Brilliant Irene triumph for Beckley

2016 Big Easy Tour - Irene : Day 222-year-old amateur Aubrey Beckley claimed the Big Easy – Irene by one-stroke from Makhetha Mazibuko after a flawless final round six-under-par 66.

“I must say coming into the week I wasn’t expecting that. I’m really pleased and I just want to say thank you to everybody and to the Big Easy Tour for giving me the opportunity,” said Beckley.

Beckley, who had his girlfriend on the bag, fought the emotions that come with leading a professional event.

“I must be honest, I said to my girlfriend who was caddying for me, I said to her a couple of times, check my hand it’s shaking. So the emotions were there and the stress was there, but I think it was good emotions and good stress. I prefer it that way, compared to feeling comfortable. It was fun and I really enjoyed it out there,” explained Beckley.

With plans to turn professional looming, Beckley takes away an invaluable lesson from two days of golf amongst Sunshine Tour and Big Easy Tour campaigners.

“To be bogey-free today was really important. It was one of my goals, trying to keep the blue ones off the card today. It’s a big difference playing in the final round of a professional event. Like I said, the emotions were up there today compared to the amateur golf. My plans next year are to join the guys that are here, so it was nice to see what it’s all about and I really enjoyed it,” he said.

As for more immediate plans, Beckley has his sights set on teeing it up at the prestigious South African Open Championship, an event co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour and European Tour.

“For now, it’s a big target for me to get into the S.A. Open as an amateur. For that I think I have to be in the top three or four in the amateur rankings. So that’s a goal of mine closer to the end of the year, but we’ll see what happens,” said Beckley.

While Mazibuko earned his second runner-up finish in as many weeks, Jaco Mouton finished in third place on nine-under-par in front of Toto Thimba and Jaco Prinsloo who finished on eight-under-par for the tournament.

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