Jeff triumphs at Maccauvlei

Jeff Inglis put on a show at Maccauvlei Golf Club on Wednesday, shooting a four-under-par 68 for a five-stroke victory in the R100 000 tournament presented by Stonehage.

“I’m over the moon. I thought it was a bit closer, because we couldn’t see leaderboards out there. In the end winning it by five is great,” he said.

It was the second Sunshine Big Easy Tour victory for Inglis, and a third win will secure a Sunshine Tour card for him. He was still keen to continue with the development tour, however, and said: “There is no recipe for winning, but three wins would be fantastic. What this tour has done is unbelievable, so going forward it would be nice continue to play on this tour – it’s just awesome out here.”

The 34-year-old’s first victory came at Big Easy Benoni in May, yet this week it was a different affair – his 68 matched the best round of the day and he finished five strokes clear of a five-way tie for second. Those sharing second place were Wynand Dingle, Daniel Hammond, Paul Bradshaw, PG van Zyl and Jared Harvey.

The field had to contend with snow during the first round, which caused a delay in play until Wednesday morning. Inglis was unphased by the break and confidently played his way to the win.

“I’ve never had a snowed-out round, but it makes for a good day of rest,” he chuckled. “We had to come out today and get some extra holes in, but it paid off.

“I battled on the front nine of my morning round, but on the back I went five-under, and that really kick-started my day. The second round just came right after that.”

The value of the victory was not lost on Inglis, who added: “Ever since that first win you feel like you can take it every week. Obviously that’s not going to happen, so every time you pull a win you have to take it with both hands.”

Dingle equaled Inglis’ 68 for round two, but an opening 75 – which he finished double-drop, drop, drop – was too much to overcome and he was left to share second.

Likewise Riekus Nortje, a two-time winner on the Big Easy Tour, shot four-under for his second round. The rookie finished in a share of seventh at level par.

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