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Roux leads from start to finish to win in Pietermaritzburg

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Gerlou Roux has fired a closing 72 to complete a wire-to-wire victory in the South African Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship in Pietermaritzburg.
The country’s top ranked mid-amateur was in imperious form over four days at Victoria Country Club in KwaZulu-Natal, having opened with a five-under-par 66 en route to an impressive seven-under-par 277 total and a four stroke victory over fellow Western Province player Elton James.
The winning display – his fifth on the mid-amateur circuit this season – left the 38-year-old Roux extremely satisfied.
‘I had the lead from day one and kept it, but that was quite a lot of pressure and it feels really good that I was able to pull it through,” Roux said.
‘I just felt my game was there, but more importantly, I had to sleep on the lead for three nights and needed a lot of patience out there to keep the focus going.
‘It’s a wonderful feeling to know that I have excelled on both the Open Amateur and Mid-Amateur circuits. I wasn’t just a one-day-wonder, and this victory gives me a lot of confidence.”
Former KwaZulu-Natal golfer James had to settle for second place at the end of 72 holes having made much of the early running.
He enjoyed a pair of birdies on either side of a bogey at the par-four fifth and led by four strokes after a birdie at the 10th, however the Westlake golfer’s challenge imploded with a triple bogey at the par-five 11th and a double at the par-four 12th.
Although dropped shots at 11 and 13, the Bellville golfer steadied the ship with three successive pars and back-to-back birdies at the closing holes.
James suffered a run of three bogeys from the 13th, but parred the last three holes for a 75.
Roux cemented his spot at the top of the Mid-Amateur rankings, but hopes he has done enough to earn double national colours this season.
‘One of my goals this year was to become the first player to wear the green and gold on Open Amateur and Mid-Amateur level,’ he said. ‘I represented South Africa at the Leopard Trophy and the Southern Cross Invitational. Hopefully this victory will be good enough to get me in the Mid-Amateur team for France later this year.”

FINAL RESULT
277 – Gerlou Roux 66 67 72 72
281 – Elton James 69 69 68 75
283 – Hugo Delport 70 72 72 69
287 – Ryan Dreyer 70 70 75 72
291 – Greg Sheard 75 72 77 67
294 – Kevin Sharp 75 71 76 72
295 – Norman Phillips 78 72 70 75; Neil Homann 76 79 75 65; Brian Peterson 75 78 70 72; Sean Quigley 71 72 76 76
296 – Henk Geldenhuys 75 71 76 74; Keith Forde 71 76 79 70
297 – Mario Olivier 76 75 73 73
298 – Lyall McNeill 80 73 72 73; Cameron Johnston 75 72 80 71
299 – Brett Langston 75 75 74 75
302 – Greg Heuer 82 74 73 73; Johan du Toit 78 75 76 73
303 – Deon Joubert 79 77 73 74; Jauqo Jacobs 77 72 76 78; Gustav Verster 75 75 78 75
304 – Craig Collins 77 74 81 72; Pierre Spies 72 77 74 81
305 – John Richard Kew 74 76 80 75
306 – Hardus Maritz 78 73 79 76; Dean Armitage 77 77 78 74
307 – Kalvin Parsons 74 79 77 77; Jan Delport 73 84 79 71


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