6th August 2014 | IGT Challenge Tour
Texas’ Roets buoyed by IGT Tour stint
JOHANNESBURG, 6 August 2014 – Johannesburg amateur Jason Roets is heading back to the University of North Texas this weekend buoyed by recent top three finishes in the IGT Tour’s Race to the Asian Q-School.
The Mean Green senior campaigned in three events on the country’s premier development Tour during his summer break at home.
After a tie for 26th in the Race to the USA Championship, Roets claimed a joint third place finish in the first Race to Asian Q-School event at Waterkloof and rallied to a runner-up finish in the second event at Centurion Country Club.
“It was really fantastic to stay competitive during the break,” the 21-year-old Joburg golfer said.
“I had no idea that the IGT Tour would be so competitive. I enjoyed the experience immensely and it’s great to know that when I get back to Denton, I can hit the ground running.”
Roets was also very impressed by amateur performances in his three starts.
“I went to the United States when I was 14 and attended the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy for three years before I took up a golf scholarship at the University of North Texas,” he explained. “I haven’t played much amateur golf in South Africa in the last seven years.
“I definitely didn’t expect the amateurs at home to compete at such a high standard. It was great to have so many amateurs on the IGT Tour and to see so many in contention.”
Roets played with Teaghan Gauche and Hendrikus Stoop from Limpopo in the final round. Gauche and Roets shared the second round lead, but Stoop claimed the glory. He also caught a glimpse of 17-year-old Keegan de Lange who led the first round.
“Keegan played in the group ahead of us and was very impressive,” Roets said. “All these guys could easily compete on the college circuit in the States.
“I think the South African Golf Association are doing a superb job with the amateurs and the IGT Tour gives them a Tour to compete on to improve and gain experience.
“Hendrikus will probably take up his spot to the Asian Tour Qualifying School next January and play the Sunshine Tour’s Q-School, but Teaghan, Keegan and I are in no rush to turn pro.
“That’s the beauty of the IGT Tour. It’s a great concept for guys like us who want the experience of competing against professionals, but without compromising our amateur status.”
Stoop, who became the IGT Tour’s third amateur winner this season following Louis Taylor and Zander Lombard, agrees
“I love going toe-to-toe with the pros and anytime you can beat them, it’s a great day,” said the 23-year-old TuksSport Golf Academy member.
“I love playing on both circuits,” he said. “Playing on the IGT Tour is definitely raising the level of my game, and I feel way more confident when I tee it up in the SAGA events. I got my first provincial win this year and I’ve been able to improve my SA and world ranking this year.”
The IGT Tour’s Race to Asian Q-School comprises eight events and the eight winners will be sponsored to the tune of R350,000 to compete in the 2015 Asian Tour’s Qualifying School. The third qualifier tees off at Irene Country Club from 11-13 August.