Left: Jacques Blaauw with his trophy. Right: Theunis Spangenberg in action.
The R700 000 Vodacom Origins of Golf event was held at Sishen Golf and Country Club last weekend.
On Thursday 8 September 2016, Werner van Niekerk, Bryce Easton, Tyrone Ferreira and the local star, Theunis Spangenberg shared the first-round lead with a four-under-par 68.
Theunis Spangenberg took full advantage of playing on his home course in his home town as he carded a five-under-par 67 on Friday 9 September 2016 to move into a two-stroke lead.
“It’s a little different taking your clothes out of a cupboard instead of a suitcase,” laughed Spangenberg. “It’s just nice to be at home. The course is five minutes away and I know it well, so it’s really enjoyable playing here.”
“I know this course can bite you,” said Spangenberg, “but I’m hitting the ball well, and it’s been like that for the last six weeks. So I’m fairly confident, yes!”
It has been nearly three years since Jacques Blaauw won a Sunshine Tour tournament, and he put on a putting masterclass on Saturday 10 September 2016 to take the R700 000 Vodacom Origins of Golf event at Sishen Golf and Country Club on the first hole of a play-off with Theunis Spangenberg.
For the early part of the final round, it looked for all the world as if Spangenberg was going to march to a simple win: He birdied the first two holes to pull clear of the chasing pack, but then a bogey on three – only his second of the week – brought him up short. Another at seven and a third at 13 negated any effect his two more birdies during the final round had.
Spangenberg also had a great duel going with Ruan de Smidt, who looked as if he was going to pull clear when he made his third birdie of the round to get to 11-under, but consecutive bogeys on 16 and 17 saw him slip to a share of third.
For Blaauw, it all came together with an eagle on the sixth, after he had clawed back the two strokes he had dropped on the first with birdies on two and five. Once he made the eagle, there was no looking back, and he made four more birdies on his way in.
And he relished the feeling of winning again for the first time since November 2013. “It feels unbelievable,” he said. “I came close during the last three years – very close. “I’ve started playing a little better lately, so getting a win now is a good feeling.”
206 - Jacques Blaauw (71 69 66)
206 - Theunis Spangenberg (68 67 71)
208 - Erik van Rooyen (71 68 69), Ruan de Smidt (71 66 71)
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