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JOHANNESBURG, 17 January 2017 – Two-time IGT Challenge Tour winner Ruan Conradie may have swapped the amateur circuit for the paid ranks over the New Year, but the switch didn’t harm his confidence one bit.
Thanks chiefly to a string of four birdies around the turn, the 21-year-old from Wingate Park registered a four-under-par 68 to move within striking distance of second-round leader Jaco Prinsloo in the Race to Q-School #12 at Randpark Golf Club on Tuesday.
For a second day running the Sunshine Tour campaigner, who captured is sixth title on the country’s premier development golf circuit in the final event of 2016, showed his class at the Bushwillow Course.
Prinsloo fired a six-under-par 66 to move to 11 under and he leads by three shots from Conradie and by six from third-placed Jonathan Waschefort.
Italian amateur Philip Geerts is sandwiched at four under between professionals Quintin Crause, Bryce McCabe, NJ Arnoldi and Heinrich Bruiners, while two-time Challenge Tour winner Jake Roos took a seat on the bus at three under alongside Paul de Beer and Italian Jacopo Vecchi Fossa.
Conradie and his brother Estiaan caused quite a stir on the country’s premier golf development circuit last year when 19-year-old Estiaan scored a hat-trick of wins and Ruan added his second with a wire-to-wire performance in the Race to Q-School #5 at Ebotse Links in November.
The older Conradie still has a score to settle, though.
“Estiaan has been lording his hat-trick over my head for months now, so I would really like to get that third victory to shut him up,” he said. “It would be great to get it done this week, because he is pretty far back, so no danger of a surprise attack.”
Both brothers decided to play the last six events in the Race to Q-School series this season as professionals to gain some experience at playing for money.
“It’s the final stretch, so we decided that the added pressure will be good for us to prepare for the Sunshine Tour Q-School in March,” Conradie said.
“I don’t think too much has changed for me. I’m taking the same approach as last year to the game, but I had to remind myself that patience is next to godliness when the putts stopped dropping on the back nine.”
Conradie followed a birdie at 14 with a bogey at 15, but rebounded with a 15-foot birdie putt at the par four 16th that set off a four birdie flurry around the turn.
“I hit a poor drive at 17, but punch out well and got a wedge close to the pin,” he said. “I sunk the five-footer for birdie and holed another 15 footer for birdie at 18 to turn three under.
“I hit my tee shot right again at the first, but punched out and got another wedge close; this time I had a six-footer for birdie. Then the well ran dry and I missed eight chances coming home. They were all close, burning the edges of the hole.
“I’m putting really well, so I know I need to stay patient, because they will start to drop. Whether I can catch Jaco remains to be seen. He is so experienced and a regular IGT Challenge Tour winner. Plus he is hitting the ball and putting incredibly well at the moment. It will take a really low round to make a dent in his lead, but I’m going to try and chase him down.”

SECOND ROUND SCORES (TOP 20)
133 - Jaco Prinsloo 67 66
136 - Ruan Conradie 68 68
139 - Jonathan Waschefort 71 68
140 - Quintin Crause 69 71, Bryce McCabe 71 69, Philip Geerts AMA (ITA) 69 71, NJ Arnoldi 72 68, Heinrich Bruiners 70 70
141 - Paul de Beer 71 70, Jacopo Vecchi Fossa (ITA) 74 67, Jake Roos 71 70
142 - Tyrone Ryan 71 71, Stephan Erasmus AMA 72 70, Andrew Carlsson AMA 75 67, Albert Venter AMA 72 70, Neal Herman 71 71, Sipho Bujela 67 75, Calvin Caldeira 70 72, Duane Keun 71 71
143 - Herman Loubser AMA 74 69, Ruhan Van Dijk AMA 73 70, Musiwalo Nethunzwi 76 67, Hayden Griffiths AMA 69 74, Makhetha Mazibuko 71 72, Dongkwan Kim (KOR) 75 68, Coert Groenewald 69 74

PHOTOS – Jaco Prinsloo and Ruan Conradie; credit CJ du Plooy

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Tyrone Ruan shot 3 under after 9 to go to 4 under for the Tournament.
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The Leaders shot both 67 to share the R500 for lowest round on Day 1.
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Bujela and Prinsloo race to Race to Q-School lead

