Sunshine Tour

Enoch claims the Cape Town Open

2018-02-25 17:15
Rhys Enoch (Gallo Images)

Cape Town – Wales’ Rhys Enoch bogeyed his first two holes in the final round of the Cape Town Open but recovered expertly to card three-under-par 69 and claim a one-shot victory over Peter Karmis on a 19-under 269 total on Sunday.

“The first two were both into the wind and quite awkward,” he said of those back-to-back bogeys in the opening two holes. “I didn’t really do a lot wrong. But I told myself to just stay patient and keep making good swings.”

Despite making three birdies and dropping three shots on the front nine, Enoch held on nicely on the homeward nine and while he made bogey on the 17th, three birdies and an eagle made their way into his scorecard.

“I got on to the leaderboard at 13 and saw I was four behind,” he said of the eagle he made on the par-five 14th. “I was like ‘I need to make a move’. I hit a really nice drive that just cracked into the left rough, had a pretty good line to about 15-feet and managed to make it for eagle. So, that was a massive move.”

It looked like Karmis would force the round into a play-off when both players were tied at the top on 19-under, only for Karmis to miss his par-putt on 18 and drop a shot. With that, Enoch claimed his maiden Sunshine Tour victory by a single stroke at a packed King David Mowbray Golf Club.

“I just can’t be happier,” he said of his first title, “I’m just really, really happy to finally get a four-round win. You have to savour the moment.”

Karmis, who had been leading from day one of the tournament looked like he would run with it early on as he, at one point, had a four-shot lead at the summit, but a dropped shot on the 12th that was followed by a double drop on the next hole, made bogey on the last handed the trophy to the Welshman.

While he didn’t have a bad round, Karmis will rue the shots he dropped on 12 and 13 because at that point, he was well clear of everybody else. Tied for third on 17-under were Keenan Davidse and JC Ritchie.

Now, having already booked his air ticket back to Wales after the Tshwane Open pre-qualifiers, Rhys will have to relook his schedule because he will be around for a while longer.

Scores:

269 - Rhys Enoch 64 69 67 69

270 - Peter Karmis 63 68 67 72

271 - Keenan Davidse 66 68 68 69, JC Ritchie 64 70 67 70

272 - Wallie Coetsee 68 71 64 69

273 - Toby Tree 66 69 72 66, Justin Harding 65 67 74 67, Jack Harrison 67 68 69 69, Colin Nel 68 66 66 73

274 - Kyle McClatchie 67 67 72 68, Oliver Bekker 65 70 67 72, Merrick Bremner 65 66 70 73

275 - Callum Mowat 71 69 70 65, Tyrone Ryan 69 70 69 67, Vaughn Groenewald 65 69 73 68, Shaun Norris 71 68 68 68, Jean Hugo 65 72 67 71, Rhys West 69 71 64 71, Chris Lloyd 67 69 67 72, Romain Langasque 69 68 66 72

276 - Titch Moore 70 70 68 68, Benjamin Follett-Smith 67 71 68 70, Ulrich van den Berg 70 68 68 70, Tyrone Ferreira 68 67 70 71, Ryan Cairns 65 71 68 72, Ruan de Smidt 69 69 66 72

277 - Ockie Strydom 67 70 72 68, Steve Surry 69 69 70 69, Jared Harvey 69 68 67 73

278 - Louis de Jager 68 71 71 68, Zack Byrd 71 67 70 70, Antoine Rozner 66 72 69 71, James Kingston 66 70 65 77

279 - Jaco Ahlers 65 72 75 67, Jean-Paul Strydom 70 66 73 70, Andre De Decker 67 71 70 71, Herman Loubser 69 71 68 71, Daniel van Tonder 68 69 70 72, Toto Thimba 68 68 69 74, Michael Hollick 68 68 69 74

280 - James Kamte 65 73 73 69, Ruan Huysamen 67 73 71 69, Martin Rohwer 65 70 74 71, Damon Stephenson 67 67 74 72

281 - Lyle Rowe 65 72 74 70, Quintin Wilsnach 68 70 71 72, JJ Senekal 68 71 70 72, Luke Joy 68 69 68 76

282 - Hennie du Plessis 65 72 73 72, Tjaart van der Walt 70 70 69 73, Mark Williams 65 72 69 76, Francesco Laporta 70 70 66 76

283 - Andrew Georgiou 70 70 73 70, Bryce Easton 70 69 71 73

284 - Lindani Ndwandwe 71 69 74 70, Anthony Michael 72 64 77 71, Neil Schietekat 67 70 76 71, Scott Campbell 67 71 74 72, Christiaan Basson 67 73 70 74

285 - Danie Van Niekerk 67 69 75 74, Rourke van der Spuy 66 72 71 76

286 - Matthew Carvell 71 68 72 75

288 - CJ du Plessis 72 68 72 76, Jason Froneman 70 68 73 77

292 - Nyasha Muyambo 67 73 75 77

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