Flawless Kyle McClatchie wins Gauteng North Open
South Africa's Kyle McClatchie <br>(BGU Photo)
South Africa's Kyle McClatchie
(BGU Photo)

PRETORIA, South Africa (January 28, 2018) - Kyle McClatchie was both flawless and dominant on his way to winning the Gauteng North Open hosted by Waterkloof Golf Club.

During the four days of play McClatchie blitzed the field to finish 25-under and as a seven-stroke winner over 18-under Keegan Mclachlan.

McClatchie opened with a 7-under 65 on Thursday before cooling off with an even-par 72 in Friday's second round. However, the golfer that tore apart Waterkloof Golf Club in the first round returned during the the final two rounds as McClatchie closed with rounds of 64-62.

McClatchie came into the 36-hole final day four shots behind the lead but birdied 1, 2, 4 and 7 to jump back into contention. He added three more birdies on the back nine and then eagled the final hole to take a one-shot lead and carry momentum into the afternoon round.

In the final round McClatchie duplicated his front nine from earlier in the day, again making birdies at 1, 2, 4 and 7 and going out in 32. Still one shot ahead heading into the final nine, he hit the gas and came home in 30, going 5 under on his last five holes, to leave the field behind.

For McClatchie it was his fourth significant victory in the last three years, having previously won the 2016 Boland Amateur Open, the 2017 English Amateur/Brabazon Trophy and the 2017 Western Province Amateur.

McClatchie's win also comes on the heels of a tied for 15th finish at this month's South African Open on the European Tour.

He is South Africa's highest-ranked player and has moved to #17 in the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com World Ranking.

James du Preez was third at 17-under, Samual Mckenzie took fourth at 15-under while in fifth it was the 13-under Otto van Buynder.

Results: Gauteng North Open Amateur
1South AfricaKyle McClatchieSouth Africa50065-72-64-62=263
2South AfricaKeegan McLachlanSouth Africa40069-68-67-66=270
3South AfricaJames du PreezSouth Africa30066-67-69-69=271
4South AfricaSamual MckenzieSouth Africa30068-67-73-65=273
5South AfricaOtto van BuynderSouth Africa30070-66-68-71=275

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ABOUT THE Gauteng North Open Amateur

72 hole stroke play championship with a cut after 36 holes. Open to any male Amateur who is a full member of a Golf Club affiliated to a Union recognised by the S.A.G.A. and who at the time of submitting this entry shall have a handicap index of 4 or less.

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