Sunshine Tour win for golf ace Enoch
Victorious Rhys Enoch
10th March 2021
By Gareth Davies
Cornish golfer Rhys Enoch has revealed he was ‘over the moon’ after winning the Kit Kat Group Pro-Am on Sunday.
Born in Truro, Enoch represents Wales and he claimed the title as part of the Sunshine Tour, which is played in South Africa, ahead of home duo Dean Burmester and Jake Redman.
Enoch’s triumph at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club was due in no small part to three birdies on the final three holes, including a remarkable chipped bunker shot at 17.
He finished on 12 under par, one stroke clear of Burmester and Redman, with the latter missing a putt at the last which would have forced a play-off.
This win was the second for Enoch on the Sunshine Tour after he triumphed at the 2018 Cape Town Open and the 32-year-old was left with mixed emotions after Redman spurned the opportunity to force a play-off.
“I fully expected Jake to make that putt,” Enoch said. “I’m sad for him that he missed, but obviously I’m delighted I came out on top and I’m over the moon. I really didn’t think I was that close to the lead. When we came up 18 with the leaderboard there, my caddie said to me, ‘Don’t look left. Just focus on your putt’. So I did and made the putt for birdie on 18 then Jake unfortunately missed.
With Enoch very much in the chasing pack during the final round, with Redman and Luke Brown profiting from a lightning start, the Welshman didn’t think he was in contention and admitted that his win was one that took grit and determination.
“(Brown and Redman) all shot off to -14 and I was around -8 or -9,” he added.
“Then I got to 15 and saw I was only two behind. But then I three-putted for bogey to be three behind with three to play - then came those three birdies. This game is crazy and winning is not easy, but I managed to get over the line today.”
Although understandably delighted with his win, Enoch admitted that life for a professional golfer during the covid-19 crisis has not been easy at all
“This win is extremely satisfying,” he added. “You know, it’s been really tough with this pandemic. It’s been wonderful to be at home and spend time with my wife and my son Carter. But at the same time, it’s been stressful with my golf.”