Durban’s Harvey secures hard-fought Gowrie win

2011-01-15 00:00

JARED Harvey, of Mount Edgecombe Country Club, held his nerve to win the third annual Gowrie Farm Invitational yesterday.

The big-hitting Harvey, who has plans to turn professional at the end of the year, secured his triumph with a level-par score of 140 over the two rounds.

That the final score was not under par illustrated just how challenging the links layout was, even for some of the country’s most promising future stars.

Harvey’s day started earlier than most, as he still had six holes to complete from the weather-disrupted first round.

Resuming on two-under, the powerful KZN star managed to hold it together in tough conditions to share the first round lead on two-under 68, which was matched by Herman Minnie. The second round started mid-morning and Harvey was pushed hard by Minnie, Brendon de Lange (who shot a first round 69) and the impressive CJ du Plessis.

With the course lengthened for the final round, scoring low numbers was certainly not on the cards. The wind then also got up, and some first-time visitors were caught off-guard by the course’s penal nature.

At the head of the field, Harvey continued to strike the ball well and stay out of the dreaded, deep grass.

The strong wind blew many hopes away, and the pressure of the final nine told on Harvey’s chasers.

The South African cap just did what he had to, and his two-over par 72 was matched only by Du Plessis, as the round’s best score.

Du Plessis had shot a first round par 70, and that two-stroke cushion was to prove decisive for Durban’s Harvey, who will take the confidence from this victory into the next two amateur events, which will be held at Prince’s Grant and San Lameer.

The Gowrie Invitational continues to grow in stature, and the players who were first-time visitors were thoroughly impressed by the links layout and the club’s hospitality.

The immaculate condition of the course has also seen it earn plaudits, and the green-keeping staff must be commended for providing a platform for the tourney’s continued growth.

 

SCORES

140 — J. Harvey

142 — C. J. du Plessis

143 — H. Minnie

145 — G. Myburgh

146 — B. de Lange, S Pienaar

147 — S. van Heerden

 

 

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