PGA of Great Britain & Ireland professional, Garry Houston, pulled six points clear of the field to win the fourth World Club Pro-Am supported by the PGA of South Africa.
“To break par every round was quite an achievement,” said Houston, who carded a final round of 37 points (-1), to finish with a five-round total of 190 points (-10).
“I’m really excited…I played with last year’s defending champion [Julien Gressier] today, so I knew he would be strong and it was great to come over the line at the end.”
Houston, a winner on the Challenge Tour, felt he won despite not being at his best: “Some weeks you can play really well and not score well, but this was one of those weeks where I really didn’t play like I can play, but I ground out a score every single day for the five rounds.”
The Welshman not only takes home the title but also the winner’s cheque for USD$15,850: “Financially it’s obviously a good thing and its great to start the season so early with a win, but I know moving forward the things I have to work on…that will be my goal, to get my game where I would like it to be.”
After Round 04, 2016 World Club Pro-Am Champion, Julien Gressier (PGA of France), was two points off the lead but he carded a three-over round of 75 (33 points) to fall six points short of defending his title.
Pierre van Vuuren (PGA of South Africa), started the day level on points with Houston, but was unable to match strides with the eventual winner, only managing to make two birdies in his 31 point round (+5) to finish tied second with Gressier on 184 points (-4).
However, van Vuuren did lead Team Serengeti to a wire-to-wire success in the four-round Team Pro-Am Competition. He, along with amateurs John-Miles Griffiths, Izak Ludick and Hennie Lamprecht [pictured above], finished with a total of 367 points (-79), after their final round of 92 points (-20).
They were the only team to score over 90 points in each of the rounds and were three points clear of Team Windsor Park, led by Nisharlan Sewshanker (PGA of South Africa), who scored 95 points (-23) in their final round, to give them 364 points (-76) in total.
Completing the top three with 355 points, was Team Strand 2 led by PGA of South Africa Professional, Morne Jurgens.