20th May 2015 | IGT Challenge Tour
Trocado upstages pros for home victory
The 19-year-old held his nerve to drain a 35-footer for birdie at the 18th for an even-par 72 and a one stroke victory on nine under 207 in the second IGT Tour Cape event.
Karmis and Ford both registered 69s to tie for second, four strokes clear of recent Metropolitan Classic champion Keenan Davidse, who closed with a 70.
Trocado was two off the pace after an opening 70, but used his home course knowledge to carve out a four stroke lead with a second round seven-under-par 65.
Meanwhile battle hardened Karmis carded rounds of 68 and 71 to start the final round in joint second with Ford, who registered rounds of 72 and 67.
Trocado was justifiably nervous about the last 18 holes, but took the view that the chance to challenge the pros was a great learning opportunity.
“Peter is pretty famous for shooting 59 on the Sunshine Tour. He has won twice in South Africa and once on the Asian Tour. Fordy was the number one ranked amateur in South Africa and has had some good results on the Sunshine Tour and he is a real fighter.
“I thought that if I got it going again, I could score a runaway victory, but if I didn’t, it would be a fight to the end. I knew they would both bring it in the last round and I was mentally ready for anything.”
Ford notched three birdies in a flawless front nine to join Trocado in the lead after the young gun surrendered two shots against a lone bogey, while Karmis turned in one under.
The Asian Tour champion took pole position with birdies at 13, 14 and 17, while Trocado had a birdie-bogey combination at 13 and 14 and Ford traded a pair of birdies for two bogeys on the back nine.
Karmis was nine under and Ford and Trocado a further shot adrift, but Karmis bogeyed the 18th and Trocado responded by draining the long birdie putt for victory.
According to the amateur rules, Trocado earn just R4,500 of the guaranteed R12,000 first place prize money, but for the amateur, the breakthrough meant much more than the winner’s cheque.
“I am really grateful that the IGT Tour has launched here in the Western Cape, because now we have the same opportunity to compete against the pros and learn from them as the guys in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal,” he said.
“Playing with Peter and Adrian was an unbelievable experience for me. You think you’re good enough, but it’s not until you’ve proven yourself that you can really afford to believe it. This win has given me a great deal of courage and confidence.
“Of course I am partial to Atlantic Beach, but I have to say, the staff and management went all out to give us a great tournament and I am very excited that I could score my first IGT Tour win here at my home course.”
FINAL RESULT – Top 10
207 Luke Trocado (AMA) 70 65 72
208 Peter Karmis 68 71 69; Adrian Ford 72 67 69
212 Keenan Davidse 69 73 70
215 Christian Basson (AMA) 71 72 72
216 Armandt Scholtz (AM) 68 74 74
218 Kyle Jervis (AM) 76 70 72
221 Gerrit Foster 75 72 74
223 DJ Swart (AM) 74 75 74; Cameron Esau 78 71 74
PHOTO – Atlantic Beach Classic champion Luke Trocado from Western Province; credit IGT Pro Tour Cape.