29th April 2013 | IGT Challenge Tour
Strydom wins IGT Mafeking Open
Ockie Strydom successfully defended the IGT Mafeking Open at the Leopard Park Golf Club in Mafeking, North West, over the weekend.
The Mafeking Open, sponsored by North West Parks & Tourism Board , was a 54-hole three-day event and the first two rounds were part of the Mafeking Pro AM. Strydom posted a final round 4-under 68 to finish at 18-under and back to back wins.
Strydom had a four shot lead going into the final round over Ivan Mazebuka and a five shot lead over Stefan Engell Andersen and Beyers Smith. The final round saw 51 players made the cut on plus one.
Strydom shot rounds of 63, 67 and 68 to finish on 18 under par.
“What a great event and great organising from IGT Pro Tour and Sponsors. This felt like coming home playing in the IGT Mafeking Pro AM,” Strydom said.
Smith made a run at Strydom and took the lead after six holes. Smith was 7 under after six holes, which included two eagles, and turned in a 7 under 29 after nine holes. Strydom took the lead back on the par-4 8th hole with a eagle when his seconnd shot find the bottom of the cup.
Smith took the lead back on the 15th hole after Strydom made a drop and kept the lead going down the par-5 18th hole with the green surrounded by water.
Strydom’s drive was in the fairway and his second shot was just off the green and about 30 feet from the pin. Smith’s drive found the left rough and unfortunately his approach shot found the water and finished with a 7 under par 65. Strydom made a up and down for birdie to win by two shots.
Other notable scores came from Ivan Mazebuka with rounds of 69, 65 & 60 to finish on 14 under and in third place. Jaco Ahlers finished in fourth place with rounds of 72, 67 & 65 for 12 under par.
Strydom concluded: “This is a big win for me and hopefully I can now follow it up on the Sunshine Tour with a win.” James Kingston made a welcome appearance and managed rounds of 69, 73 & 70 for 4 under par.
The Mafeking Pro AM over two rounds was won by Smith and his amateur partner Hannes Breedt with 97 points.