Excited by his selection to the Junior U19 IPT team, Somerset West’s Jason Hale survived a three hole play-off to win the Durbanville Open played on Sunday.
Hale had a nervous start and finish to his morning round, picking up five bogeys in total but rallied with four birdies and card a 1-over-par, 73.
Two shots off the lead after the first round, Hale maintained his composure and birdied his last hole to sign for another 1-over-par 73 and secure a spot in a play-off.
It could, however, have been Pietie Loubser’s first win had he not double bogeyed, his last hole, the par 4 16th, giving both Hale and Carlo O’Reilly a second chance at the trophy
Not too far down the leaderboard after round one, Carlo O’Reilly was the only player in the afternoon to break par thanks to a birdie on the par 4, 18th. O’Reilly holed out with his second shots at both the par 4, 1st and 18th holes for back-to back eagles, a feat never achieved before in a PAT event.
First round leader, Stefan Blommaert, battled with the ‘South Easter’ that blew through the field. Blommaert was the only player under par in the morning -1, but gave seven shots back to the course in the afternoon to finish T4 with Elmo Barnard and Riaan Lewis.
After both posting a 1-over-par second round 73, to recover from their morning rounds, Durbanville players, Ayden Senger 80/73 and Adam Botha 80/73 jumped twenty-four spots up the leader board to finish T12.
The final round in the Premier Amateur Tour (PAT) takes place at King David Mowbray on Sunday, 27 November with the PAT Finals to be played, Sunday 4 December at Bellville Golf Club.