Sunshine Tour

Karmis edges Bekker at Sun Sibaya

2016-10-31 07:53
Peter Karmis (Gallo Images)

Mount Edgecombe - Peter Karmis held his nerve to capture his second Sunshine Tour title at the Sun Sibaya Challenge, carding a final round five-under-par 67 to overcome a defiant Oliver Bekker by three strokes on 18-under-par. 

“It’s a relief, I’m not going to lie. It was tough out there and I was quite nervous most of the day. I’m very pleased that I managed to pull through,” he said after an afternoon battling Bekker in the rain on Mount Edgecombe’s Course 2.

Bekker looked to be the man to watch as he lead Karmis by two strokes with seven holes to play, however, drops at 14 and 16 opened the door for Karmis.

“Ollie played well. His score doesn’t reflect how well he actually played. He was a bit unlucky and I think things turned in my favour on 14 when a homeowner yelled. He hit it in the trees from there, but, it was a good bogey in the end.” Said Karmis.

A three-putt on nine lead to Karmis’ only dropped shot of the day, and a brilliant eagle on the 18th saw him round out a composed finish.

“We both played solidly. It was definitely neck and neck the whole way. If you look now there’s a bit of a margin but it was much tighter than the score shows,” he said about the three-shot finishing gap.

For Bekker, he can take confidence from a solid week into European Tour stage two qualifying, taking place in Spain next week. Karmis on the other hand, heads to St Francis Links for the final Vodacom Origins event of the year, and, he says it’s a golf course he loves to travel to.

“To take the win into next week is great. St Francis is my favourite golf course in the country. After that I head back home to Cape Town for the Lion of Africa Cape Town Open, so it’s really cool.”

Scores:

198 - Peter Karmis 63 68 67

201 - Oliver Bekker 68 62 71

203 - Tyrone Ferreira 71 64 68

204 - Wallie Coetsee 69 69 66, Jonathan Agren 68 68 68, Charl Coetzee 67 67 70, Madalitso Muthiya 69 64 71, Le Roux Ferreira 63 70 71

205 - Vaughn Groenewald 70 69 66, Stephen Ferreira 65 72 68, Daniel Greene 68 67 70, Ulrich van den Berg 67 67 71, Lindani Ndwandwe 68 66 71, Titch Moore 69 65 71

206 - Christiaan Bezuidenhout 73 66 67, Russel Franz 67 72 67, Adilson Da Silva 71 67 68, Ryan Tipping 66 71 69

207 - Christiaan Basson 68 71 68, Thanda Mavundla 68 70 69, Martin Rominger 72 66 69

208 - Jason Froneman 71 68 69, Antonio Rosado 68 70 70, Heinrich Bruiners 68 69 71, Tjaart van der Walt 69 67 72, Makhetha Mazibuko 68 66 74

209 - Justin Harding 69 70 70, Chris Swanepoel 71 67 71, Mark Murless 70 68 71, Bryce Easton 69 69 71, Jared Harvey 67 68 74

210 - Kevin Rundle 70 69 71, JJ Senekal 70 67 73, PH McIntyre 69 67 74

211 - Andrew Curlewis 72 68 71, Tyron McComb 70 70 71, Mark Williams 69 69 73, Brett Liddle 67 70 74

212 - Rourke van der Spuy 68 70 74

213 - Hennie du Plessis 73 65 75

218 - Ockie Strydom 66 74 78

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