Pretoria golfer Marthin Scheepers shrugged off the bridesmaid tag and burst into the top five on the Road to Sunshine Tour with memorable maiden win on the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour last week.
Having come close twice this season, Scheepers got the job done when he edged out overnight leader Thabiso Ngcobo with final round five-under-par 66 for a one-shot triumph on 10-under 203 at Reading Country Club.
“I thought for sure I had thrown it away when I bogeyed the 18th, but then Thabiso missed his birdie putt and it was official. I can’t lie, this feels great,” said a delighted Scheepers.
The timing couldn’t be better for both contenders. Victory moved Scheepers to fifth in the rankings and a tie for second boosted Ngcobo to second in the Road to Sunshine Tour Transformation Order of Merit.
“I am sure Thabiso is gutted, but it’s still a great result for both of us. The top six on the Road to Sunshine Tour get cards for the Sunshine Tour next season, and so will the top three on the Transformation Order of Merit. So, win or lose, we are both in with a shout now with just the Silver Lakes and Soweto events left. We just need to maintain our rankings now and we’re there,” Scheepers said.
The young man from the Akasia Golf Club won his Sunshine Tour card at Q-School last year, but the ‘Wanna Be A Champion Academy’ member admits he was not ready for the harsh reality of the premier circuit.
“I was so confident when I got my card, but I was completely unprepared for it. I was definitely not ready for all the stress and pressure. I am glad I have had this season on the Big Easy IGT Challenge and IGT Challenge Tours to prepare properly,” he said.
According to Scheepers over the last seven months he learned how to compete properly and how to handle the pressure and this win confirms it.
“More than anything, this is huge for my confidence, knowing my game can hold up when it matters the most,” Scheepers concluded.
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