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Tour News November 2014

Monday, 17 November 2014
Tour News November 2014


Matthew Spacey makes it 2 out of 2 for Wanderers members at home on the IGT tour. Have a look at the article below.

Spacey signs off in grand style at Wanderers
(Photo – Matthew Spacey; credit CJ du Plooy)

JOHANNESBURG (13 November 2014) – Fourways amateur Matthew Spacey claimed his first IGT Tour title with a sensational performance in the final round of the sixth Race to Q-School event at Wanderers Golf Club on Thursday.

The 23-year-old Dainfern golfer showed amazing maturity under pressure to rack up eight birdies for a flawless 63 to claim an eight stroke victory on eight-under-par 201.

The podium finish was perfectly timed and the Gauteng amateur hopes to carry his hot form to his first provincial amateur victory this weekend. “This is the best I’ve played in a long time and I just want to bottle the confidence after this round and take it to the Central Gauteng Open this weekend,” Spacey said.



“I’ve had a lot of close calls this season, but it would be awesome to end the title drought at my home Open at Royal Johannesburg.” Spacey began the final round in a three-way tie for the lead with professionals Jaco Prinsloo and Calvin Caldeira.

He birdied the first and third holes, but three successive birdies saw him take a four shot lead at the turn. The TuksSport Golf Academy member kept his foot on the accelerator and birdied the two par fives and the par-four 16th to seal his triumph. Prinsloo and Caldeira registered 70s, amateurs Hennie du Plessis and Breyten Meyer both carded 68 and former top SA amateur Matthew Kent produced an equally impressive, blemish-free 64 to tie for second on 208.

“I saw Matthew was burning up the course ahead of me and I knew I had to birdie the two par-fives to stay ahead,” Spacey said.
“I hit a good drive down the 10th and a solid seven-iron into the green and two putted for birdie. One done, one to go. At the 13th, I hit three-wood off the tee and took three-wood for my second, but I ended up in the greenside bunker. I up-and-downed to go seven under.

“I had a pretty big lead and I just told myself not to dropp any shots on the way home. The birdie at 16 was really a bonus, because I hit my tee shot way right into the trees. I had an open line to the green, though, and hit an eight-iron to three feet.” Spacey is playing the IGT Tour’s Race to Q-School to prepare for the Sunshine Tour’s Qualifying School at the end of January. He tied for seventh in his first start at Krugersdorp Golf Club earlier this month and finished joint fourth at Benoni Country Club last week.

Spacey says he still has a lot of work to do with his coach, Llewellyn van Leeuwen, but he was thrilled to win in only his third start on the country’s premier development Tour. “I wanted to compete against the pros to gain experience and confidence,” he said. “My goal was to try and finish in the top 10 each time I teed it up in the Race to Q-School and it feels really good to have that going. This win has given my confidence a really good boost. I’ll enjoy this, but its back to the grinding stone tomorrow.”



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