By Michael Vlismas.
Photo Credit: Tyrone Winfield/Sunshine Tour.
Jaco Prinsloo claimed his second Sunshine Tour victory in three tournaments when he won the Serengeti Pro-Am Invitational at Serengeti's Jack Nicklaus Signature Design Championship course on Sunday.
Prinsloo finished the five-round tournament on 15 under par 327 with a closing 68, giving him a two-stroke victory over Jaco Ahlers who closed with a 71.
MJ Viljoen and Neil Schietekat shared third place on 11 under par with respective final rounds of 70 and 67.
This was Prinsloo's third individual career title on the Sunshine Tour, but more significantly his second in his last three tournaments following his win in The Players Championship hosted at Dainfern Golf Estate.
"I don't know what to say. I'm very pleased to have done so well these last few weeks," he said.
"I started the tournament really well and then kind of just clawed my way up the leaderboard from there, and luckily today I managed to shoot four under and it was good enough to win by two shots."
Prinsloo has been in the best form of his career thanks to a decision before these past four tournaments to revert to his more natural game rather than the swing changes he'd been working on. Although he admits the work he's been doing on his swing has not been entirely in vain and has played a part in his recent success.
He is now top of the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit and over R200 000 ahead of his nearest challenger in Schietekat.
"It's kind of hard to grasp, really. I mean, you always hope something like this will happen. This is what we all play for and practise for. That's why you hit golf balls every day of your life, and I feel like I'm reaching my true potential at the moment."
The pro-am was won by the team of Fairway Ninjas comprising Riekus Nortje, Ruan Korb, Jacques Nel and Dries van Schalkwyk on 51 under par.
The Sunshine Tour now takes a brief break before a run of three tournaments that will be co-sanctioned with the European Challenge Tour, starting with the Limpopo Championship from 22-25 April at Euphoria Golf and Lifestyle Estate, and followed by the Cape Town Open from 29 April to 2 May at the Royal Cape Golf Club and then the Dimension Data Pro-Am at Fancourt from 6-9 May.