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Golf | SA

Torben triumphs at Q-School



Torben Baumann shot an incredible 62 at Schoeman Park Golf Club on Saturday to reach a 26-under-par total and claim victory at the Sunshine Tour’s Qualifying School.

“I can’t believe it! I’ve never won such a big tournament, and when I got into the last round I knew I had to go for it. I played 10-under-par today, which is incredible for me,” he said.

The German was electric over the final 18, carding 31 on either side of the turn to finish the tournament 10 shots better than last year’s winning total of 16-under-par.

“This is really special and I feel very good now. I have a strong mind after this, and anything is possible. I played some big tournaments in Germany, but I’ve never won a tournament as big as this,” he said.

The 265 Qualifying School entrants played two rounds at both Bloemfontein and Schoeman Park Golf Clubs before a cut to the top 60 and ties, who played a final round at Schoeman Park, after which the top 30 and ties received cards. This year the mark fell at six-under-par, with 36 golfers making the grade and earning playing privileges for the 2013 Sunshine Tour season.

The scoring was incredible over the week and Baumann led the charge, carding 33 birdies and two eagles on his way to rounds of 70, 70, 67, 65 and 62. On Saturday the final three-ball carded a collective 18 birdies and two eagles.

The tournament had 42 international entrants and reflected the growth of the Sunshine Tour, which now carries six events co-sanctioned with the European Tour.

“I decided in November to come here where it’s warm during the European winter,” said Baumann. “I plan to try for a European Tour card in the future, and the co-sanctioned events are a big advantage of the Sunshine Tour. I am really looking forward to the year.”

In spite of the quality field, nine amateurs earned cards, all of them South African. Leading the amateur front was Duane Keun, who carded a final-round 67 to claim sixth place.

“I can’t ask for anything better. This really means the world to me, because this is my first time here, and I’m just an amateur. Everything turned out perfectly,” he said.

JP van der Walt capped off a great week with a 66 at Schoeman Park, earning sole second on 23-under, while first-round leader MJ Daffue made two eagles en route to third place on 21-under-par.

The full 68 players who made the cut will receive Big Easy Tour cards, but Saturday’s happiest were the 36, who eagerly signed entry forms to the Telkom PGA Pro-Am – the first event on the 2013 Sunshine Tour schedule.

FINAL SCORES:

334 - Torben Baumann (GER) 70 70 67 65 62

337 - JP van der Walt 66 66 69 70 66

339 -MJ Daffue 63 70 70 69 67, Johan de Beer 72 66 67 64 70

343 - Dylan Frittelli 69 69 70 67 68

344 - Duane Keun (AMA) 72 70 71 66 65, Jacques Kruyswijk (AMA) 74 70 65 64 71

345 - Bradley Sinnett (AMA) 66 73 65 74 67

346 - Laurie Canter (ENG) 68 74 66 72 66, Bennie van der Merwe 68 70 68 66 74

348 - Michael Stewart (SCO) 72 70 67 70 69, James Byrne (SCO) 68 66 73 71 70, Erik van Rooyen (AMA) 70 72 69 67 70

349 - Brandon Detweiler (USA) 70 68 73 68 70, Shaun Ellis 69 72 68 70 70, Jean-Paul Strydom (AMA) 70 65 72 71 71

350 - Jacques van Tonder 71 71 68 68 72, Le Roux Ferreira 69 71 69 68 73

352 - Henk Alberts 68 74 71 73 66, Desné van den Bergh (AMA) 70 72 71 69 70, Gerhard Trytsman 69 71 71 71 70, CJ du Plessis (AMA) 71 67 71 72 71, Clifford Howes 72 70 72 66 72, Ross McGowan (ENG) 70 68 71 69 74

353 - Kyle Stevens (AMA) 72 70 73 67 71, Maritz Wessels 70 71 69 72 71, Gert Myburgh (AMA) 74 72 68 67 72, Bryan Martin (USA) 73 69 66 71 74

354 - Juan Langeveld 68 74 73 72 67, Francesco Laporta (ITA) 74 69 74 69 68, Daniel Hammond 75 68 68 74 69, Drikus Bruyns (AMA) 69 73 72 70 70, Adrian Ford 72 72 69 70 71, Shaun Smith 77 70 66 69 72, Richard Porter (GER) 74 69 70 69 72, Musiwalo Nethunzwi 72 71 68 69 74

355 - Roberto Lupini 71 71 70 73 70, Aubrey Barnard (AMA) 71 72 71 71 70, Michael Downes (ENG) 69 71 71 74 70, Scott Ferguson (ZIM) 71 69 73 72 70, Rhys Enoch (WAL) 73 69 71 71 71, Gregory Molteni (ITA) 73 70 70 71 71, Irvin Mazibuko 69 73 69 70 74

356 - Ryan Strauss 73 71 75 68 69, Paul Elton 70 73 68 73 72, Michael Loppnow (AMA) 70 70 73 70 73

357 - James du Plessis 73 75 72 67 70, Johann Mostert 68 70 73 74 72, Anton Haig 72 75 69 69 72, Otto van Greunen (AMA) 70 71 71 73 72, Steven van Heerden 75 70 70 70 72, Jaco Olver 72 70 71 72 72, Tim Rice (IRL) 71 68 71 73 74

358 - Paul Bradshaw 66 78 69 73 72, Floris de Vries (NED) 72 72 73 67 74, Terence Boardman 69 66 79 69 75, Neo Thubisi 71 72 70 69 76

359 - Joe Braddon (ENG) 78 76 69 64 72, James Searson (AMA) 73 71 70 72 73

360 - Ignatius Mketekete (ZIM) 72 73 69 73 73, Bertie Steenkamp (AMA) 68 74 68 75 75, Charlie Ford (ENG) 73 68 75 68 76

362 - Jacques de Villiers (AMA) 73 75 67 72 75, Brett Liddle 70 75 72 70 75, Riaan Matthee 76 78 68 65 75

363 - Justin Levy (NED) 74 71 75 67 76

364 - Patrick Spindler 69 72 71 73 79

365 - Jaco Prinsloo 76 71 71 69 78

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