Courtesy of SunshineTour.com | Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018
Former ETSU men's golfer Rhys Enoch bogeyed his first two holes in the final round of the Cape Town Open presented by Sun International but recovered expertly to card three-under-par 69 and claim a one-shot victory over Peter Karmis on a 19-under 269 total on Sunday.
“The first two were both into the wind and quite awkward,” he said of those back-to-back bogeys in the opening two holes. “I didn’t really do a lot wrong. But I told myself to just stay patient and keep making good swings.”
Despite making three birdies and dropping three shots on the front nine, Enoch held on nicely on the homeward nine and while he made bogey on the 17th, three birdies and an eagle made their way into his scorecard.
“I got on to the leaderboard at 13 and saw I was four behind,” he said of the eagle he made on the par-five 14th. “I was like ‘I need to make a move’. I hit a really nice drive that just cracked into the left rough, had a pretty good line to about 15-feet and managed to make it for eagle. So, that was a massive move.”
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Enoch won the 2010 NCAA East Regional to secure a spot in the NCAA Championship, where he finished tied for 34th. Following the 2010 season, Enoch earned PING All-American honors. The former Buccaneer standout was also named 2012 Atlantic Sun Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while being a two-time first team all-conference selection. Enoch also earned Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American Scholar honors in 2010. Enoch played in the 2010 Palmer Cup and also advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2010 British Amateur.