Swanepoel wins at Arabella
Chris Swanepoel claimed his first victory since 2007 at the Vodacom Origins of Golf tournament at Arabella GC on Friday.
Chris Swanepoel claimed his first victory since 2007 with a three-shot win in the Vodacom Origins of Golf tournament at Arabella Golf Club on Friday.
On a gorgeous day in Kleinmond, Swanepoel closed with a 68 to finish on 11 under par, and gained a new love for the Cape in the process.
“I’ve never been a great fan of the Cape, but I do love it now,” said Swanepoel.
Christiaan Basson finished second on eight under following a 69, while Andrew Curlewis produced a strong back nine for a 67 to take third place on seven under.
Swanepoel went into the final day two strokes clear of the field and parred his way through the first six holes.
Then he claimed back-to-back birdies on the seventh and eighth holes.
He turned with a bogey on the ninth, but a back nine of four birdies and only one bogey earned him the title.
In truth, though, it was his magnificent second round of 65 including a front nine of 29 that was the real foundation of his triumph.
“A 29 will always set you up for a victory, or a top ten at the worst,” said Swanepoel. “I felt good on the final day. I started off with those pars, but I was hitting the ball well. I felt really confident out there.”
Swanepoel had the luxury of a three-shot lead playing the 18th, but was determined not to let his concentration slip.
“I just knew I had to stay calm over the last couple of holes. Even with a three-shot lead going down 18, it’s never easy.”
This is Swanepoel’s second victory on the Sunshine Tour, and he’ll bask in its glory when he enjoys his other favourite pastime of hunting next week.
“Everybody thinks that when you only win once, it was a lucky shot. Now I’ve won twice. It’s just a pity it took four years.”
The tournament also featured a strong celebrity element, withProteas fast bowler Allan Donald, Springbok wing Breyton Paulse and actress Vanessa Haywood taking part in this 36-hole pro-am competition.
Paulse and his team finished ninth overall, with Donald ‘s team taking 17th place and Haywood and her team the 28th spot.
“My golf is in a bit of a heap at the moment,” said Donald. “Coming from Bloemfontein and playing in these coastal towns with wind and rain is a challenge for me. But it was great fun.”
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