Teboho Sefatsa has been touring without a win for nine long years, but all of that changed with his one-stroke victory at the BMG Classic on Sunday.
ÂIÂve finally broken through and it feels fantastic. It hasnÂt totally hit me yet, but IÂm sure when I get home it will sink in. My career really takes off from here Â this is where the hard work begins,Â he said.
ItÂs amazing what confidence does for golfers, as Sefatsa proved with his victory, which came exactly a month after he won the Big Easy Tour Order of Merit.
ÂIÂve got to give thanks to the Big Easy Tour Â I played the whole season there and it honed my game. I won the Order of Merit and it got me prepared for the second half of the season. IÂm really grateful for that, and IÂm chuffed that I could turn that success into a win,Â he said.
The 29-year-old plays out of Glendower and put local knowledge to good use on the back nine, keeping bogeys off his card until the 18th. His long run without a drop shifted all of the pressure to his chasers, who faltered under the strain.
Merrick Bremner managed a final-round 69 to claim sole second at nine-under-par, while overnight leader Matthew Carvell shot a Sunday 71 to share third with Desvonde Botes.
But Sefatsa was paying little attention to his competitors on Sunday, focusing instead on his own game.
ÂI wasnÂt feeling the pressure until the final hole,Â he said. ÂI knew I had one hand on the trophy and I just needed to put the other one on it. I was ecstatic after I made that last putt,Â he said.
ThatÂs not to say Sefatsa was quiet during the final round – he roared through the front nine in 32 blows, courtesy of an eagle at the second and birdies at the first, seventh and eighth.
It was a special day for the Germiston resident, who has been grinding without success for so long. And it was really a great kickstart to summer Â Sefatsa automatically moves into category 3c until the end of 2013, which means heÂll have oodles of confidence and few worries going into the lucrative co-sanctioned events this summer.
ÂOnto bigger things with more hard work, so IÂve got to keep going. The sky is the limit. Everyone has their turn Â you just have to be patient and work hard Â that pays off in the end,Â he said.