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Kingston’s timely eagle nets Vodacom victory

KWAZULU-NATAL, South Africa – Save for an eagle that cemented his victory, James Kingston’s play Friday at the Sunshine Tour’s Vodacom Business Origins of Golf event was rather dull.

But he’s not complaining.

Kingston carded a final-round, even-par 72 to win at Selborne Golf Club; the tournament is part of a six-event series concluding in October.

Kingston’s 65 on Thursday – four shots better than any other player – under windy conditions propelled him to the lead, which he wouldn’t relinquish. After Kingston eagled the 12th Friday, he effectively put away his closest challenger, Adilson Da Silva

“Today conditions were absolutely perfect but I must say, some of the pins were tough, set back on the greens and they didn’t really allow you to attack,” Kingston said. “Luckily, I only had to keep an eye on (Da Silva), so I decided to play sensible golf out there.

“(Da Silva) didn’t really make a move and it allowed me to play par golf and get it done.”

Kingston and Da Silva played cautiously over the opening two holes, but Da Silva made the first move with a birdie at No. 3.

Kingston kept plodding along with pars. Da Silva gave back his birdie with a bogey at No. 6, before both players bogeyed No. 8.

They each birdied 10 to keep the spread at three shots. Then Kingston made his eagle to forge the decisive gap and eventually win by two strokes.

Kingston stumbled with two late bogeys, but managed pars on Nos. 15 and 16 to keep his victory intact.

Warren Abery and Grant Muller shared third place. Muller carded a 68 after making five birdies through 14 holes, but a bogey on No. 15 stopped his charge.

Abery shot final-round 69 to complete his return to competitive golf after a four-month break following his daughter’s birth.

The Vodacom series has two more tournaments; Sept. 15-17 at Stellenbosch and Oct. 13-15 at Oubaai Golf Club for the final.

Sunshine Tour contributed to this report.

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