Karmis wins maiden title

Peter Karmis of Simon’s Town carded a final round 68 at Selborne Park Golf Club on Saturday 1 September to win his first Vodacom title. This is his maiden title in the 15-year-old Vodacom Origins of Golf Series on a total of 14-under-par 202.

“I’m very thrilled,” he said after the win. “I am glad to have finally won my first Vodacom event.”

Coming into the final round leading by two shots, Karmis opened his final round with three back-to-back birdies to set the tone. A bogey on the fifth hole threatened to set him back but two pars later, he made further gains on the eighth. Three more birdies on the back nine got onto his card but he dropped two more shots to sign for a 68.

“That has been the plan all along,” he said of his opening three holes, “but I only achieved it today. The first three holes here, you can make birdies. I hit the right choice and gave myself chances for those birdies.”

His final round score followed opening rounds of 69 and 65 respectively, and while his four-shot victory may have seemed easy, Karmis admitted to challenges, especially on the homeward stretch.

“The back nine is a little bit more demanding,” he explained, “especially off the tee. But the front nine, you can cruise around. And today the wind was swirling a bit and it was difficult to judge the direction the ball was going to take and how the wind was going to affect it.”

Having come close to winning a few times already this season – he came third at the Old Mutual Zimbabwe Open, seventh at the Investec Royal Swazi Open and 11th at the inaugural KCB Karen Masters – he was pleased to finally win something this season. He won three times last season.

Jacques Blaauw, Garth Mulroy and the resurgent Neil Schietekat shared the second spot on 10-under while rookie Ruan Conradie shared fifth with Alex Haindl on nine-under