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KwaZulu-Natal golfer Clayton Mansfield hit red-hot form just days before the prestigious Sanlam South African Amateur Championship tees off at his home course on Sunday.

The Durban Country Club player braved wet and windy conditions at Kingswood Golf Estate to beat Deon Germishuys from Western Province by one stroke for a timely victory in the Sanlam Cape Province Open.

Mansfield fired a final round two-under 70 to triumph on 11-under 275.

The win moved the recently named GolfRSA National Squad member to fifth in the South African Golf Association Open Amateur Rankings and supplied Mansfield with a huge confidence boost ahead of South African amateur golf’s flagship event.

‘I’m so stoked, especially coming after disappointing results in the last two weeks,’ said Mansfield.

‘After a top 10 in the Free State Open and top 15 in the Gauteng North Open, I expected to do well in the SA Stroke Play and the Africa Amateur. I played nicely, but the scores didn’t reflect it and I was really hunting a good result in George to prepare for the Sanlam SA Amateur.

‘I chased Deon for 71 holes and I caught him and that means a lot. I’m pleased that I put together four good rounds. This gives me great momentum to take back to Durban.’

Mansfield was one behind Germishuys and fellow Western Province golfer Chris Wicks after opening with a flawless four-under 68 at George Golf Club.

Wicks slipped from contention with a 74, but Germishuys kept control with a six-under 66, while a 69 at Kingwood kept Mansfield in touch.

Germishuys led by three shots heading into the third round at Kingswood and the reigning Southern Cape Open champion was still in pole position on 13-under after a two-under 70, however, Mansfield reeled in four birdies on the back nine for a 68 to finish two off the pace.

Overcast conditions with a threat of rain welcomed the players to the final round.

Germishuys was flawless over the first nine holes and turned two under, while a trio of birdies brought Mansfield ever closer.

‘I birdied the first, but I hit it in the right bunker at the second and didn’t get up-and-down,’ Mansfield said. ‘At the fourth, I chipped in from just off the green to a flag that was tucked on the front right. That gave me a lot of momentum. I missed a short putt at six, but birdied the par five (seven) and I made a great putt for birdie at eight from the front of the green to a back flag.’

Mansfield turned three under and dropped at 10 as the skies opened. But unlike his opponents, the 23-year-old fired eight straight pars. ‘Limiting my mistakes to the one bogey at 10 was the key to my victory,’ said Mansfield. ‘After the drop, I just stayed patient. Deon also bogeyed the 10th and he gave a couple more shots away at 14 and 15 to give me a one shot lead. He birdied 16, though, to draw level and we both missed 20-footers for birdies at 17.’

At the final hole, Germishuys hit his approach on the front of the green, while Mansfield parked his second pin high right of the flag at the back.

‘I hit a great shot into the par three,’ he said. ‘I had 176 metres to the pin and I hit a 9-iron to 15-foot right of the hole. 15-foot right of flag in the back. It nearly went to a play-off. Deon almost holed his putt from the front edge. I left my birdie putt in the throat and tapped in for the win.

‘It was a tough job to catch Deon, but it’s great to go home on the back of the win, and prepare for the Sanlam SA Amateur.’

Successive rounds of 67 saw Sanlam SA Amateur defending champion Christo Lamprecht tie for third on 11-under with Mitchell from Kloof, who closed with a 70.

Picture of Mansfield courtesy of Pieter Els

Final Result
275 – Clayton Mansfield 68 69 68 70
276 – Deon Germishuys 67 66 70 73
277 – Christo Lamprecht Jnr 70 73 67 67; Malcolm Mitchell 69 70 68 70
280 – Neal Woernhard SUI 69 69 72 70; Nicola Gerhardsen 69 68 70 73
281 – Luke Mayo 74 66 72 69; Otto van Buynder 73 67 69 72; Keegan Mclachlan 70 69 70 72; Cameron Moralee 69 69 70 73
282 – Kartik Sharma IND 72 71 70 69
283 – Matt Saulez 71 69 70 73
285 – Chris Wicks 67 74 72 72
286 – Jeremy Freiburghaus SUI 72 69 76 69; Jack Gaunt ENG 71 71 69 75; Loris Schuepbach SUI 69 74 75 68; Hennie O’Kennedy 68 71 74 73
287 – Luca Filippi 74 71 73 69; Andrew Wilson ENG 71 68 73 75; Luan Boshoff 70 70 71 76
288 – Yashas Chandra IND 70 70 73 75; Philip Kruse 68 72 74 74
289 – Martin Vorster 71 71 77 70; Kyle de Beer 69 69 72 79; Maximillian Boegel GER 68 73 74 74; Keagan Thomas 68 73 74 74
291 – Alan Lones 77 69 72 73; Ivan Williams 74 71 72 74; Christian Basson 74 70 76 71; Ben van Wyk 71 75 71 74; Ayden Senger 71 74 71 75
292 – Tyron Davidowitz 73 75 72 72
293 – Dino Capazario 76 71 74 72; Samuel Simpson 76 70 74 73; James Murray 74 71 73 75; Dylan Kok 73 72 73 75; Angus Ellis-Cole 73 71 72 77; Siyanda Mwandla 71 74 76 72
294 – Tyran Snyders 75 70 73 76
295 – Adrian Ford 73 74 75 73; Nicholas Mitchell 73 72 78 72
296 – Henk Geldenhuys 72 75 77 72
297 – Samual Mckenzie 76 73 73 75; Aidan Boon 74 75 72 76; Jordan Duminy 74 73 73 77; Altin van der Merwe 73 71 81 72
298 – NJ Botha 72 75 73 78; Varun Parikh IND 71 75 75 77; Franklin Manchest 70 78 70 80; Francois van Staden 70 74 74 80
299 – Loic Ettlin SUI 73 71 78 77; Armand van Dyk 71 77 77 74
300 – Calvin Maia 76 72 76 76; Barend Botha 76 72 74 78; Erhard Lambrechts 72 77 75 76
301 – Jean Pierre van der Watt 77 72 77 75
302 – Michael Botha 76 73 77 76; Hans-Jurie Human 70 73 79 80
303 – Christiaan du Plessis 76 73 79 75; Daniel Cronje 73 74 75 81; Elmo Barnard 71 76 81 75
305 – Matthew Hands 78 69 78 80; Dean Robert Pilkington 76 72 76 81; Stals Swart 72 76 78 79; Francois Blaauw 69 74 80 82


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