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IGT Challenge Tour with Anthony John Michael and Ruimsig Country Club109213289106">Randpark Golf Club at Ruimsig Country Club.

Michael makes his move at Ruimsig

ROODEPOORT, 24 January 2017 – Northcliff’s Anthony Michael stepped up his bid to bag another IGT Challenge Tour victory before the start of the Eye of Africa PGA Championship in a fortnight.
The Sunshine Tour campaigner birdied four of his last six holes in the Race to Q-School #13 to race into the 36-hole lead at Ruimsig Country Club on Tuesday.
Although Pretoria amateur pair Philip Kruse and Ruan Korb matched his superb six-under-par 66, no-one could reach the clubhouse target Michael set at 11 under 133 and he will sleep on a confident two-shot cushion over Dainfern’s Matthew Spacy.
Spacey returned a 67 to edge one stroke clear of Kruse, Korb and last week’s champion, Jaco Prinsloo, who also registered a 67. Ockie Strydom, an 11-time IGT Challenge Tour winner, lurks a further shot back at seven under after posting a 67.
Coming off his best season to date on the Sunshine Tour, Michael protected his top 10 ranking on the Order of Merit with a tie for 27th at the recent BMW SA Open.
But the Randpark golfer has big goals for 2017 and victory in the Race to Q-School series will go a long way to building a confident start for the R1.5-million showpiece at The Eye of Africa Signature Golf Estate.
“I’m still hunting a maiden win on the Sunshine Tour and that’s a big goal of mine this year,” said Michael. “And I missed the cut in the Eye of Africa PGA Championship last year, so I definitely want to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”
A round that featured four birdies on each loop and a bogey a piece was just what the doctor ordered.
“I’m striking the ball really well, although the putter hasn’t really warmed up yes,” he said. “I made some great putts, but I left a few short and those are those niggly ones that count when you are chasing a low score to win.
“I’m definitely going into this season with a lot of confidence, but a win on Wednesday will go a long way in just giving me that extra boost for the Eye of Africa.”
Michael is loving the championship layout at Ruimsig Country Club.
“It’s a stunning course and it’s hosted some top amateur championships, so it’s great to be playing at a strong course like this early in the season,” he said. “It’s also a really great track for the amateurs and the boys heading to Q-School to build some confidence.
“The set-up has been fair and Cois (Du Plooy, commissioner IGT Challenge Tour) has played a few holes right from the back and shortened at least one or two every day, like the 13th in the second round, to give the guys a chance to go for it.
“At the end of the day it doesn’t matter where you put the tees or tuck the pins, you still have to get it in the hole but I think, for the youngsters heading to Q-School in March, a sub-par result at this kind of course will translate into positive confidence.”
And for those struggling to get into red numbers, Michael has this bit of advice.
“You just have to keep plugging away and trust that you’re on your way there,” he said. “I seriously thought about packing it in after three bad seasons, but don’t give up on yourself. Stick with it, because the hard work does pay off.”

SECOND ROUND SCORES (Top 20)
133 - Anthony Michael 67 66
135 - Matthew Spacey 68 67
136 - Phillip Kruse AMA 70 66, Jaco Prinsloo 69 67, Ruan Korb AMA 70 66
137 - Ockert Strydom 70 67
139 - Tyrone Ryan 67 72, Bryce Myburgh 69 70, Michael Palmer 73 66, Jacopo Vecchi Fossa (ITA) 70 69
140 - Clinton Grobler 72 68, Eric Nel AMA 73 67, Mark James (ENG) 70 70, Teagan Moore 72 68, Paul de Beer 72 68, Dean O'Riley 71 69, Duane Keun 72 68, NJ Arnoldi 74 66, Philip Geerts AMA (ITA) 69 71, Kyle Barker 71 69, John McClean (NIR) 71 69

PHOTO – Anthony Michael; credit CJ du Plooy.

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Confident Conradie and Spacey lurk at Ruimsig

ROODEPOORT, 23 January 2017 – Tyrone Ryan and Anthony Michael set the first round target in the Race to Q-School #13 at five-under-par 67 on Monday. The Sunshine Tour duo share a slender one shot lead, with rookies Estiaan Conradie and Matthew Spacey crowding their rear-view mirror in the IGT Challenge Tour event at Ruimsig Country Club.
Conradie, a three-time winner last season, fired a flawless 68.
The 19-year-old from Wingate Park made a less than spectacular start in his pro debut at Randpark last week when he opened with rounds of 73 and 77. However, he fired seven birdies on the trot for a six-under-par 66 and a top 30 finish in the final round at the Bushwillow Course and brought that hot form to Roodepoort.
“I am working on a few things with my coach but it didn’t quite come together in the first two rounds at Randpark,” said Conradie, who picked up his gains at four, five, 11 and 14. “Everything gelled in the final round and it was the same today. I didn’t force anything and I just worked at keeping a clean card.
“I felt very comfortable and hardly missed any shots, so it was a very good day all round. The final round last week definitely helped build my confidence, so I felt good going out there. I think my driver, my irons and my putter all combined well.
“The course is in great conditions, especially the greens. They are very true and are rolling at the nice, fast speed. If the putter warms up, I can definitely go low this week.”
Spacey was equally pleased with his opening gambit.
“I’ve putting in a lot of extra time in the gym to get fitter and I’ve worked hard on the various facets of my game since we broke for the holidays last December,” said the Dainfern golfer. “I always struggle to post a nice low score in the first round, so this is a very positive result. It’s great to put a low number there and have something to build on over the next two days.
“I was really happy with my short game today. Every time I put myself in a tough spot, I hit a really great chip to up-and-down for birdie or par. I also holed a lot of putts, which was the difference between the latter part of last season and today. The Sunshine Tour Q-School is two months away, so you want to start seeing this kind of form about now, so yeah, I’m really pleased with this start.”
Sunshine Tour player Jaco Prinsloo is also poised to strike.
Coming off successive victories on the country’s premier golf development, the Pretoria professional has hit a rich vein of form just two weeks before the Sunshine Tour’s Eye of Africa PGA Championship. Prinsloo is handily placed just two off the pace alongside Bryce Myburgh, Andi Dill, South Korea’s Dongkwan Kim, Englishman Brad Harris and Italian amateur Philip Geerts.

FIRST ROUND LEADERBOARD (top 20)
67 - Tyrone Ryan, Anthony Michael
68 - Estiaan Conradie, Matthew Spacey
69 - Bryce Myburgh, Andi Dill, Dongkwan Kim (KOR), Philip Geerts AMA (ITA), Jaco Prinsloo, Brad Harris (ENG)
70 - Jacopo Vecchi Fossa (ITA), Ruan Korb AMA, Phillip Kruse AMA, Ockert Strydom, Mark James (ENG)
71 - Ruan Conradie, Kyle Barker, Johary Raveloarison (MDG), John McClean (NIR), Christian Basson AMA, Dean O'Riley, James Ford (ENG)

PHOTOS - Estiaan Conradie and Matthew Spacey; credit CJ du Plooy.

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IGT Challenge Tour with Rhys West at Ruimsig Country Club.

Rhys West takes early lead on 4 under par after 9.
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IGT draw round 1
Race to Q-School #13
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