BELA BELA, Limpopo – Jacques Kruyswijk claimed his third victory on the Sunshine Tour with a one-stroke triumph in the Vodacom Origins of Golf at Zebula Country Club on Sunday.
Kruyswijk laid the foundation for his win with a final round that saw him at six-under-par through the first 15 holes. It allowed him a bogey at the last as he signed for a 67 and victor yon 13 under par. Heinrich Bruiners took second place on 12 under as he also closed with a bogey for a 70.
The Centurion-based Kruyswijk began the final round two shots behind Bruiners, but three birdies in his first six holes on Sunday saw him overtake the Fancourt golfer and sit handily just one stroke behind his playing partner and new leader Pieter Moolman, who also went out with three birdies in his opening six holes.
Further birdies on the 11th, 13th and 15th holes drew Kruyswijk level at the top, and he had the sole lead in the clubhouse after Moolman was undone by a triple-bogey seven at the 16th hole.
Bruiners bogeyed the par-four first hole, but thereafter played very solid golf and his fourth birdie of the day, on the 16th, kept him in the hunt before his bogey on the last hole.
Moolman finished with a 71 to end in a tie for fifth on 10-under-par, alongside Adam Breen (66), Jean Hugo (67), Nikhil Rama (67), Luca Filippi (67), James Hart du Preez (68) and Neil Schietekat (70).
The young duo of Jonathan Broomhead (68) and Gerhard Pepler (69) shared third place on 11-under-par.
In the historic first appearance of the Sunshine Ladies Tour professionals in the same tournament, playing for the same prize money as the men, Cara Gorlei was the only woman to make the cut and she closed with a 75 on Sunday to finish level-par and in a tie for 52nd place. – Michael Vlismas Media