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Former IGT Tour graduates Danie van Tonder and Nicole Garcia made a welcome return to the IGT Pro Golf Tour in August to get the rust off after the winter break. Two-time Sunshine Tour winner Van Tonder finished fourth in the CA Academy Classic at Wingate Park Country Club, while Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies champion Garcia tied for sixth in the Gary Player School For Champions Academy Classic at Kyalami Country Club. Both players cut their pro teeth on the country’s premier development Tour – Danie was a 10-time IGT Tour winner in 2011 before he joined the Sunshine Tour, while Nicole campaigned on the IGT Tour to prepare for the Ladies European Tour Qualifying School in 2013. We asked Danie and Nicole their impressions about the IGT Tour and its role in South Africa.

DANIE VAN TONDER

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“Coming back turned into a really nice home-coming. The IGT Tour gave me a very good idea of what to expect in the pro ranks and a load of confidence that got me through that first brutal year on the Sunshine Tour. It’s cut-throat in the paid ranks, but I was ready for it and I faced it head-on. The Sunshine Tour had a long winter break and coming back to the IGT Tour gave me a chance to get competitive again. The IGT Tour has become a very serious outfit. I was amazed at how much it has grown and how high the standard is. The guys are really competitive and that’s great for golf.”

NICOLE GARCIANicoleGarcia

“I’m ranked 34th at the moment, but I have to make every start count, so I decided to play the IGT Tour to get my game sharp before I left for the Helsingborg Open in Sweden. The standard has really improved and the IGT Tour compares very well with the world mini-tours. They set up the course for ladies now and it’s very close to standard on the Sunshine Ladies and Ladies European Tours. A year-long development Tour is a huge advantage for the amateurs, the Big Easy guys and the ladies. It teaches the younger players the rigours of the pro ranks while giving us the opportunity to stay competitive.”

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Steven van Heerden claimed successive titles on the IGT KZN Tour with victory in the KZN Winter Swing Cotswold Downs in Hillcrest. The 28-year-old former Sunshine Tour professional won the KZN Winter Swing Kloof in June and a fortnight later defeated amateur Marc van Deventer by three strokes at Cotswold Downs Country Club with a pair of 75s for
win number two.

PRO SQUAD CLASSIC

Less than two weeks after he lifted the Sishen Open title, Christiaan Bezuidenhout stitched up his third IGT Tour title with a wire-to-wire victory in the Pro Squad Classic at Centurion Country Club. The Wanna Be A Champion player closed with a 75 for a four stroke victory.

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CA ACADEMY CLASSIC 

Less than two weeks after he lifted the Sishen Open title, Christiaan Bezuidenhout stitched up his third IGT Tour title with a wire-to-wire victory in the Pro Squad Classic at Centurion Country Club. The Wanna Be A Champion player closed with a 75 for a four stroke victory.

 

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DURBANVILLE CLASSIC

Adrian Ford ran up an IGT Cape double when he cruised to victory in testing conditions in the Durbanville Classic at his home course. Ford, who claimed victory in the Milnerton Classic in June, carded a final round 69 at Durbanville Golf Club to edge out Westlake Classic champion Heinrich Bruiners and Eric van Rooyen for a two stroke victory on 14-under-par 202.

 

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Juan Swart chased down Centurion Country Club’s second title in August with a wire-to-wire victory in the IGT Tour’s The Golf School of Excellence’s Academy Classic at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington. Swart overcame a stumbling start at the East Course to close with a 69 and a two stroke victory over Simon Kruger on eight under 216.

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It was more work than he bargained for, but Drew Roelofsz joined Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Michael Palmer as the third IGT Tour hat-trick winner this season when he claimed a one stroke victory in the Gary Player School for Champions Academy Classic at Kyalami Country Club. Roelofsz edged out Christiaan Pretorius for victory on six under 210.

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