Sunshine Tour

Ritchie completes a double in Limpopo Championship

2020-02-02 18:05
JC Ritchie (Sunshine Tour)
JC Ritchie (Sunshine Tour)

Cape Town - JC Ritchie created more history for himself after he successfully defended his Limpopo Championship title on Sunday, following another title-defence just a week earlier, when he claimed a two-stroke victory over Wilco Nienaber at Euphoria Golf and Lifestyle Estate.

It was something of a déjà vu for Ritchie in that last year he and his playing partner and friend, Jaco Prinsloo, first won the Gauteng Team Championship hosted by Dainfern before he claimed the inaugural Limpopo Championship, a week later. They defended successfully last week and this week, this week he defended his title to make two title-defences in two weeks.

“It’s extremely special to have defended here,” he said after his final round of 67, his second in succession.

“You see, there are not many people who can say they have defended a title, so defending two titles in a row is just something that’s crazy special for me.”

To make his defence even more special is the fact that he went around the Euphoria track bogey-free on Saturday and on Sunday.

“I’ve never done that on the weekend,” he says of his blemish-free third and fourth rounds in Modimolle.

“To play that kind of good golf on the weekend around here is special because it’s tough here. I watched guys make bogeys from everywhere, which they never do. So, it was ideal for my game plan. Brilliant ball-striking all week long. I have not been this in control of my game for a long time, so I am very happy.”

Despite the gallant efforts by the chasing pack which included the impressive rookie, Wilco Nienaber, the long-hitting Jacques Kruyswijk who used to call this golf club a home while he was younger and was the overnight leader and another local man, Hennie du Plessis, Ritchie showed great composure to claim his second victory in the Limpopo Championship.

A total of 19-under-par 269 earned Ritchie a second Limpopo Championship in a row.

Scores:

269 - JC Ritchie 66 69 67 67

271 - Wilco Nienaber 65 68 71 67

274 - Hennie du Plessis 65 69 70 70, Jacques Kruyswijk 67 64 69 74

275 - Louis de Jager 67 64 71 73

276 - Ross Mcgowan 68 68 71 69

277 - Anton Haig 66 73 72 66, Jens Dantorp 68 71 68 70

278 - Daniel van Tonder 63 72 71 72

279 - Breyten Meyer 68 68 73 70, Christopher Mivis 70 69 70 70, Craig Howie 67 70 71 71, Neil Schietekat 68 70 69 72

280 - Jake Roos 71 70 70 69, Jbe' Kruger 73 66 68 73

281 - Andre Nel 67 73 70 71, Keenan Davidse 72 68 70 71, Marcel Schneider 67 70 72 72, Clement Sordet 68 68 71 74

282 - Anthony Michael 68 71 75 68, Daniel Young 72 69 73 68, Bernd Ritthammer 66 74 72 70, Rourke van der Spuy 67 71 73 71, Mitch Waite 73 68 70 71, Todd Clements 66 71 73 72, Jaco Van Zyl 68 68 72 74, Anton Karlsson 68 68 72 74, Bryce Easton 67 70 70 75

283 - Nicolai Hojgaard 68 73 74 68, Christiaan Basson 72 68 74 69, Kyle Barker 67 74 71 71, Garth Mulroy 67 73 70 73, Jaco Prinsloo 68 72 70 73, Stuart Manley 68 73 68 74

284 - Aron Zemmer 68 70 77 69, Hennie Otto 70 70 74 70, Stephen Ferreira 68 72 73 71, Ockie Strydom 70 69 73 72, Garrick Higgo 70 68 73 73, Eirik Tage Johansen 68 68 74 74, James Allan 69 69 71 75

285 - Laurie Canter 67 70 79 69, Henric Sturehed 72 69 75 69, Kristoffer Reitan 72 68 75 70, Lorenzo Scalise 67 72 75 71, Mathieu Fenasse 70 70 74 71, Rhys Enoch 74 64 73 74, Deon Germishuys 68 72 71 74, Keith Horne 70 70 70 75

286 - Lyle Rowe 69 72 76 69, Jaco Ahlers 70 71 75 70, Ben Stow 71 70 73 72, Toto Thimba 67 71 75 73, Dylan Naidoo 70 70 71 75, Ruan Conradie 69 69 72 76

287 - Oliver Lindell 68 71 79 69, Jacques Blaauw 71 68 77 71, David Dixon 68 69 77 73, Jake Redman 67 71 74 75, Herman Loubser 69 71 72 75, Niklas Norgaard Moller 72 69 71 75, Santiago Tarrio Ben 69 72 71 75

288 - Martin Rohwer 70 71 77 70, Matt Ford 75 66 75 72, CJ du Plessis 71 70 73 74, MJ Viljoen 65 72 73 78, Federico Maccario 68 68 73 79

289 - Pep Angles 67 74 75 73, Robin Petersson 71 69 75 74, Joel Stalter 73 67 75 74, Chase Hanna 68 73 72 76, Matias Calderon 70 71 72 76

291 - Harry Ellis 74 67 76 74, Teboho Sefatsa 69 72 72 78

292 - Jonas Kolbing 66 75 78 73

294 - Nathan Kimsey 72 69 79 74

- Sunshine Tour

 

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