EKURHULENI, August 20 – Tyrone Ryan was the only player with a sub-par total at the close of the Sunshine Big Easy Tour’s Glendower tournament and he took a well-deserved win on Wednesday.

“I made three big mistakes and managed to claw my way back, which is a huge confidence booster. Knowing that I can drop a few shots and still come back to win will definitely stay with me in the future,” he said.

The 25-year-old shot consecutive rounds of 71 at Glendower Golf Club to finish on two-under-par for the tournament, trumping runner-up Henk Alberts by two shots during the final regular event of the 2014 Big Easy season.

The Tour Championship begins on the 15th of September at The Els Club, Copperleaf and Ryan secured his place at the season finale with victory on Wednesday.

“I’m headed to the Wild Coast for the next two main tour events and then on to the Big Easy Tour Championship, so it’s a really nice time to be playing well,” he said.

Glendower is famous as the host venue for the South African Open Championship and it has always presented a true test of golf. In the heart of Johannesburg winter the course is firm and that makes it play tougher than usual. The scores this week were a reflection of the test that Glendower presented, but Ryan was up to the task and was the only player to break par on both days.

It was a hard-fought victory by the Bryanston Country Club member, who had two double-bogeys on his card. He fought back like a true champion and followed an eagle at the 15th with a birdie at the 16th to clinch the title.

“I got off to a bad start on the back nine, but I knew that I had two par-fives coming up. When I parred the first of those two I knew that I would have to make an eagle and 15 was the perfect opportunity. After taking driver off the tee I hit a sand wedge to six feet and sank the putt, which really got me going. On the next I hit a great pitch to about eight feet and sank it for birdie, and that was it,” he smiled.

Alberts carded rounds of 73, 71 to take up sole second, while Grant Veenstra and Mark Fensham tied for third place on two-over-par for the week. Both Veenstra and Fensham earned spots at the Tour Championship through this week’s result.

SCORES (RSA unless otherwise specified):

142 – Tyrone Ryan 71 71
144 – Henk Alberts 73 71
146 – Grant Veenstra 75 71, Mark Fensham 72 74
147 – Ryan Ciapparelli 76 71, Callie Swart 74 73
148 – JC Ritchie 76 72, Otto van Greunen 76 72, Roberto Lupini 79 69, Chris Erasmus 75 73, Sheldon Steyn (ZIM) 81 67, Lean Boezaart 71 77
149 – Dayne Moore (ZAM) 76 73, Gideon Pienaar 77 72, Werner van Niekerk 76 73, Tyron McComb 75 74, John McClean 74 75,Jacquin Hess 73 76, Jacques de Villiers 72 77
150 – Reggie Adams 76 74, Clifford Howes 78 72, Makhetha Mazibuko 76 74, Aubrey Barnard 75 75, Eddie Taylor 74 76
151 – Greg Bentley (ZIM) 77 74, Andrew Light 79 72, Dongkwan Kim (KOR) 79 72, Beyers Smith 74 77, Kenneth Dube 72 79, Drikus van der Walt 71 80
152 – TJ Bekker 78 74, Stefan Engell Andersen (KEN) 78 74, Neil Cheetham (ENG) 73 79, Jaco Prinsloo 72 80, Gert Myburgh 71 81
153 – Terence Salo 77 76, Maritz Wessels 77 76, Mikhail Tewary 76 77, Ryan Birnie 74 79, Matthew Kent 79 74, Rudy Whitfield 79 74,Nelson Mudanyi (KEN) 80 73
154 – Tsietsi Mofokeng (LES) 74 80, Tiaan Diederiks 74 80, Tertius van den Berg 81 73, Neo Thubisi 81 73, Paul de Beer 72 82
155 – Louis Taylor (AMA) 78 77, Stuart Smith (BOT) 74 81, Wayne Stroebel 72 83
156 – Morne Buys 78 78, Khaya Jika 76 80, Brett Liddle 78 78, Jean-Claude van Dommelen 79 77, Ryan Thompson 81 75,Jonathan Waschefort 81 75
157 – MJ Viljoen 78 79, Paul Boshoff (AMA) 78 79, Ryan Clarke 79 78, Juan Langeveld 74 83
158 – Zak van Zyl 76 82, Romano Saincic 75 83, Pieter Kruger 79 79, Michael Dreyer 81 77, Ruan Huysamen (NAM) 83 75
159 – Johann Mostert 82 77
160 – Langley Perrins 81 79, Irvin Mazibuko 82 78, Mokgejane Kutumane 82 78, Cameron Esau 88 72
161 – Henry Featherstone (ENG) 80 81, Peter Wilson (ENG) 84 77
162 – Christian Mbanga (ZIM) 83 79
165 – Dylan Jacobs (AMA) 83 82
170 – Siyanda Mwandla (AMA) 82 88
181 – Marlon Swarts 94 87

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