Field wide open for final co-sanctioned event with MENA Tour

ROARSSTAptly billed as The Roar, the third and final event on the MENA Golf Tour’s maiden safari to South Africa will have an added element of suspense when it tees off at Waterkloof Golf Club on Wednesday.

In a fulsome reflection on the array of talent on show, the first two events in the Rainbow nation have thrown up two different winners and, if the script holds good, a new champion could well emerge from the evening shadows to soak up the roars coming down the stretch on Friday.

That certain someone will need to fire on all cylinders to step up to the plate and conquer a field that offers no clear favourite on a course punctuated by fast-paced and undulating greens.

Though last week’s winner Craig Hinton is missing from the line-up, the presence of four MENA Golf Tour winners and Bryandrew Roelofsz will add star value to the event which will see a full field of 120 players, representing 15 countries, battle it out for honours.

South African Roelofsz, who currently leads the Big Easy Tour Order of Merit standings, will be looking to rediscover the form that won him the South to East Challenge, the inaugural MENA Golf Tour event in South Africa, two weeks ago and sign off on a bright note.

The Roar will mark the conclusion of three co-sanctioned events between the Sunshine Big Easy Tour and the MENA Tour, and Roelofsz believes it’s a brilliant platform to develop golf locally and abroad.

“Having these co-sanctioned events is great for the Sunshine and Big Easy Tour guys as well as the MENA Tour guys. It’s a great platform that has been started and, hopefully, we can have many more events like this,” he said.

Hoping to make his presence felt will be Thriston Lawrence, the winner of the MENA Golf Tour’s Order of Merit title last year. The 19-year-old prodigy showed signs of his considerable promise with a top-10 finish at the South to East Challenge, but will need a victory on home soil to put his fledgling campaign back on track.

Other MENA Golf Tour notables in the field include Scotland’s Paul Doherty, Englishman Scott Campbell, the winner of 2015 MENA Tour Championship, and Antonio Costa of Chile who all will be aiming to finish the South Africa leg of the tour as strongly as possible at Waterkloof Golf Club.

One of the most popular courses in the Pretoria area, Waterkloof — formerly Monument Golf Club — was established in 1969, before it was redesigned by Peter Matkovich in 2004.

Highlighted by a mixture of well-placed trees, bunkers and exciting greens, the Waterkloof layout tests every aspect of the game.

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