9th February 2014 | Big Easy IGT Golf
Taylor leads charge at 2014 IGT Tour kick-off
JOHANNESBURG, 9 February 2014 – When the Race to IGT 2014 tees off on Monday, 96 professional and amateur golfers will start the same journey that carried the likes of Sunshine Tour Qualifying School winner Juan Langeveld and 2013 Race to Q-School winner Callum Mowat to the paid ranks this season.
The departure of 25 IGT Tour regulars to the country’s main Tour has paved the way for the next wave of hopefuls, and amateurs number nearly half of the field at the 54-hole season-opener at Randpark Golf Club.
Among the 41 amateurs that will kick off the 2014 season at the Bushwillow course are Louis Taylor and Werner van Niekerk, ranked seventh and representing South Africa this month in a Test against a strong Scottish side at Leopard Creek.
“Werner and I will both be in the South African team at the Leopard Trophy and we are teeing it up to give ourselves an extra chance to sharpen up for the Test,” said Taylor
Taylor’s twin-brother Eddie won an IGT event last year was among the 31 cardholders at Q-School.
“The balance between playing against the professionals on the IGT Tour and playing against the top amateurs in the amateur events maximises the experience and competition.
“I played a couple of IGT Tour events and this year I hope to play a fair bit more. It did Callum and the other guys a lot of good last year, so I’m keen to give it a fair go.”
The 2014 IGT Pro Challenge Tour season will offer Taylor and company ample competitive practice, with 38 tournaments on the Gauteng schedule and 24 events planned in KwaZulu-Natal.