Teboho back to winning ways

Teboho Sefatsa made four one-putts over his closing holes at Crown Mines Golf Club on Friday to win the Vusi Ngubeni Qualifying School by one shot on a 285-stroke total.


“I had four one-putts to finish. They were clutch putts and to make them shows that I have what it takes. The highlight of my round was the putt on 18. To sink a 15-footer under that pressure and win the tournament was good,” he said.


It was a day when dreams came true at a tournament that is designed to help previously disadvantaged golfers find their feet on tour. A total of 15 players won Sunshine Tour cards for the coming season, with a further 25 taking home Big Easy Tour cards.


“I think this is a great tournament,” said Sefatsa. “I played with an impressive young man yesterday – Neo Thubisi – he’s a great talent and all he lacks is resources. If he gets the right backing there is no reason that he can’t be up there on tour. That’s the case with most of the guys, so it’s all about changing that.”


Allister de Kock, who missed the cut by one shot last year, shot 70 during the final round to claim sole second. He was ecstatic after earning another chance to play on tour.


“To lose my card last year was very disappointing and I’m so glad to be back. I liked being in contention this week and to achieve this result is fantastic. I think I’ve become a much more mature player and I want to get on top this season,” he said.


Barely able to speak and full of laughter was leading amateur Mpho Mafishe, who impressed with a Friday 72 that secured his tour card for 2014. He finished tied for seventh on four-over-par.


“I’m overwhelmed,” he smiled. “I don’t know how long I’ve been looking forward to this, and I don’t even believe it myself yet! It was nerve-wracking, it wasn’t easy, but I kept myself calm. To know I’m going to be teeing it up with the Sunshine Tour pros is an impossible feeling to describe right now.”


Overnight leader Kenneth Dube finished sole third on one-under-par and was followed by John Bele and Neo Thubisi, both of whom shared fourth on level-par 288.


Sefatsa won the BMG Classic in 2012, but struggled through the 2013 season despite his exemptions into big events. After his win this Friday he was ready try it all over again.


“When you’ve been down that road you know how to handle yourself better and it did me good today. I just think I got the formula all wrong last year – equipment, practice routine, you name it. It feels like I’m in the right direction now and I just have to keep on going through the summer,” he said.


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