O’Riley hunting big piece of pie at Wild Coast

At third in the Rookie of the Year race, Dean O’Riley will be after a big cheque at the R1,2-million Nashua Masters at Wild Coast Sun Country Club this week.

He has announced himself on the Sunshine Tour by recording 10 top-25 finishes from 18 starts this year, but has a R335,943.12 mountain to overcome in order to catch Rookie of the Year leader Allan Versfeld.

O’Riley includes a victory at Kempton Park Golf Club to his three top-10 finishes in just six starts on the Sunshine Big Easy Tour presented by Stonehage.

His best result of the year came at the Nashua Golf Challenge at Gary Player Country Club. O’Riley shot a final-round 66 to claim third place and pocket a cool R40,000.

Coincidentally, Gary Player won the South African Masters 10 times during his career.

O’Riley will surely want to forget last week’s BMG Classic, where he missed the cut for the first time since late August.

He has been playing great golf over the last two months and most recently took a share of 19th at the Suncoast Classic at Durban Country Club.

September was a solid month for O’Riley, who took a share of 25th at the Telkom PGA Pro-Am before claiming his portion of 10th at the Northern Cape Classic on the back of a final-round 68.

Later in September he shot 69 for the first and third round of the Vodacom Origins of Golf Final, but his 74 on day hampered his result and left O’Riley to share sixth.

Just before the month ended he shot the lights out of the Platinum Classic second round, carding 64 before going on to share 11th at 11-under-par.

Earlier in the year O’Riley took a share of 21st at the Africom Zimbabwe Open, tied for 20th at the Dimension Data Pro-Am and tied for 24th at the Investec Royal Swazi Open.

The 22-year-old rookie holds 45th on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit and could crack the top-40 with a solid result at the Nashua Masters this week.

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