JOHANNESBURG, 16 January 2017 – Soweto golfer Sipho Bujela tore around the Bushwillow course at Randpark Golf Club in break-neck speed to join Sunshine Tour campaigner Jaco Prinsloo at the top of the first round leaderboard in the IGT Challenge Tour’s Race to Q-School #12.
Both players boasted an eagle, five birdies and a pair of bogeys en route to setting the target at five-under-par 67.
Wingate Park’s Ruan Conradie celebrated his pro debut with a 68 to finish in third, one stroke clear of Quintin Crause, Altaaf Bux, Coert Groenewald, and amateurs Philip Geerts and Hayden Griffiths.
An eagle start set the 26-year-old Bujela on a fiery course and he quickly recovered from a bogey at the second with a birdie at the third and kept a clean card up until the final hole.
“I actually hit my tee shot right and finished under the trees, but I had a good swing,” Bujela stated. “I had 198 metres to the pin, but I had blind shot to the green, so I aimed over the rocks and flew a five-iron in. The ball landed stone dead next to the pin and I just had to tap-in for the eagle.
“Unfortunately I hit the bunker at the second and couldn’t up-and-down, but I recovered quickly with a birdie at the par-five third and picked up two more at five and seven. I played really solidly for the rest of the day and more birdie putts dropped at 14 and 17.
“The 18th sets up nicely for a fade, but I still don’t know how the tee shot went left. I had a good lie and I punched out onto the green. I had a long first putt, about 30 feet, and lagged it to five feet, but I missed the par-putt and three-putted for a bogey to close.
“Jaco set the target earlier at five under, so I was very pleased to see that I joined him in the lead. It’s the kind of start I was hoping for, and it’s great to build on from here.”
Bujela is one of 30 players from the Gary Player Class of 2017 – a development initiative announced by the Sunshine Tour in November last year – who will be competing on the country’s premier golf development circuit this season.
“The Sunshine Tour tossed me a lifeline with free entry into the IGT Challenge Tour events and I want to make the most of this chance,” said Bujela, who joined the pro ranks in 2013 on the back of an outstanding amateur career.
Bujela and good friend Musi Nethunzwi were the black amateurs to be selected on merit to represent South Africa in the Zone VI Championship and Bujela also qualified for the 2012 South African Open on the strength of his South African Golf Association ranking.
Adjusting to the pro ranks was tough, but Bujela earned close to R40,000 in his rookie season with a season-best tie for 21st in the Zambia Sugar Open.
“A back injury early in 2014 wrecked my start in the pro ranks,” he said. “I was out of the game for seven months and when I returned, I had to start from scratch. It felt like I had never swung a club before and the frustration was overwhelming.
“I really battled over the last two seasons and when I was selected to join the Gary Player Class of 2017, it was like a mountain fell off my back. It’s so incredibly expensive to play the circuit when you are not earning a cheque and you miss out at the qualifying rounds.
“To be able to play competitively all-year round on the IGT Challenge Tour and the Big Easy Tour without the financial headache is my chance to get myself back on the Sunshine Tour and I want to make the most of this opportunity.”

FIRST ROUND SCORES - TOP 20
67 - Jaco Prinsloo, Sipho Bujela
68 - Ruan Conradie
69 - Quintin Crause, Philip Geerts AMA (ITA), Altaaf Bux, Coert Groenewald, Hayden Griffiths AMA
70 - Teagan Moore, Heinrich Bruiners, Calvin Caldeira
71 - Conner Mackenzie AMA, Bryce McCabe, Makhetha Mazibuko, John Parkinson, Jake Roos, Jonathan Waschefort, Terence Boardman, Louis Albertse AMA, Neal Herman, Duane Keun,

