Andrew lights up Houghton with first win

Andrew Light cruised to a nine-under-par total and secured a three-shot maiden win for himself after shooting level-par 72 at Big Easy Houghton on Wednesday.

 

“Today was a bit of a struggle compared to yesterday, but I didn’t get angry. It feels good to win and I’m glad I was able to stay patient when I wasn’t making putts,” he said.

 

On day one the Mossel Bay local carded a bogey-free 63 and set a new course record at Houghton Golf Club, which secured a three-shot lead for his start on Wednesday morning.

 

During the final round Light adjusted to the position of tournament leader quickly. While Henk Alberts and Gert Myburgh began to chase, Light kept ahead during the front nine and made only one deviation from par – a bogey at the fourth.

 

A steady front nine meant the soon-to-be Big Easy champion held all the cards going down the stretch, but it was not until the 22-year-old walked off the 15th with a birdie that he knew victory was within his grasp.

 

“By the time I got to the 15th I saw the scoreboard and I was 10-under with the next-best guy on five-under, so it wasn’t too nerve-racking. You still tell yourself that it’s not over until the end, but by the time I got to the 18th tee I knew it was mine. It was great to walk down the last few holes like I did today,” he said.

 

Myburgh had a chance at Big Easy Centurion last week and finished tied third. This week’s result of tied second means the 26-year-old only has one more rung to climb on the ladder to victory – he’s ready for the win.

 

Alberts made a good charge at the title with a final-round 67, but it was not enough to bring down the lead and he joined Myburgh in a share of second on six-under-par. Grant Veenstra and Callie Swart both shot 69 on Wednesday to share fifth place on five-under.

 

Light, the 2013 Southern Cape Sportsman of the Year and new Big Easy Tour winner, has his game back in check and a victory under his belt. The next move is to the Sunshine Tour, where he wants to continue shining.

 

“This tour is a stepping stone in the right direction. We always wonder whether we can play at this level and winning today has given me confidence, which is what golf is all about. If you have it then you can pretty much do anything,” he said.

 

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