Marco Steyn (right) after his victory at the Prince's Grant Amateur
(South Africa Golf Association Photo)
Central Gauteng’s Marco Steyn joined an illustrious list of champions including Charl Schwartzel, Brandon Stone and Haydn Porteous when he won the Oxigen Prince’s Grant National Amateur Invitational on Wednesday.
Steyn won by four strokes on a tournament total of 286 and with a final round of 70.
“It feels great to join that list of winners. Hopefully I can follow in their footsteps and join them on the pro circuit one day. I’ve just got to keep working hard and chase my dream,” Steyn said.
The win ended a lengthy title drought for Steyn, the country’s sixth-ranked amateur, and comes shortly before he leaves to take up a golf scholarship at the University of Wake Forest in North Carolina.
“I’ve got one more tournament left in South Africa and then I’m off to America. Any title is great, but this one is pretty special. It’s been over a year since my last win. I came close a few times so it’s great to win again.”
Steyn was tied for the lead with KwaZulu-Natal’s Luke Mayo going into the final round. But on another sublime day on the North Coast, Steyn produced a composed final round of two under par as Mayo struggled to a 74 to take second place on 290.
“I didn’t change my gameplan and just stuck to what I was doing all week – finding fairways and greens and staying out of trouble,” said Steyn.
“It’s key on this golf course to just keep yourself in play, and I did that all week. This was my first time playing Prince’s Grant and it is a great challenge, especially when the wind blows. But I loved it and certainly want to come back.”
ABOUT THE Prince's Grant Amateur
This prestigious event began in 1996 and since
then, every year, talented amateur golfers head
down to Prince’s Grant Coastal Golf Estate to take
part in the tournament. The Prince’s Grant National
Amateur Invitational consists of a challenging 4
round tournament which tests both the ability and
endurance of young, up and coming golfers.
The event attracts high profile amateur players
in South Africa, and as a result this attracts local
international media to the event. Additionally, top
business executives are present at the event, and
this makes for a very attractive opportunity to
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