6th May 2012 | Big Easy IGT Golf
Pieter Kruger wins Orange Crab race to Asia first Leg
Pieter Kruger won the first leg of the Orange Crab Race to Asia at the Randpark Bushwillow Golf Club over54 holes on Wednesday.
Kruger started the final day three shots behind overnight leader Jonathan Waschefort. His final-round 2 under par 70 was enough to win by one on 7 under par from Waschefort ,who shot a 2 over 74 and Herman Minnie with a 2 under par 70.
Kruger said. “This is a great start for the Race to Asia. The opportunity given by Orange Crab and IGT is huge for any player to go and play in Asia and compete on other Pro Tours.”
Waschefort started day one with a 4 under par 68 to tie the lead with Deon Bredenkamp and Gary Baynham. He followed it up with another 4 under par 68 on day two to be in the lead on 8 under going into the final day.
Unfortunately his approach shots let him down on the final day and finish on 2 over par 74 to finish in second place on 6 under par with Herman Minnie.
Kruger made his intention clear early in the final round when he made an eagle on the first hole. He had a two-shot lead playing the 16 hole but a drop saw the lead change to one shot over Minnie and Waschefort. All three players made pars on the final two holes to see Kruger bag his first Pro win and take the lead in the Race to Asia Order of Merit.
Wade Hoffman was the big mover on day two with a front nine of 5 under par 31 which included a hole-in-one on the Par-3 sixth hole. Hoffman only manage par on the back nine to finish on 5 under par 67 and 4 under for the event going into the last day.
Orange Crab is the proud sponsor of the Orange Crab Race to Asia which is played over seven events during April and May and ends with the IGT Match Play at the end of May where there is one more place up for grabs.
IGT Tour Players can win one of the five fully paid places and is open to all golfers who have not got a Sunshine Tour card for 2013.
Kruger concluded “All the Players competing in the race to Asia is taking it very serious and I am just glad to have a good start but there is still six events to go.”
Albie Hanekom of Orange Crab said “We have successfully negotiated places on some of the main tours in South East Asia for June/July. We will be taking a group of eight golfers across to represent Orange Crab, to gain experience and compete against the best of Asia. As a professional it’s crucial to learn to adapt to different countries, conditions and cultures on a weekly basis.”