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O’Riley romps to five shot win in Killarney Challenge

JOHANNESBURG, 28 September 2016 – Ebotse pro Dean O’Riley captured the IGT Tour’s Killarney Challenge in swashbuckling style to cap a brilliant week at Killarney Country Club on Thursday.
Having gained a one shot advantage with a four-under-par 66 in the third round, the 27-year-old from Benoni continued in the same vein in the final round, showing no sign of nerves to post a joint best-of-the-day one under 69.
With a 72-hole total of four-under-par 276, O’Riley finished five shots clear of second placed Nobuhle Dlamini from Swaziland and Simon Kruger, who closed with respective rounds of 69 and 70.
Duane Keun returned a 74 to take fourth at two over 282, while rookie Matthew Spacey wound up a further shot back in fifth after posting a final round 73.
This victory was O’Riley’s first win since the fifth Race to Q-School in November last year.
Unfortunately, the former top ranked amateur didn’t make it to the Sunshine Tour’s Qualifying School in December, but he is determined to get the job done next March.
“I played the IGT Tour at the start of the season, but then I took off a couple of months off mid-year to work on swing changes,” said O’Riley, who re-joined the IGT Tour at the Ebotse Challenge in August.
“I was really buoyed after I tied for fourth at the Ebotse Links and I had high expectations coming into this week. Opening with a four over 74 was really frustrating, but I pushed the negativity aside and regrouped for the rest of the week.
“The second round 67 and the 66 in round three was a much better reflection of the stuff I’ve been working on. I’m hitting the ball really well, especially my irons, and the putter is slowly but surely getting there, too.
“The pin positions in the final round were extremely tough and it was a par-golf day. I managed to box two five-footers early on at the second and third for birdies, but I still hit a few loose shots out there, like the big pull I hit at the seventh that landed me in the hazard.
“I had to drop under some trees and I hit a flier that went through the fairway and finished under more trees. It was a messy hole that cost me two shots and that opened the door for Duane and some of the other guys.
“When nobody pounced, I just made sure to play for pars. I drained a 15-footer at 11 for another birdie, which felt like an eagle because I haven’t holed a lot of putts that distance this week. Gave one back at 13, but hit it just short at the par five (15) and made a good up-and-down for birdie. Once I was five clear, the pressure also lifted and made playing the last couple of holes a lot of fun.”
After pocketing the R8,000 first prize, O’Riley said he hopes to ride his current vein of form to more success on the country’s premier development circuit in the next few weeks.
“We kick of the Race to Q-School series next week at ERPM and we play State Mines in two weeks, which were both home courses for me, so hopefully I a couple more trophies to the cabinet.”
Dlamini – back from crossing the first hurdle at the LPGA Tour Qualifying School in the United States – birdied three of the last four holes to share the low round honours with O’Riley, Michael Schutz and amateur Ruhan van Dijk.

FINAL RESULT - TOP 20
276 - Dean O'Riley 74 67 66 69
281 - Nobuhle Dlamini (SWA) 72 68 72 69, Simon Kruger 72 69 70 70
282 - Duane Keun 72 68 68 74
283 - Matthew Spacey 72 65 73 73
287 - Carrie Park 70 71 68 78
288 - Warrick Druian 67 69 77 75
291 - Michael Schutz 74 77 71 69, Thabang Simon 70 74 75 72, Conway Kunneke 73 77 67 74
292 - Ryan Wingrove AMA 74 72 73 73, Johary Raveloarison (MDG) 72 72 74 74
293 - Justin Turner 81 73 68 71, Fanie Wolmarans AMA 70 71 73 79, Stefan Labuschagne AMA 72 73 69 79
294 - David Ashley (ENG) 72 74 73 75
296 - Dongkwan Kim (KOR) 79 71 70 76, Coert Groenewald 74 69 71 82
297 - Wesley Baptiste AMA 76 69 79 73, Dylan Docherty 71 71 82 73, Eric Nel AMA 72 71 73 81
298 - Juan Swart 73 75 69 81
299 - Shalan Govender 75 67 80 77, Ruan Korb AMA 73 70 79 77, Ruhan van Dijk AMA 78 79 73 69

PHOTO – Dean O’Riley; credit CJ du Plooy.

