June 22, 2012
BEAUMONT -Justin Harding became the latest former Lamar University golfer to pick up a win on the Sunshine Tour as the native South African took home medalist honors at the Indo Zambia Bank Zambia Open over the weekend.
Harding closed the tournament with a final round 68 to finish two strokes clear of Divan van den Heever. Playing on the par-73 Lusaka Golf Club, Harding posted rounds of 71-72-69-68 for a 12-under-par 280 total to pick up $50,720.
Former Cardinal teammate Oliver Bekker, who won earlier this season on the Sunshine Tour, finished six strokes back in a tie for fifth. Dawie Van Der Walt, who also played with Harding and Bekker on Lamar's 2007 team which tied for third at the NCAA Championships, is currently eighth on the Sunshine Tour money list.
Harding began the final round one stroke ahead of van den Heever and reached the 18th tee box with a three stroke lead. He would calmly par the par-5 18th to earn his first national open win and his third victory on the Sunshine Tour.
Lamar has enjoyed great success with South African players in recent years. In addition to Harding, Bekker and Van der Walt, Lamar's 2012 lineup included senior M.J. Daffue and freshman Luke Jerling from the country.
Daffue and Jerling helped the Cardinals to the 2012 NCAA Championship where they placed 25th from Riviera Country Club. Daffue was the 2011 Southland Conference Player of the Year and a first-team all-conference selection this year, while Jerling earned Freshman of the Year honors in 2012.