IGT Race to Q-School #2 presented by BDGA at Pecanwood Country Club 12-14 Oct Attach photos of Pecanwood taken in Oct 2015
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Romano Ivan SaincicThanks to IGT for this exposure and the oppertunities you giving us as players!! It's greatly appreciated! #blessed2 days ago · 2
Van flies at Kuilsrivier Challenge
(Photo – Altin van der Merwe; credit IGT Tour Cape)
KUILSRIVIER, 7 October 2015 - Bellville amateur Altin van der Merwe continued a dream season with a breakthrough victory in the Kuilsrivier Challenge on the IGT Tour Cape on Wednesday.
The 18-year-old posted an impressive five-under-par 67 in the final round at Kuilsrivier Golf Club to march to a seven-stroke victory on 14-under-par 202.
Van der Merwe denied a host of top international visitors when he claimed the Curro South African Juniors International (SAJI) at Durbanville Golf Club in March and five months later, came heartbreakingly close to a second international victory in the Global Junior Golf Tour’s RB German Junior in Germany.
He opened with a mediocre 70, but drew on the experienced gained abroad to open up a four shot lead on his closest challengers with a blistering 65 in the round two.
“I was pretty disappointed with the first round and I knew it would take a huge effort to get in front, especially against the pros in the field,” he said.
“I was a member at Kuilsrivier for four years, so I used everything I know about the course and everything I learned this year to get myself into contention in the second round.”
Van der Merwe reeled in four birdies to offset a lone bogey at five on the front nine. He traded birdies for bogeys for the first four holes after the turn, but ended the sequence with a birdie at 10.
“It was kind of a weird start to the back nine,” he said.
“I overshot the green at 10 and couldn’t up-and-down to save par, then made a superb up-and-down for birdie at 11. At 12, I drove it into the trees on the right and all I could do was chip out.
“Then I hit it to give at 13 and boxed the putt for birdie. I overshot the green again at 14, but this time I made the up-and-down for birdie to end that weird run.”
Van der Merwe parred his way to 18, and drained a 22-footer for birdie at 18 to celebrate victory.
He became only the second amateur to triumph of the IGT Tour Cape and his winning score equalled the lowest 54-hole total set by Adrian Ford in the Milnerton Classic in June.
All that mattered for the Brackenfell High School graduate, though, was getting the job done.
“I lost by two shots to Trevor Mahoney in my first IGT Tour Cape start here at Kuilsrivier in June, so it feels really good to pull it through this time around,” Van der Merwe said.
“We didn’t have that many pros in the field this week, but it was really nice to test myself, and to see where I rate. We’ll have to see how I do in the upcoming events at other courses, but this kind of performance gives me a lot of confidence ahead of Q-School in December.”
Van der Merwe will only be able to bank half of the first prize cheque to stay within the amateur rules, but he was more than happy to let the balance go to the IGT Tour Cape Development Fund.
“The House of Machines sponsors a first prize of R12,000 at all the events,” he said.
“When an amateur wins, they put the balance of the prize money into a fund that is used to finance players who wouldn’t otherwise be able to compete on the IGT Tour Cape. I think that is a really neat development initiative.”
FINAL RESULT – Top 10
202 Altin van der Merwe (ama) 70 65 67
209 Chris Erasmus 75 64 70
210 Pietie Loubser (ama) 69 73 68
214 Albert van Zyl (ama) 70 69 75
219 Japie Koopman (ama) 71 74 74
223 Paul Colditz (ama) 74 76 73; Gerrit Foster 74 75 74; Philip Esau (ama) 71 73 79
224 Cameron Esau 73 71 80
225 Sevey Links (ama) 76 71 78 ... See MoreSee Less
Cool-hand Kruger cashes in at Race to Q-School
(PHOTO – Pieter Kruger; credit CJ du Plooy)
ROODEPOORT, 7 October 2015 – Blue Valley golfer Pieter Kruger held his nerve over the closing stretch at Ruimsig Country Club to claim a two stroke victory in the IGT Tour’s first Race to Q-School, presented by Wanna Be A Champion Academy, on Wednesday.
Kruger closed with a one under 71 to triumph on seven-under-par 209.
Dean O’Riley’s final round 69 left him two strokes short of the target, while fellow professionals David Lamprecht and Drew Roelofze shared fourth on four under with respective rounds of 72 and 73.
Amateur Michael Pienaar returned a 73 to tie for fifth on two under alongside IGT Tour winner Joubert van Eeden (72), Jason Diab (72), TJ Bekker (74) and John McClean from Northern Ireland, who posted a 69.
Earlier rounds of 68 and 70 saw Kruger start the final round with one stroke lead and his advantage never came under any real threat.
