Jaco Ahlers earned his third Sunshine Tour win of the season and a sixth overall title as he cruised to a three-stroke win at the Vodacom Origins of Golf Euphoria, held at Euphoria Golf Estate and Hydro.
Ahlers finished the 54-hole event on nine under par, with Jacques Kruyswijk his nearest challenger on six under, and the final day saw a completion of round two in searing temperatures.
‘I’m a bit tired now I must say. 28 holes today in 30-plus heat – it’s been a long day. It does feel good and it has been coming. It’s promising and it is really nice,’ said Ahlers.
With the heavily weather-delayed tournament causing a late finish on Saturday evening, Ahlers however kept his cool to hold on to victory.
‘I think it’s a more experienced outfit. It shows. I’ve been playing solidly and today was all experience. Being there before and handling it, it just makes it a little bit easier,’ he said.
With the lucrative co-sanctioned events on the horizon, Ahlers is eyeing another win in the near future, and if he earns further silverware, he will echo the achievement of Dean Burmester from last year.
‘The next goal is to have another one,’ he laughed. ‘Hopefully we can have another one. Obviously Dean did it last year and it definitely isn’t impossible, but we’ll just keep playing from here.’
Danie van Tonder finished in sole possession of third place, while Toto Thimba carded a six under 66 to finish in fourth place alongside Stephen Ferreria, Hennie du Plessis and Zander Lombard.
207 – Jaco Ahlers 67 69 71
210 – Jacques Kruyswijk 69 71 70
211 – Danie van Tonder 70 70 71
212 – Stephen Ferreira 70 72 70, Toto Thimba 73 73 66, Hennie du Plessis 70 71 71, Zander Lombard 70 69 73