Inglis wins 2nd Big Easy event

2012-08-08 18:49
Jeff Inglis (Gallo Images)
Vereeniging - England's Jeff Inglis put on a show at the Maccauvlei Golf Club on Wednesday, shooting a four-under-par 68 for a five-stroke victory in the R100 000 tournament presented by Stonehage.

“I’m over the moon. I thought it was a bit closer, because we couldn’t see leaderboards out there. In the end winning it by five is great,” he said.

It was the second Sunshine Big Easy Tour victory for Inglis, and a third win will secure a Sunshine Tour card for him. He was still keen to continue with the development tour, however, and said: “There is no recipe for winning, but three wins would be fantastic. What this tour has done is unbelievable, so going forward it would be nice continue to play on this tour – it’s just awesome out here.”

The 34-year-old’s first victory came at Big Easy Benoni in May, yet this week it was a different affair – his 68 matched the best round of the day and he finished five strokes clear of a five-way tie for second. Those sharing second place were Wynand Dingle, Daniel Hammond, Paul Bradshaw, PG van Zyl and Jared Harvey.

The field had to contend with snow during the first round, which caused a delay in play until Wednesday morning. Inglis was unphased by the break and confidently played his way to the win.

“I’ve never had a snowed-out round, but it makes for a good day of rest,” he chuckled. “We had to come out today and get some extra holes in, but it paid off.

“I battled on the front nine of my morning round, but on the back I went five-under, and that really kick-started my day. The second round just came right after that.”

The value of the victory was not lost on Inglis, who added: “Ever since that first win you feel like you can take it every week. Obviously that’s not going to happen, so every time you pull a win you have to take it with both hands.”

Dingle equalled Inglis’s 68 for round two, but an opening 75 - which he finished double-drop, drop, drop - was too much to overcome and he was left to share second.

Likewise Riekus Nortje, a two-time winner on the Big Easy Tour, shot four-under for his second round. The rookie finished in a share of seventh at level par.

Scores: (RSA unless otherwise specified):

138 - Jeff Inglis (ENG) 70 68
143 - Wynand Dingle  75 68, Daniel Hammond  72 71, Paul Bradshaw  72 71, PG van Zyl  71 72, Jared Harvey  72 71
144 - Steven van Heerden  74 70, Riekus Nortje  76 68, Attie Schwartzel  71 73, Victor Lange (AMA)  69 75
145 - Martin du Toit  75 70, Thabang Simon  75 70
146 - Lean Boezaart  73 73, Juan Langeveld  76 70
147 - Francois Coetzee  76 71, Andre van Zyl  78 69, Teboho Sefatsa  79 68
148 - Henk Alberts  70 78, Pieter Moolman  74 74, Ryan Thompson  73 75, Morne Buys  74 74, Mikhail Tewary  77 71, Mark Fensham  75 73
149 - Jacquin Hess (AMA)  75 74, Ignatius Mketekete (ZIM) 78 71, Ross Wellington  72 77, Thabo Maseko  75 74
150 - John Bele  78 72, Makgetha Mazibuko  76 74, Steven Ferreira  76 74, Thanda Mavundla  78 72
151 - Michael du Toit  77 74, Patrick Spindler  77 74, Divan Gerber  79 72
152 - Vickesh Singh  77 75, Derick Petersen  75 77, Louis Calitz  76 76, Johan Bekker  78 74, Mark Williams  77 75
153 - Tristen Strydom (AMA)  81 72, Alpheus Kelapile  80 73, Dayne Moore (ZAM) 75 78, Sammy Daniels  79 74
154 - Nathan Waghorn  78 76, Albert Tsai  76 78
155 - Warren Holland  76 79, Coenie Stoop  81 74, Graham van der Merwe  77 78, Beyers Smith  83 72, Zuko Sangqu  79 76
157 - Willie Steyn  83 74, Brendan de Lange  84 73, Irvin Mazibuko  79 78, Drikus van der Walt  78 79, Blanche Lamprecht  78 79, Riaan de Bruyn  78 79
158 - Tyrone Ryan  80 78, Walter Els  79 79, Brett Liddle  82 76, Elvis Sithebe  82 76
159 - Michael Dreyer  80 79
160 - Wandile Gininda  84 76
161 - Coenie Bester  85 76
162 - Neo Thubisi  84 78

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