9th February 2017 | IGT Challenge Tour
Rohwer roars to Race to Q-School victory
JOHANNESBURG, 9 February 2017 – KwaZulu-Natal golfer Martin Rohwer backed up a superb eagle at Killarney Country Club’s 15th with three straight pars to collect his first IGT Challenge Tour trophy in the Race to Q-School series on Thursday.
The 23-year-old rookie from Kloof posted the low round of the day – a four-under-par 66 – in the 15th event of the Sunshine Tour Prep Series to close out a one shot victory on seven under over seasoned campaigner Coert Groenewald.
Rohwer began the last day two off the pace, but closed the gap on joint overnight leader Dean O’Riley with a pair of birdies at the second and seventh. He edged ahead briefly with a birdie at 10, but gave the shot back at 11 when he leaked his tee shot right into the trees.
A brief look at the on-course leaderboard at 15 sparked a great drive that flew straight down the middle of the par five and a superb seven iron into the green set Rohwer up for his maiden breakthrough.
“I hit a cracking tee-shot and the distance was just perfect,” he said. “I left myself a six footer for eagle and boxed the putt. Coert had the lead at six under, but the eagle gave me the lead.
“I thought he would make a birdie over the last three holes, so I played conservatively, although I hoped to pick up at least one more birdie. When I got 18, I saw he finished at six under, so I just made sure that I got the par for the win.
“It’s such a great feeling to get a win under the belt with Q-School just four weeks away. This is what I’ve been building towards for the last eight months.”
Rohwer began competing on the country’s premier golf development circuit after he graduated the University of Alabama at Birmingham last year. He credits Shaun Coetzee for his victory.
“I started working with Shaun at the Institute of Elite Golfers at Kloof Country Club about two months ago and I really feel his has helped me reach this point,” said Rohwer.
“My overall game is a lot more consistent, but I am also mentally better equipped and a stronger on the golf course. It’s nice to see some positive outcomes from the work we’ve been doing and hopefully I can keep building on this over the last three Race to Q-School events.”