Local duo spot on in Open

2017-05-23 06:01
Ignation Douries captured the title in the Les Autres division for golfers with a handicap between 10 and 18.

Ignation Douries captured the title in the Les Autres division for golfers with a handicap between 10 and 18. (Carl Fourie/SADGA)

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Ignation Douries and Charles Williams shone in their respective performances in the South African Disabled Open at King David Mowbray Golf Club last week.

Douries won the physically disabled overall medal for golfers with handicaps between 10 and 18.

“It feels very good for me. From 2013 I was never on the leader board in my division until now. This year I ended first for my division and I am proud of myself,” said Douries.

Douries shot 88 on the first day, but bounced back with consecutive rounds of 83 strokes to win the division by three strokes over Trevor Reich.

“I struggled a little, but playing on my home course helped, because playing in the SA Open previously was not on my home course. I have done better than I have in the last four years.

“Monday was very tough playing with an injury, where I shot 88. The final two days I shot 83, so I can feel good about it because I improved. It was almost impossible to play with an injury, but I worked hard to get here.

“I want to thank Uncle Andrew and Aunty Lily and all the sponsors who made it possible, because without them it would not have been possible. I was in the First Swing programme since 2010 and I worked very hard and they never gave up on us and I want to thank them.”

Meanwhile, Williams took home the best nett score after shooting rounds of 81, 82 and 82 respectively.

American Chad Pfeifer won his second consecutive overall title, finishing six strokes ahead of Juan Postigo from Spain.

Pfeifer, whose left leg was blown off in a landmine explosion while he served the US Army in Iraq in 2007, might have battled with the big gun off the tees, but he waved the putter brilliantly to post successive rounds of 70 for a three-shot lead over Postigo heading into the final round.

The former corporal marched around the championship layout in 72 strokes and pencilled in 12 pars and three birdies and bogeys apiece to celebrate a six-shot victory on four under par 212.

“The first nine was fine, but to be honest, my driver was a bit off coming home,” said the 34-year-old reigning World Disabled Golf champion.

“I dropped shots at 13 and 15 and I had to make a couple of really good par saves from the trees at 12 and 14 to hold the round together, so it felt really special to win it with a birdie. I battled to keep the driver in play over all three rounds and I left a few out there. I had to do a lot of scrambling, but I kept it going and it feels great to finish with a four under par.

“Anytime you get a W, it’s a great feeling and I am absolutely stoked to get this second one. It looks like coming out to South Africa is becoming a great habit.

“I’ve still a way to go to catch Ben [van Zyl] with his seven SA Open titles, but I’m incredibly proud of this achievement.”

Christo de Jager led the South African challenge overall.

The nine-handicap Les Autres golfer from Uitenhage Golf Club rounded out the top five at 232 following a 78.


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