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O’Riley edges clear at Killarney Challenge

JOHANNESBURG, 28 September 2016 – Benoni’s Dean O’Riley emerged from a tight five-way battle as the outright leader in the IGT Tour’s Killarney Challenge after another testing day at Killarney Country Club saw just seven of the 50 players who made the cut, break par.
O’Riley was five shots behind overnight leader Warrick Druian at the start of day three, but an opening birdie and an eagle three at the fifth rocketed him into contention alongside Druian, Duane Keun, Carrie Park and Matthew Spacey.
The 27-year-old from Ebotse birdied 15 and 17 to win the tussle with a four-under-par 66 to post a three under par leading total.
Keun closed with a 68 to finish one shot back, Park produced a trio of birdies for a 68 over the last three holes clock in two off the pace and Spacey signed for a 73 to finish in fourth on even-par.
Simon Kruger posted 70 to finish alone in fifth on one over, Nobuhle Dlamini from Swaziland is a further stroke back after a 72 and Druian – the leader through the first two rounds – stayed in touch with a flawless front nine, but his title bid hit the skids on the inward loop, resulting in an expensive 77. The 46-year-old followed a trio of bogeys after the turn with a double bogey at 16 and a quadruple bogey at 18 saw him finish at three over.
O’Riley has been polishing his swing since April and the hard work showed promising results when he tied for fourth in the Ebotse Challenge last month. Although he didn’t burn up the course in the opening round at Killarney, a 67 in round two and the third round 66 put O’Riley in a very positive frame of mind.
“My ball striking the last two days has been really good, especially the irons into the greens,” he said. “I hit 15 greens in regulation today, but the putter is still too cold. I had 32 putts every round, and I need that number to improve. In today’s round, I had seven birdie chances that should have dropped, so it’s a little frustrating, but the key is to stay patient.
“I manage to start strong with the birdie at the first, and I chipped in at the par five after I hit my four-iron approach a little too heavy and left myself 30 metres short of the green. I put myself in a good position at the other par five on the back nine (15) and two-putted for birdie and holed a nice putt for birdie at the short hole (17).”
O’Reilly will be fighting for a card on the Sunshine Tour at Qualifying School next March and said he valued the chance to play the venue that will host the First Stage next March.
“It’s always good to get an early look at the venue, so you know what to expect,” he said. “Killarney is a tough layout, with wicked fast greens. Anything off line or over the greens or past the flag is a punishable offence. The downhill putts are ridiculously fast, so you don’t want to hit it past the flag. You want to play for an uphill putt where possible.
“The course set-up this week is what you should expect this time of the season - tough, but fair – so I am not surprised to see so few players below par. This is going to be a tough qualifying venue and I think only guys who finish the week below par, will make it to the final stage. This is the time when the aspirant pros need to take a breath and think long and hard whether they are really ready to switch to the pro ranks.”

THIRD ROUND SCORES - top 20
207 - Dean O'Riley 74 67 66
208 - Duane Keun 72 68 68
209 - Carrie Park 70 71 68
210 - Matthew Spacey 72 65 73
211 - Simon Kruger 72 69 70
212 - Nobuhle Dlamini (SWA) 72 68 72
213 - Warrick Druian 67 69 77
214 - Stefan Labuschagne AMA 72 73 69, Coert Groenewald 74 69 71, Fanie Wolmarans AMA 70 71 73
216 - Eric Nel AMA 72 71 73
217 - Conway Kunneke 73 77 67, Juan Swart 73 75 69
218 - Johary Raveloarison (MDG) 72 72 74
219 - Ryan Wingrove AMA 74 72 73, David Ashley (ENG) 72 74 73, Thabang Simon 70 74 75
220 - Dongkwan Kim (KOR) 79 71 70
222 - Justin Turner 81 73 68, Michael Schutz 74 77 71, Francesca Cuturi 77 72 73, TJ Bekker 71 73 78, Ruan Korb AMA 73 70 79, Shalan Govender 75 67 80

