Jacques Blaauw took advantage of some enforced time off on Friday to get a win under the belt when he won on the Bushveld Tour at Glendower Golf Club.
Blaauw, who missed the cut in the Sunshine Tour’s Serengeti Pro-Am Invitational, made an eagle, six birdies and two bogeys on his way to a six-under-par 66 and a three-stroke victory over Benjamin Follett-Smith, Daniel Nduva and Ian Snyman.
“It was definitely a good confidence builder,” said Blaauw, “but I did feel this week at Serengeti that my game is getting better.”
His opening nine set him up: He made birdie on the par-five second, and two more on the par-fours on the fourth and ninth. But it was the eagle on the par-five eighth that set him up so he could cruise to victory along the back nine.
His bogeys came on the 11th and 12th, but he quickly righted the ship and made three more birdies going home on the 13th, 15th and 18th.
“Glendower is always a great test and an awesome course,” he said. “It is great to play even when missing the cut at Serengeti. So I got an opportunity to make some money. The Bushveld Tour is a great mini-tour. They are well-managed events and I’m enjoying that they are one-day and two-day events.”
Andrew McLardy was in fifth on two-under 70, together with Arno Pretorius, women’s pro Casandra Hall and amateur Ryan Dreyer.