He’s Dean of the golf faculty
DEAN Burmester roared to his fourth win of the year with a five-shot victory at the Vodacom Origins of Golf presented by Samsung at Koro Creek Golf Estate. “I can’t really put it into words,” he said. “To be standing here with four wins and leading the Chase to the Investec Cup is difficult to get my head around.” Burmester finished on 19-under-par 197 after rounds of 64, 66 and 67. Vaughn Groenewald was second on 202, followed by Toto Thimba on 203 and Anthony Michael on 205.
Rookie Rourke wins
ROURKE van der Spuy had an anxious wait in the clubhouse and hoped that his 12-under-par total at the Sun Fish River Challenge would hold, but in the end it did and he became a first time winner on the Sunshine Tour.
“You always dream of these moments and never really know when they will come. But this is what we play for,” said Van der Spuy who shot 65-67 for 12-under 132. Merrick Bremner was second on 133, and Callum Mowat third on 135.
Swanepoel in play-off victory
CHRIS Swanepoel loves nothing more than a good scrap, match-play style, and he used that to help him to a win over Ulrich van den Burg to take the R700 000 Sun Boardwalk Challenge at Humewood Golf Club. The pair were locked on eight-under-par 208 after the 54 holes of regulation play, and it took an extra trip up the 18th before Swanepoel birdied the first hole of the sudden-death play-off to win his fourth Sunshine Tour title, and his second in a play-off. Van den Berg took second with Andrew Georgiou, Lindani Ndwandwe and Mark Fensham sharing third on 211.
Basson king of the Links
CHRISTIAAN Basson won his fourth Sunshine Tour title at the St. Francis Links, where he carded a final round of 69 for a one-shot victory in the Vodacom Origins of Golf presented by Samsung. The 33-year-old played solidly through the week and was 11-under-par after the 54 holes, which set him one shot clear of Zimbabwean Mark Williams and two ahead of Bryce Bibby and Zander Lombard.