Walters Wins Parmalat Classic

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Sunshine TourSTELLENBOSCH -- Little known Englishman Justin Walters stormed through the field to take the 2004 Parmalat Classic at the De Zalze Golf Club In Stellenbosch on Friday.

Walters carded a superb 7-under 65 to move to 11-under, holding off South Africa's Nicholas Lawrence by two strokes after he shot a 69.

It was the 23-year-old South African-born Walters' maiden victory as a professional in less than a year in the paid ranks and earned him R31,400.

Walters was born and raised in South Africa but owes his English passport to his English born mother.

He attended North Carolina State on a golf scholarship, Tim Clark's alma mater, where he enjoyed huge success winning four titles and becoming a four-time All American.

And he showed those qualities on Friday by going out in 3-under 33 and then piecing together a string of four consecutive birdies between the 13th and the 16th that killed off the chasing pack.

'The key hole for me was the 12th,' Walters said. 'I made a really good par there, sinking a 30-footer that really got the roll going.

'On 13 I hit the green with my tee-shot and two-putted for a birdie and then on 14 (par-5) I reached the green in two and made another birdie.'

He followed that with birdies on 15 and the par-3 16th, where he holed another putt of 30-feet, to move to 11 under.

'I was trying not to look at the scoreboard's down the stretch, but on 17 there was a huge scoreboard right in my line and I couldn't miss it,' he said. 'Even after I made par there, I didn't think I had it wrapped up.'

Lightning had delayed play on Thursday forcing over 60 players to complete their second rounds on Friday morning.

Walters was one of the lucky players who managed to complete their second rounds on Thursday, although it took almost nine hours.

'Yesterday was a gruelling round but I managed to get some rest last night and I felt fresh when I came out here today,' Walters added.

'I really played solidly on the front nine I didn't really do anything wrong and then I just got going on the back nine. It's great to win as a professional and I suppose this will always be a special moment in my life.'

The Winter leg of the Sunshine Tour takes a short five week break before the players head to Swaziland for the Capital Alliance Royal Swazi Sun Open on May 7.

Parmalat Classic
De Zalze Golf Club
31st March - 2nd April 2004
Final Scoreboard
 
205 - Justin Walters (ENG) 68 72 65
207 - Nicholas Lawrence 72 66 69
208 - Keith Horne 66 74 68
209 - Steve Basson 70 71 68, Michael Scholz 70 70 69, Jean Hugo 72 67 70, Ian Kennedy 69 67 73
210 - Sammy Daniels 70 72 68
211 - Ulrich van den Berg 70 68 73
212 - Chris Davison 72 70 70, Leon Trenerry 68 73 71
213 - Hendrik Buhrmann 74 69 70, Ryan Dreyer 73 68 72, Alan Michell 69 71 73
214 - John Bele 72 71 71, Albert Kruger 72 72 70, Nico Le Grange 73 72 69
215 - Steve van Vuuren 73 70 72, Grant Muller 70 74 71, Tyrol Auret 71 72 72, Walter Badenhorst-Schnetler 74 69 72, Lindani Ndwandwe 70 71 74, Schalk van der Merwe (NAM) 75 70 70, Patrick O'Brien 71 74 70, Wallie Coetsee 75 70 70
216 - Ben Kleynhans 73 70 73, Hennie Walters 69 75 72
217 - Jason Lipshitz 72 71 74, Ian Hutchings 70 73 74, Trevor Fisher Jnr 71 70 76
218 - Bradley Davison 68 75 75, Mike Lamb (ZIM) 72 71 75, Jason Robertson 76 69 73, Elmar van den Berg 74 71 73
219 - Brett Liddle 69 74 76, William Guy (SCO) 73 71 75, Justin Hobday 72 72 75, Bafana Hlophe 73 71 75
220 - Omar Sandys 70 69 81, Teboho Sefatsa 72 73 75, Dijon Tintinger 73 72 75
221 - Mawonga Nomwa 72 72 77, Shane Howe 75 70 76
227 - Anil Shah (KEN) 74 70 83
DSQ - Wayne de Haas 71 73 DSQ