PHOTO – Dean O’Riley; credit CJ du Plooy

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Sizzling Spacey gives chase at Killarney Challenge

JOHANNESBURG, 27 September 2016 – Overnight leader Warrick Druian and Dainfern rookie Matthew Spacey produced contrasting rounds to pull away from the chasing pack in the Killarney Challenge on Tuesday.
After a superb opening round of 65 at the Killarney Country Club, Druian’s second round 69 was more of a grind, while Spacey grabbed the low round honours with his five under 65.
Druian dropped shots at the first and third, but rallied with a birdie at the fifth, but the former Telkom PGA Championship winner remained patient. After another drop at 12, he reeled in a trio of birdies he finished one under to retain pole position at four under 136.
Spacey lagged five off the pace at the start of round two and blew out of the blocks with three birdies.
The 25-year-old picked up another birdie at the sixth hole before he pencilled his only drop of the day – a double bogey six at the ninth – and notched three more gains on the back nine to finish just one stroke shy of Druian.
The former top ranked Central Gauteng amateur has enjoyed a superb season on the IGT Tour so far with 11 top 10 finishes in 18 starts, including two runner-up and a third place finish.
He broke through for his rookie pro win at the Zwartkop Challenge in July and the solid start at Killarney put Spacey in a strong position to challenge for his third victory on the country’s premier development circuit.
“After I missed out on my card at the Sunshine Tour Q-School, I was really disappointed, but playing the IGT Tour has been great experience for me,” Spacey said.
“I’ve learned a lot about competing against the pros as a pro. It’s very different when you play as an amateur and I’m really enjoying my first season in the paid ranks. It’s been a great education and every week you move the mark just a little higher.
“I’m really excited about playing in the leading group, because it’s something I always enjoyed as an amateur. I welcome that extra pressure.”
Spacey said he drove the ball better in the first round, but his short-game was on song in round two.
“I still drove the ball well, which got me in good positions in the fairways and if you do that, you’re going to hit it close a few times,” he said.
“But the putter was really working well in the second round and it felt like the four week break I took to work on my short game, really came together today. The putter definitely put me in a great position with two rounds to play and hopefully I can keep it going.”
Meanwhile Duane Keun and Nobuhle Dlamini from Swaziland registered a pair of 68s to tie for third at even-par 140.
Dean O’Riley shot 67 to grab a share of fifth at one over with Carrie Park (71), Simon Kruger (69) and amateur Fanie Wolmarans (71), while a second round 67 moved Shalan Govender into a share of ninth at 142 with Dylan Docherty, who posted back-to-back 71s.

SECOND ROUND SCORES - top 20
136 - Warrick Druian 67 69
137 - Matthew Spacey 72 65
140 - Duane Keun 72 68, Nobuhle Dlamini (SWA) 72 68
141 - Dean O'Riley 74 67, Simon Kruger 72 69, Carrie Park 70 71, Fanie Wolmarans AMA 70 71
142 - Dylan Docherty 71 71, Shalan Govender 75 67
143 - Coert Groenewald 74 69, Ruan Korb AMA 73 70, Eric Nel AMA 72 71
144 - Johary Raveloarison (MDG) 72 72, TJ Bekker 71 73, Thabang Simon 70 74
145 - Wesley Baptiste AMA 76 69, Stefan Labuschagne AMA 72 73
146 - Calvin Caldeira 74 72, David Ashley (ENG) 72 74, Ryan Wingrove AMA 74 72

PHOTO – Matthew Spacey; credit CJ du Plooy

ABOUT THE IGT TOUR
The IGT Challenge Pro Tour launched in 2010 and has fast grown into South Africa’s premier developmental golf tour, offering a tailor-made gateway for amateurs aspiring to join the pro ranks.
The IGT Challenge Pro 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.
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