ROURKE van der Spuy is the 2018 Mopani/Redpath Zambia Open champion after winning by four shots with overall four round total of 16 under 272 at Nkana Gold Club in Kitwe yesterday.
And Nkana golf club on Friday raised K2.5 million for the club’s vibrant junior golf academy that has been running at the club since 2015.
Van der Spuy, who had led for the last three rounds, shrugged off 2012 winner Justin Harding who finished second on 14 under and one under for the day.
“It was a really good game from day one; I started off with solid rounds and the game just got better throughout the week. Obvoulsy, I felt a bit nervous today but managed to hold my nerve and finished off stronger today. It was a good battle today, it was great fun playing Justin Harding,” said Vander Spuy.
This was his second win on the Sunshine Tour since winning the Sun Fish Challenge in October, 2015.
Rourke carded a final day total of three under 69 after recording birdies on the 1st, 2nd, 7th, 11th and for a second successive day capped his round with an eagle to compensate for bogeys on the 6th, 10, 15th and 16th holes.
For his exploits, Van Der Spuy pocketed K225, 000 as champion.
Runner-up Justin Harding said van der Spuy deserved the win.
“You know Rourke played very well, he really didn’t make any mistakes. It was a good day I am happy with second place,” said Harding.
Moore finished in 37th place after failing to replicate his first three rounds at four 292.
“I am not happy…I made an eight on hole number 11; that is unacceptable, that’s a par three. I hit in the water twice, I got a bit unlucky with my first shot to make an eight and that killed my tournament right there,” said Moore.