Huddersfield golfer Jamie Bower has won his second tournament in South Africa – so let’s hope the Walker Cup selectors are taking notice.
The 22-year-old from Meltham played superbly at Mossel Bay to add the Southern Cape Strokeplay title to his Gauteng North Open crown.
Bower won by three shots, firing a 12-under total of 276 for the four rounds, finishing with a four-under round of 68 to finish clear of home-country player Jovan Rebula.
And he was six clear of the third placed Luke Jerling from Port Elizabeth after scoring rounds of 70, 68, 70 and 68.
“My putter was really hot all week and I think that’s the biggest reason why I was able to score well,” said Bower.
“Also it was quite windy all week and I think that gave us English players a slight advantage over the locals, as we’re more used to it.”
He added: “This win is even more pleasing to me than the last one.
“To say I’m struggling with my swing is probably the wrong word, but I certainly wasn’t on it, tee to green, as I was at Irene a few weeks ago.
“It was mainly my putter that did the damage this time. So, to still win, despite not quite being at my best with my long game, is really satisfying for me.”
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Bower, who also finished tied third in the African Amateur Strokeplay Championship, had six birdies and just two bogeys in his final round.
“My main goal for the final round was to not make any big mistakes,” he explained.
“I knew there was a good chance that other players around me would fall away, so I just tried to keep my ball in play as often as I could and let the birdies take care of themselves.”
The man who also practices at Woodsome Hall and Crosland Heath has two more tournaments to play as part of the England touring squad, the Cape Province Open (February 23-25 at Kingswood Golf Estate) and the South African Amateur (Feb 28- Mar 4 at George).
“I do seem to like it over here!” he beamed.
“The warm weather is very much a feel good factor, so that helps.
“I put a lot of work into my game leading up to this tour and it’s nice to see some reward for that.”