Dylan Frittelli romped to his maiden win at Roodepoort Golf Club on Wednesday, carding a final-round 67 for a three-stroke victory at the R100,000 Sunshine Big Easy Tour tournament presented by Stonehage.
“Winning feels great. It was good, not only to win, but to put in a good performance and shoot 67 today. I'm really glad to get that monkey off my back and win one, especially so early in the season,” he said.
The 22-year-old held the overnight lead after carding a bogey-free 65 on Tuesday, and continued to dominate during the final round on Wednesday, finishing three strokes clear of runner up Callie Swart.
“Callie had a great final round shooting 64 today,” said Frittelli. “He really pushed me coming down the stretch and I would have been far more nervous playing the last four holes if I didn’t have a one or two-shot cushion!”
Roodepoort offered up plenty of birdies during the final round, and Frittelli had to find an extra gear to fend off the challenge of Swart and Kenya’s Stephan Engell Anderson, who shot 64 and 66 respectively. The turning point of the day was an eagle by Frittelli at the par-five 14th.
“The back nine got a bit more exciting and that eagle on 14 was a game-changer for me,” said Frittelli. “I was thinking that I needed to start scoring, and I hit driver and then six-iron to about 25 feet, and I managed to chip in from there. It just put everything back into place!”
With his Big Easy cheque in hand, the future star from Johannesburg was excited about his chances of taking the Big Easy Order of Merit, and added: “I started gearing up for this about six days ago and I wanted to enjoy this and the competition these guys gave me. I’d like to build on this win and play a few more of these events and hopefully make it to the Tour Championship at the end of the year.”
Frittelli’s next stop is the European Challenge Tour’s Challenge de Madrid, and he’ll head to Spain with heaps of confidence now that he has a win under his belt.
Two-time Big Easy Tour winner Jared Harvey shot a Wednesday 67 to share fourth with Sunshine Tour veteran Brett Liddle, while Derik Ferreira, Juan Langeveld and Jacques van Tonder, tied for sixth on six-under.
Haydn Porteous, the top ranked amateur in South Africa, received an invitation through a development partnership between the Sunshine Tour and the South African Golf Association. Porteous took full advantage of the opportunity and finished tied ninth on five-under-par, matching the result of European Tour winner Anton Haig.