Rustenburg’s Bezuidenhout wins on the green
Rustenburg – Theunis Bezuidenhout rallied to a maiden IGT Challenge Tour title in the second Race to Q-School on Wednesday, 18 October. This 22-year old Rustenburg amateur outpaced five-time champion Estiaan Conradie with a final round six-under-par 66 to close out a two shot victory on 16 under 200 at Pecanwood Golf and Country Club.
Bezuidenhout claim close to a first win on the country’s premier golf development circuit in the Pecanwood Challenge in May and was delighted to go the distance.
“It feels great to put my hands on a trophy after knocking so many times this season,” he said. “I’ve definitely gained experience over the last four months, because Estiaan turned up the pressure on the back nine, but I handled it really well. It was such a fantastic feeling to hole that winning putt.”
Bezuidenhout posted rounds of 68 and 66 to start the last day with a two shot lead over Pieter Moolman from the Lake Club Benoni and Pretoria duo Conradie and Paul Boshoff. He birdied three, five and seven, had a lone bogey at six.
“I had a solid front nine,” said Bezuidenhout. “I hit a great shot into the third to a very tight pin and holed an eight-footer for birdie to get the round going. I solid two-putt birdie at five, but I missed the green at six and couldn’t up-and-down to save par. At seven I holed a 10-footer for birdie and I felt really comfortable at the turn. The other guys fell away, but Estiaan had two birdies to keep in touch. The back nine was kind to me. I played it four-under without bogeys and that gave me some confidence.”
Conradie closed with a 67 to finish three shots back and a 70 from Moolman earned him third on 206.
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