tour winner Russel Franz shared fourth on 208 after respective rounds of 69 and 72, while Western Province amateur Jason Diab took lone sixth on 209 after posting a final round 74.

The GFG Academy member led by two shots from Diab heading into the final day.

He got going with a birdie at the first, but lost the advantage when he dunked it in the water at the fourth. He took back control with a birdie at the eighth and eagle at the ninth.

“I turned three under and had a five shot lead at that stage,” Strydom recalled. “I dropped another shot at the 11th and suddenly my lead was just two shots after Zander made three birdies in a row.

“I knocked in birdie putts at the 13th and 16th and got myself in the lead again.

“It was a good finish, but it was a pity my par-putt at the 17th lipped out. Still, it’s great to finish on the podium again.”

Strydom is excited to take his game to the Nedbank Affinity Cup at Sun City on the Sunshine Tour in two weeks.

“I have to say, my wife Marizanne deserves all the credit for this one for motivating me into the winner’s circle this week,” Strydom said.

“She just kept up the positive vibes and my game did the rest. I’m striking it really well, especially my longer irons. I played well tee to green and the putter is on song, too. Winning again has given my confidence a really nice push and, for once, I am looking forward to the pre-qualifiers again.”

Lombard is looking to take his run of hot form to Spain in two weeks, where he will tee it up in the European Tour’s Second Stage Qualifier at Panoramica Golf & Sport Result in Castellon.

“It’s nice to stay competitive, and to come back nicely after the disappointing 70 in the second round,” said the TuksSport Golf Academy member, who also picked up a birdie-eagle combination before the turn and racked up four birdies on the back nine for his 66.

FINAL RESULT

201 – Ockert Strydom 68 65 68

204 – Zander Lombard (AMA) 68 70 66

207 – Jaco Prinsloo 70 66 71

208 – Matthew Kent 71 68 69, Russel Franz 70 66 72

209 – Jason Diab (AMA) 69 66 74

210 – Gideon Pienaar 69 68 73

211 – Jerry Steyn 75 70 66, Teaghan Gauche (AMA) 73 68 70, Alwyn Vorster 67 73 71

212 – Jacques de Villiers 74 70 68, Stefan Cronje (AMA) 73 71 68, Calvin Caldeira (AMA) 73 70 69, Werner Van Niekerk 70 71 71, Andrew McLardy 69 71 72

213 – Antonio Rosado POR 69 74 70

214 – Juran Dreyer (AMA) 74 68 72, Marius Meyer (AMA) 70 72 72, Gareth Akers (AMA) 68 72 74, Simon Kruger (AMA) 73 65 76, Shaun van Tonder 77 72 65

215 – Romano Saincic 74 70 71, Bryandrew Roelofsz 69 74 72, Eddie Taylor 68 77 70, Rae Mackie 71 70 74

216 – Armandt Scholtz (AMA) 70 74 72, Neil Cheetham ENG 75 71 70, Coert Groenewald 71 70 75

217 – JC Ritchie 73 71 73, Hilton Hughes (AMA) 70 72 75, Andrew Carlsson (AMA) 70 71 76

218 – Bryn Flanagan (AMA) 70 73 75, Rosswell Sinclair (AMA) 73 75 70, Divan Van Den Heever 76 73 69

219 – John McClean NIR 72 72 75, Billy Greyvenstein (AMA) 72 73 74, James Searson 77 70 72

220 – Ruan Huysamen NAM 71 73 76, Andi Dill (AMA) 68 77 75, Pieter Van der Linde (AMA) 71 74 75, Louis Taylor (AMA) 75 73 72

221 – Duane Keun 75 69 77, Matthew Adams (AMA) 73 72 76, Arno Bartholoma 69 73 79

222 – Roux Jeffery NAM 72 76 74

223 – Tiaan Swart (AMA) 76 71 76, Stephan Erasmus (AMA) 71 76 76, Conway Kunneke 74 75 74

224 – Clinton Grobler 70 74 80, James Garlinge (AMA) 74 73 77

225 – Michael Schutz (AMA) 76 72 77, Michael Armstrong (AMA) 73 77 75

226 – Nicholas Botha (AMA) 71 77 78, Mzothando Mgodeni 81 68 77, Christiaan Pretorius 77 73 76, Mark Fairbank (AMA) 77 73 76

227 – Julian de Wet (AMA) 72 77 78

228 – Stephan De Beer 75 74 79

229 – Dwayne Coetzee 80 69 80

231 – Nathan Holiday 76 74 81

WDN – Hano van der Walt 71 75 WDN

Author

Graham J Gordon, The Editor and Owner, GolfblogspotUK

The GolfblogspotUK website is owned and run by former Walker Cup player and European Tour card holder, Graham J Gordon, from Scotland, the Home of Golf. The owner is a golf fanatic who had to retire early from competitive tour play due to a back injury that required surgery. Graham wishes to share his knowledge and own experiences of the game with the GolfblogspotUK community and to receive your feedback on all aspects of the sport. Graham has been playing the game for over 20 years and received a great deal of pleasure from the sport. He has met several friends and visited many different places around the world, thanks to playing the great game of golf. Time to put a little back into the game to help others.

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>