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Arnoldi goes wire-to-wire at Centurion

TSHWANE, 30 November 2016 - A healthy dose of patience and a hot putter helped NJ Arnoldi to seal a wire-to-wire victory on the IGT Tour with a commanding performance on the back nine at Centurion Country Club on Wednesday.
Smarting after a play-off loss in last week’s Race to Q-School #8, the Silver Lakes pro fired rounds of 63, 66 and 70 to capture the ninth tournament in the 18-event series for his first win on the country’s premier golf development circuit this season.
“This feels so great,” said the Tshwane golfer, who triumphed by three shots on a 17 under par total. “It’s been a long while since the last one. I definitely had a few scary moments at the start, but the putter was hot from start to finish and I knew if I could keep my nose in front, I could pull it through.”
Arnoldi had a lone bogey in his first two rounds, but swing trouble over the first seven holes in the final round saw him rack up four bogeys that ate away at his four shot lead. But he held his frustration in check and his patience won the day.
“The first seven holes were hugely frustrating, because I was striking the ball as well as the first two days, but I kept hitting it left or right,” he said.
“I knew if I could figure out what was wrong, I could turn it around, so I just kept grinding. Thanks to birdies at 10 and 13, I stayed in the mix. Then I birdied 17 and I realised that my swing sequence was out.
“I hit a good tee shot down the 18th and made par to turn one over and some more solid drives at the first four holes on the back nine gave me some momentum. I knew the problem was sorted.”
Arnoldi cruised through a flawless back nine and picked up three birdies along the way at the fifth, seventh and ninth.
“Even with a four shot overnight lead, I expected to have a big job on my hands, because the course yielded a lot of low scores in the first two rounds,” he said.
“But they saved the toughest pins for the last round and they really stretched the course. No no-one was making a strong run and that gave me the chance to figure out the swing problem. I swear I could hear my coach in my head, saying ‘patience, NJ, patience’.
“Luckily the putter was hot from start to finish and even when I was in the wrong areas, I could cosy it up to two or three feet. I'm most happy about the fact that I didn’t drop a shot down the back nine.”
The start to finish victory has given Arnoldi a welcome boost of confidence ahead of his trip to the First Stage of Asian Tour’s Qualifying School early in the New Year.
“It feels incredibly good to show my sponsors that their support and faith in me is justified,” he said. “I am so grateful to the SA Hall of Fame, Titleist and Rudy Project for their backing and just really happy to show them that I’m worth the investment. And I owe a huge debt of gratitude to coach John and my work-out guru Garth Milne; you guys are the best.”
Benoni’s Dean O’Riley closed with a 69 to seal a runner-up finish at 202, while Wingate Park golfer Fanie Wolmarans carded a 72 to edge out Matthew Spacey and fellow amateur Ruan Korb by one shot for sole third at 205.

FINAL RESULT - TOP 20
199 - NJ Arnoldi 63 66 70
202 - Dean O'Riley 68 65 69
205 - Fanie Wolmarans AMA 68 65 72
206 - Matthew Spacey 70 68 68, Ruan Korb AMA 68 69 69
207 - Jacques de Villiers 69 68 70
208 - Conway Kunneke 68 70 70
209 - Martin Rohwer 70 69 70, Coert Groenewald 65 72 72, Malcolm Mitchell AMA 70 65 74
210 - Gary Daoust (BEL) 71 69 70, Luke Trocado 70 70 70, Peetie van der Merwe AMA 70 68 72, Matt Saulez AMA 71 67 72, Andrew van der Knaap AMA 71 67 72
211 - John McClean (NIR) 70 72 69, Altaaf Bux 69 71 71, Pieter Moolman 70 69 72, David Ashley (ENG) 70 68 73, Clayton Mansfield AMA 67 68 76

PHOTO – NJ Arnoldi; credit CJ du Plooy

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Final Day Photos of IGT Challenge Tour Centur

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Erina VisserBaie baie geluk NJ!!!

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Lorraine ScholtzWell done NJ

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Danie VisserBaie geluk NJ jy kook!!

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Arnoldi holds pole at Race to Q-School #9

TSHWANE, 29 November 2016 – NJ Arnoldi’s fine form at Centurion Country Club continued as the Silver Lakes golfer stretched his overnight lead to four shots in round two of the Race to Q-School #9.
After setting the first round target with a flawless nine-under-par 63, Arnoldi fired a 66 on Tuesday to set the 36-hole target at 15-under-par 129.
Dean O’Riley made a strong case for a third title this season with a superb 65 that included a trio of birdies on the front nine, a single drop at 10 and four successive birdies from the 11th.
Wingate Park amateur Fanie Wolmarans offset a double bogey at six with nine birdies to match O’Riley’s 65 for a share of second at 11 under.
Clayton Mansfield and Malcolm Mitchell posted respective rounds of 68 and 65 and the KwaZulu-Natal amateur pair will start Wednesday’s final round six off the pace.
Arnoldi picked up four birdies on his outward loop and surrendered a lone shot at the par four sixth among three more gains coming home.
Although he didn’t replicate the fireworks of his opening gambit, but the 24-year-old Tshwane native was nevertheless pleased to protect his lead and open up a gap on the field.
“Unfortunately I left the ball short with my approach at sixth and I didn’t execute a pretty easy up-and-down to save par,” he said. “I hit the chip shot too firmly and the ball shot past the pin and I missed the return putt for par.
“Aside from that one glitch on my card, I was flawless through the first nine holes, but I must admit that I lost a bit of focus on the back nine. It was incredibly hot and I hit a couple of lose shots. I did well to save par on all but one hole. Like I said, I let an easy one go at six.
“I’m still in a good position, though, and I’m going to try to convert this lead into a victory. It’s not a gimme, though. The standard in the Race to Q-School series is really high this year; it’s definitely higher than I remember from last year.
“We love Centurion because it always serves up some birdies, but I don’t remember a time at this course in the last three years where 37 players were in red figures after two rounds. This year’s Race to Q-School is seriously competitive, so I’m looking forward to a nice tussle in the final round.”

SECOND ROUND SCORES - TOP 20
129 - N.j. Arnoldi 63 66
133 - Dean O'Riley 68 65, Fanie Wolmarans AMA 68 65
135 - Malcolm Mitchell AMA 70 65, Clayton Mansfield AMA 67 68
137 - Ruan Korb AMA 68 69, Coert Groenewald 65 72, Gregg Blainey (ENG) 68 69, Jacques de Villiers 69 68
138 - Damian Naicker 68 70, Andrew van der Knaap AMA 71 67, Conway Kunneke 68 70, Matthew Spacey 70 68, Matt Saulez AMA 71 67, Peetie Vd Merwe AMA 70 68, David Ashley (ENG) 70 68
139 - Pieter Moolman 70 69, Martin Rohwer 70 69, Stephen du Plessis AMA 69 70, Gareth Anderson AMA 71 68, Marc de Jager AMA 69 70, Michael Kok AMA 69 70

PHOTO – N.j. Arnoldi; credit CJ du Plooy.

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The IGT Tour provides significant financial opportunities and incentives, and statistical feedback with a full playing schedule of 36-hole, 54-hole and 72-hole tournaments that enable its members and non-members to perform at a high level in a strong competitive environment, including an 18 event series at the end of the season to prepare prospective professionals for the gruelling 90-hole battle at the Sunshine Tour Qualifying School.
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