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Revamped IGT Tour primed for 2017 lift-off JOHANNESBURG, 15 January 2017 - A new era in South African golf development unfolds on Monday when the IGT Challenge Tour launches into 2017 with a new name and boasting a flood of incentives geared to encourage the next wave of professionals to break onto the big stage. The IGT Pro Tour launched in 2010 as a tailor-made gateway for amateur and young professional men and women aspiring to join the pro ranks. European Tour champion Haydn Porteous, Sunshine Tour winners Danie van Tonder, Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Rourke van der Spuy, as well as Sunshine Ladies Tour winners Kim Williams and Nicole Garcia all cut their teeth on the country’s premier golf development circuit. “We are extremely excited as we head into our seventh season as the IGT Challenge Tour,” said commissioner Cois du Plooy. “Last year Golf RSA recognised the IGT Tour as an official feeder tour to the Sunshine Tour and Sunshine Ladies Tour and, at the end of the season, we signed a landmark agreement with the Sunshine Tour to become an official development partner. “In keeping with the international standard, we have re-branded as the IGT Challenge Tour and we believe the new incentives will further augment our position as the development circuit for the Sunshine Tour, Sunshine Ladies Tour and the Big Easy Tour.” Du Plooy said bigger purses, hole-in-one prizes and the Gary Player Class of 2017 are some of the exciting additions to the new-look IGT Challenge Tour. “We will be offering increased prize money and increased pay-outs this season,” Du Plooy said. “In addition, we will pay out R25 000 for every hole-in-one scored and we will offer six sponsored vehicles for hole-in-one prizes. “As we welcome the Gary Player Class of 2017, we are also moving to a professional approach in terms of our members. Every member will receive and be held accountable to the IGT Challenge Tour Player’s Regulations, which is in line with the PGA Tour and Sunshine Tour, and receive an official player’s badge. “These are not bells and whistles, but an important step in preparing the players for the step up to the professional circuit.” The IGT Challenge Tour hosted a Pro-Am in collaboration with Sun International at the Gary Player Country Club last year and Du Plooy said the success of the first venture will see two Pro-Ams at Sun City on the 2017 schedule. “The Pro-Am is similar to the format of the tournaments on the Sunshine Tour’s winter circuit, giving us the opportunity to teach our aspirant professionals to interact with sponsors and to realise the importance of giving back to the sponsors,” said Du Plooy. “In the last seven years we have witnessed how our players step up to the Sunshine Tour and Sunshine Ladies Tour with high confidence and the knowledge that they can compete in the pro ranks. All the new additions and incentives will further enhance our circuit and more fully prepare the next generation to debut on the big stage. “I believe this is huge for development golf for all players. Our view is that players must go through the Sunshine Tour and Sunshine Ladies Tour to become world-class players and this association reinforces that view.” The Gary Player Class of 2017 – a development initiative announced by the Sunshine Tour in November – will create more opportunities for its players to play tournament golf in 2017 on the IGT Challenge Tour. “Thirty players from the Gary Player Class of 2017 will be assisted in a series of three planned ‘boot camps’ and they will be assessed with regards to all aspects of their game,” said Sunshine Tour executive director Selwyn Nathan. “Mental coaches, swing coaches and equipment specialists will be brought in to guarantee the players have the base needed to compete at the highest level. “Furthermore, the players will compete on the IGT Challenge Tour between Sunshine Tour and Big Easy Tour events. This is a magnificent opportunity for them to get more competitive experience and we are very pleased to partner with the IGT Tour on this initiative.” Funding for the Gary Player Class of 2017 on the IGT Challenge Tour comes jointly from the corporate patrons of the Gary Player Class of 2017, which include Investec Property, Morecorp, Virgin Active, Rhode Island, PWC, MultiChoice, BMW, the Darren Clarke Foundation and ISM, and from the IGT Challenge Tour. The 2017 IGT Challenge Tour kicks off with the Race to Q-School #12 at Randpark Golf Club on Monday. The Race to Q-School series comprises of 18 events and the top five ranked players in the final Order of Merit will advance straight into the Final Stage of the Sunshine Tour Qualifying School, to be held from March 13-17 at Randpark Golf Club. The top five IGT Challenge Tour finishers in the Race to Q-School will be refunded their Q-School entry fee and receive fully sponsored golf apparel from Rhode Island. Damian Naicker from Modderfontein leads the standings on just under R60 000 with three victories in 10 starts in the Race to Q-School Chase.

