Blaauw out to rule Sishen course again

CityPress - - Sport - PULE MOKHINE pmokhine@city­press.co.za

Jac­ques Blaauw will re­turn to a con­quered course when he de­fends his Vo­da­com Ori­gins of Golf ti­tle at Sishen Golf and Coun­try Club in Kathu, North­ern Cape, from Thurs­day.

The 31-year-old Cen­tu­rion-based player won last year’s event in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion. He put on a masterclass per­for­mance in the fi­nal round to take home the R700 000 prize on the first hole of a play-off with The­u­nis Span­gen­berg.

Blaauw, one of the few Sunshine Tour play­ers with the gift to hit the ball re­mark­ably far, will be out to prove that last year’s vic­tory was no fluke.

He reg­is­tered two vic­to­ries in sim­i­lar events in 2013 at the Vo­da­com Ori­gins of Golf Si­mola and Vo­ca­com Ori­gins of Golf Sel­borne in the space of a month.

Ac­cord­ing to Sunshine Tour me­dia of­fi­cer Mike Green, Blaauw is in a great frame of mind to make a suc­cess­ful ti­tle de­fence.

“I be­lieve he has been play­ing in the US, where he has been com­pet­ing un­der the ban­ner of Web.com, which is the de­vel­op­men­tal tour for the PGA Tour.

“Ob­vi­ously, this is an in­di­ca­tion that his golf is tops,” said Green.

Blaauw will most likely en­counter stiff com­pe­ti­tion from the likes of Doug McGuigan, who has won eight times on the Sunshine Tour. His last vic­tory came at the Vo­da­com Ori­gins of Golf at St Fran­cis two weeks ago, where he carded a score of -13 for a to­tal of 203.

With the three-day con­test boast­ing a field that in­cludes Zam­bian Madal­itso Muthiya, and in-form lo­cal golfers Makhetha Maz­ibuko and Musi­walo Nethun­zwi, golf lovers are in for a treat.

Muthiya won the Vo­da­com Ori­gins of Golf Wild Coast in July last year, clos­ing with a score of -11 for 199.

PHOTO: GALLO

Jac­ques Blaauw will be de­fend­ing his ti­tle

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