Free State Open, Maccauvlei GC Scores: 65-70-66-72 (273) Runner-up: Andre Nel 73-67-67-69 (276) How he did it: It was a first win since 2014 for Smith (Irene), who had fallen to No 15 in the Golf Digest rankings at the end of 2016. Smith, 22, played for SA in the 2014 World Amateur in Japan after winning the SA Strokeplay that year, but his last victory had come in the 2014 Ekurhuleni Open. Smith led wire-to-wire at Maccauvlei (he had a six-shot lead going into the final round), opening with a 9-birdie 65 (31-34), and he finished with 19 birdies and an eagle over 72 holes. NOTABLE: Andre Nel (Kingswood), 21, has been one of the most consistent performers the last two years, heading the Golf Digest rankings in 2015, but his only victory in that time has been at matchplay, the 2015 WP Amateur. Surprisingly, this was his best 72-hole tournament finish. He had 18 birdies and two eagles.