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JOHANNESBURG, 15 January 2017 - A new era in South African golf development unfolds on Monday when the IGT Challenge Tour launches into 2017 with a new name and boasting a flood of incentives geared to encourage the next wave of professionals to break onto the big stage.
The IGT Pro Tour launched in 2010 as a tailor-made gateway for amateur and young professional men and women aspiring to join the pro ranks.
European Tour champion Haydn Porteous, Sunshine Tour winners Danie van Tonder, Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Rourke van der Spuy, as well as Sunshine Ladies Tour winners Kim Williams and Nicole Garcia all cut their teeth on the country’s premier golf development circuit.
“We are extremely excited as we head into our seventh season as the IGT Challenge Tour,” said commissioner Cois du Plooy.
“Last year Golf RSA recognised the IGT Tour as an official feeder tour to the Sunshine Tour and Sunshine Ladies Tour and, at the end of the season, we signed a landmark agreement with the Sunshine Tour to become an official development partner.
“In keeping with the international standard, we have re-branded as the IGT Challenge Tour and we believe the new incentives will further augment our position as the development circuit for the Sunshine Tour, Sunshine Ladies Tour and the Big Easy Tour.”
Du Plooy said bigger purses, hole-in-one prizes and the Gary Player Class of 2017 are some of the exciting additions to the new-look IGT Challenge Tour.
“We will be offering increased prize money and increased pay-outs this season,” Du Plooy said.
“In addition, we will pay out R25 000 for every hole-in-one scored and we will offer six sponsored vehicles for hole-in-one prizes.
“As we welcome the Gary Player Class of 2017, we are also moving to a professional approach in terms of our members. Every member will receive and be held accountable to the IGT Challenge Tour Player’s Regulations, which is in line with the PGA Tour and Sunshine Tour, and receive an official player’s badge.
“These are not bells and whistles, but an important step in preparing the players for the step up to the professional circuit.”
The IGT Challenge Tour hosted a Pro-Am in collaboration with Sun International at the Gary Player Country Club last year and Du Plooy said the success of the first venture will see two Pro-Ams at Sun City on the 2017 schedule.
“The Pro-Am is similar to the format of the tournaments on the Sunshine Tour’s winter circuit, giving us the opportunity to teach our aspirant professionals to interact with sponsors and to realise the importance of giving back to the sponsors,” said Du Plooy.
“In the last seven years we have witnessed how our players step up to the Sunshine Tour and Sunshine Ladies Tour with high confidence and the knowledge that they can compete in the pro ranks. All the new additions and incentives will further enhance our circuit and more fully prepare the next generation to debut on the big stage.
“I believe this is huge for development golf for all players. Our view is that players must go through the Sunshine Tour and Sunshine Ladies Tour to become world-class players and this association reinforces that view.”
The Gary Player Class of 2017 – a development initiative announced by the Sunshine Tour in November – will create more opportunities for its players to play tournament golf in 2017 on the IGT Challenge Tour.
“Thirty players from the Gary Player Class of 2017 will be assisted in a series of three planned ‘boot camps’ and they will be assessed with regards to all aspects of their game,” said Sunshine Tour executive director Selwyn Nathan.
“Mental coaches, swing coaches and equipment specialists will be brought in to guarantee the players have the base needed to compete at the highest level.
“Furthermore, the players will compete on the IGT Challenge Tour between Sunshine Tour and Big Easy Tour events. This is a magnificent opportunity for them to get more competitive experience and we are very pleased to partner with the IGT Tour on this initiative.”
Funding for the Gary Player Class of 2017 on the IGT Challenge Tour comes jointly from the corporate patrons of the Gary Player Class of 2017, which include Investec Property, Morecorp, Virgin Active, Rhode Island, PWC, MultiChoice, BMW, the Darren Clarke Foundation and ISM, and from the IGT Challenge Tour.
The 2017 IGT Challenge Tour kicks off with the Race to Q-School #12 at Randpark Golf Club on Monday.
The Race to Q-School series comprises of 18 events and the top five ranked players in the final Order of Merit will advance straight into the Final Stage of the Sunshine Tour Qualifying School, to be held from March 13-17 at Randpark Golf Club.
The top five IGT Challenge Tour finishers in the Race to Q-School will be refunded their Q-School entry fee and receive fully sponsored golf apparel from Rhode Island. Damian Naicker from Modderfontein leads the standings on just under R60 000 with three victories in 10 starts in the Race to Q-School Chase.
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Graeme Storm is the fourth Englishman to lift the BMW SA Open trophy in 106 years, following Andy Sullivan (2015), Tommy Horton (1970) and Arthur Gray, who won the event in 1904 and defended his title with a play-off victory in 1905.
Let's take a look at the final round action and Storm's fantastic play-off victory over world number two Rory McIlroy and then let's start shaping the champions of the future on the IGT Challenge Tour!!!
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A new name has been added to the prestigious SA Open trophy! Congratulations to Graeme Storm from England, who defeated Rory McIlroy at the third play-off hole for the 2017 BMW SA Open title! Storm becomes the fourth Englishman to lift the trophy after Andy Sullivan (2015), Tommy Horton (1970) and Arthur Gray, who won the event in 1904 and defended his title with a play-off victory in 1905. Let's take a last look at the action from the final round at Glendower Golf Club and celebrate one of the most thrilling finals in our flagship event's history! Images captured by Ernest Blignault on behalf of the South African Golf Association and Golf RSA.

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We are so proud of these 2 awesome people. Mike our Greens keeper has done an excellent job making sure our course is in world class condition. And Sandy our amazing GM has made sure the #BMWSAOpen goes off without a hitch. A massive well done on a great job.

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Leon Janse van VuurenJob well done you can be proud of yourself and your efforts that you put in.The course looks awesome and the rest of the world can see what a course must look like.

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