Golf

Abery cruises to Affinity win

2011-11-10 16:50
Warren Abery (File)

Sun City - Warren Abery led throughout the third round of the Nedbank Affinity Cup and cruised to victory when he shot 70 on the final day of the R600 000 event at the Lost City Golf Club on Thursday.

Abery claimed his seventh career title when he finished at 11 under par, two strokes clear of Andrew Curlewis and Prinavin Nelson.

"It's great to win - that's what we all play for - and it's nice to be able to close it out," Abery said.

It was a clinical round by the 38-year-old who closed with eight consecutive pars, transferring all of the pressure to his chasers, who faltered under the strain and fell by the wayside.

"Even with a two-shot lead you can blow it, and learning to win is difficult," he said.

"When you've been in that position before it makes it easier."

Abery shrugged off an early bogey and carded birdies at the second and eighth before turning at one under for the day.

"I got off to a shaky start, but managed to right the ship and finish strong," he said.

He made his third and final birdie at the 10th and moved to 11 under, a tally he would maintain to seal victory.

Curlewis charged through the final 18 holes in 65 strokes to take his share of second, three shots shy of Abery.

A double-drop at the 17th was detrimental to Nelson's round, and despite retrieving a shot with birdie at the 18th, he finished tied second.

Scores:

205 - Warren Abery 70 65 70
207 - Andrew Curlewis 70 72 65, Prinavin Nelson 70 69 68
208 - Darren Fichardt 70 73 65
209 - Vaughn Groenewald 71 68 70
210 - Jake Roos 67 71 72, Tyrone Mordt 67 69 74
211 - Grant Veenstra 68 73 70, Ulrich van den Berg 73 68 70
212 - Callie Swart 73 73 66, Andrew Georgiou 69 76 67, Justin Harding 74 70 68, Trevor Fisher Jnr 73 70 69, Bryce Easton 72 70 70, Morne Buys 72 70 70, Deane Pappas 73 69 70, Des Terblanche 68 73 71, Ockie Strydom 70 70 72
213 - Grant Muller 74 72 67, Michael du Toit 74 69 70, Brandon Pieters 72 70 71
214 - Lindani Ndwandwe 74 71 69, Dean O'Riley 69 74 71, Jaco Ahlers 70 71 73
215 - Charl Coetzee 73 73 69, Christiaan Basson 72 73 70, JG Claassen 73 70 72, Jacques Blaauw 74 69 72, David Hewan 74 68 73, Theunis Spangenberg 71 71 73, Doug McGuigan 72 69 74, Martin Maritz 71 68 76
216 - Ryan Tipping 73 70 73, Ross Wellington 72 71 73, Lyle Rowe 72 71 73, Wallie Coetsee 71 71 74, Allan Versfeld 74 67 75
217 - Adrian Ford 72 70 75
218 - Ryan Strauss 72 74 72, Louis Moolman 73 72 73, Hendrik Buhrmann 72 71 75
222 - Steven Ferreira 68 77 77
225 - Thabang Simon 71 71 83

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