Cape Town’s Lean Boezaart hailed his victory at the IGT Tour’s fourth Race to Asian Q-School event as ‘career changing’ after he emerged from a titanic battle at Wingate Park Country Club as the victor on Wednesday.

Boezaart carded a confident three-under-par 69 to convert his fine recent form into a two stroke victory on six-under-par 210 over Pretoria amateur, Teaghan Gauche.

“Now the ice is properly broken and I know I can do it again,” the GFG Academy player gushed as he embraced the unique Eagle trophy.

Boezaart broke through for his maiden pro win in the Race to Q-School on the country’s premier development Tour last year. He earned a Big Easy card on the Sunshine Tour at Q-School, but struggled to find form.

Over the last four months, however, the 28-year-old Cape Town golfer racked up seven top 10 finishes and came into the event following a tie for seventh on the Big Easy Tour at Glendower.

“I’ve been in this position so many times this year, but I’ve just been unable to pull it through,” Boezaart said. “I was leading with seven holes to go at Glendower, but I buckled under the pressure again coming down the home stretch.

“This time I told myself I know the pressure will come, but I would handle it. And I did.”

Boezaart wiped out a two shot overnight deficit and joined the battle for supremacy with a birdie-birdie start. He hung in with 12 pars against a bogey over the next 13 holes while Jerry Steyn and amateurs Gauche, Zander Lombard and Tristen Strydom all took a stab at the lead.

“I knew I needed to keep my card clean, because my putts were just not dropping,” the former chartered accountant said. “It was very frustrating, because I only missed three greens, but I just kept telling myself to stay patient.”

His tolerance was finally rewarded with a birdie at the par-three 16th.

“They moved tee boxes and we had 170 meter over the water to the pin with a strong crosswind blowing left to right,” the Cape Town golfer said. “I hit a knock-down seven-iron to five feet and boxed the putt. What a relief. That’s when I knew I could do it.”

The birdie moved Boezaart within a shot of Gauche, who had taken the lead.

He made par at the 17th and gave himself a shot at victory with a superb approach at the 18th.

Gauche missed his putt for par, leaving the way clear for Boezaart to drain a five-footer for birdie and victory.

“I’ve finally crossed the line and I am really proud that I kept my head together,” Boezaart said. “This win couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve made the field for the Big Easy Championship in two weeks and this win will give me a lot of confidence.”

Gauche signed for a 68 to finish second, while Steyn claimed a share of third on 212 with the low round of the day, a 66.

Matthew Kent celebrated his long awaited return with rounds of 71, 72 and 70 to join Steyn on three under alongside SA Boys Under-19 Stroke Play champion, Tristen Strydom, who opened with a 76 but rallied with rounds of 70 and 67 for a top three finish.

Meanwhile Lombard closed with a 73 to finish on two under with amateur Hennie du Plessis, who returned a 71.

The fifth event in the R350,000 Race to Asian Q-School series follows at Modderfontein Golf Club from 1-3 September.

FINAL RESULT

210 – Lean Boezaart 70 71 69

212 – Teaghan Gauche (AMA) 73 71 68

213 – Jerry Steyn 72 75 66, Tristen Strydom (AMA) 76 70 67, Matthew Kent 71 72 70

214 – Hennie Du Plessis (AMA) 72 71 71, Zander Lombard (AMA) 73 68 73

215 – Hendrikus Stoop (AMA) 69 75 71, Rosswell Sinclair (AMA) 71 73 71

216 – Coert Groenewald 73 68 75, James Searson 70 69 77

217 – Werner Van Niekerk 70 75 72, Rae Mackie 74 71 72, Ted Hendriks 72 72 73, Andi Dill (AMA) 72 71 74

218 – Jacquin Hess 78 70 70, Russel Franz 70 72 76

220 – Bryn Flanagan (AMA) 73 73 74, Antonio Rosado POR 78 72 70, Jason Smith (AMA) 74 71 75

221 – Calvin Caldeira (AMA) 75 72 74, Hano van der Walt 76 75 70

222 – Stephan De Beer (AMA) 73 75 74, Ruan Conradie (AMA) 73 72 77, Jandre Fullard (AMA) 74 71 77, Jaco Mouton 79 74 69

223 – TJ Bekker 71 75 77, Nikki Jonker (AMA) 79 71 73, Zabastian De Jager (AMA) 71 73 79

224 – Conway Kunneke 74 74 76, Mark Fraser 73 75 76

225 – Brendan De Lange 74 78 73

226 – Pieter Van der Linde (AMA) 75 76 75, Slade Fick (AMA) 71 80 75, Dwayne Coetzee 78 74 74

227 – Tjaart Van Wyk (AMA) 76 72 79

228 – Leon Scheepers (AMA) 71 76 81, Herman Minnie 77 71 80, Divan Marais (AMA) 75 78 75

229 – Johan Smit (AMA) 81 70 78

231 – Brendan Britten NAM (AMA) 76 76 79, JC van Dommelen 70 82 79

232 – Niel Meyer (AMA) 78 75 79

233 – Duane Keun 73 80 80

234 – Albert Visser (AMA) 77 75 82

236 – JP Schmidt (AMA) 76 77 83

237 – DK Kim KOR 75 78 84, Frans Strydom 78 75 84

WDN – NJ Arnoldi (AMA) 78 71 WDN

RTD – Ryan Gosling 71 72 RTD

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