“I had a birdie, bogey combination at the start and seven straight pars to reach the turn,” said the GFG Academy player.
“I picked up two more birdies at 10 and 12 and gave one back at 14, but I had a three stroke lead with four holes to play. You can never really let your guard down, but I was pretty relaxed because I knew what I needed to do to finish it off and sealed the deal with pars at the last four holes.
“I just stayed patient throughout the tournament, and especially over the last four holes. My game plan for the final round was to try and limit the mistakes.
“It’s Race to Q-School time, so the set-up is tough. Over the closing stretch, I just played for pars because there is no point in getting fancy when you’re in the lead.”
The 31-year-old Limpopo native is the head coach at the Colbyn Golf Park in Pretoria.
He was pretty proud to dash off to his day job with his third trophy on the country’s premier development Tour clinched under the arm.
“I think it is normal for students to wonder if the coach really knows what you are talking about and it’s going to do my reputation the world of good when I arrive with the trophy,” he laughed.
“And the IGT Tour will be broadcasting highlights from all nine of the Race to Q-School events on SuperSport, so they will know I didn’t buy it at the trophy at the R5 Shop around the corner.”
Kruger said he enjoyed having the television crew following him around.
“It’s great fun. You automatically stand a little straighter, hit it a little further and putt with more conviction when the cameras are on you.
“The guys from ATV Productions were very professional and I think it’s great to expose the young rookies and amateurs used to the cameras, too. It can be intimidating if you’ve never had that kind of experience before.”
The second IGT Tour Race to Q-School will be presented by BDGA Academy and hosted Pecanwood Golf Estate from 12-14 October.
All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as (ama):
209 - Pieter Kruger 68 70 71
211 - Dean O'Riley 68 74 69
212 - David Lamprecht 72 68 72, Bryandrew Roelofsz 70 69 73
214 - John McClean NIR 69 76 69, Jason Diab 69 73 72, Joubert van Eeden 69 73 72, Michael Pienaar (ama) 71 70 73, TJ Bekker 70 70 74
215 - Rae Mackie 71 72 72, Bryn Flanagan 70 76 69
216 - Louis Taylor (ama) 73 70 73, Danie Pretorius 76 66 74
217 - Terence Boardman 75 70 72, Jonathan Waschefort 70 72 75
218 - Derryn Mitri (ama) 75 71 72, Jacques Ungerer 71 71 76, Andi Dill (ama) 74 74 70, Carlos Arroyo (ama) 74 73 71, Ruan Korb (ama) 70 71 77
219 - Dylan Docherty (ama) 71 75 73, Ryan Wingrove (ama) 72 74 73, Andre Pistorius 75 72 72, Conway Kunneke 73 74 72, Norman Beggs 80 68 71, Shaun van Tonder 74 74 71
220 - Matthew Adams (ama) 74 71 75, Matthew Vogel 71 73 76, Christiaan Pretorius 70 73 77, Christian Olivier (ama) 75 72 73
221 - Simon Kruger 70 72 79
222 - Alrich Labuschagne 74 74 74
223 - Michael Schutz (ama) 74 72 77, Gareth Akers (ama) 73 74 76
224 - NJ Arnoldi 67 78 79, Theodor Oosthuizen (ama) 76 71 77, Nicholas Botha (ama) 73 74 77
227 - Cole Dodgen (ama) 72 74 81, Richard Tsai (ama) 75 72 80
RTD - Dougie Meijer 71 76 RTD ... See MoreSee Less
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Dean O'Riley runner up & Pieter Kruger winner of the IGT Pro Tour speak to us about the 3 day tournament held Ruimsig Country Club
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Kruger to the fore at Race to Q-School
(PHOTO – Pieter Kruger; credit CJ du Plooy)
JOHANNESBURG, 6 October 2015 – Three-time IGT Tour winner Drew Roelofsz lies in wait in the first Race to Q-School, just a lone shot behind Blue Valley golfer Pieter Kruger, who edged into the second round lead at Ruimsig Country Club.
Kruger battled to a two under 70 to take pole position on eight-under-par 138 in the first event, presented by Wanna Be A Champion Academy, while Roelofsz returned a 69 to line up a fourth podium finish this season.
TG Bekker shot 70 and David Lamprecht posted a 68 to finish two off the pace, while amateurs Ruan Korb and Michael Pienaar are a further stroke adrift after respective rounds of 70 and 71.
Kruger confessed he was surprised to be leading after a “flat out bad round.”
“The score actually flattered me, because it wasn’t a good round at all,” said the 31-year-old Limpopo-born player.
“It was a frustrating day. I didn’t play well; I just couldn’t get it going all day. I made a couple of birdies and dropped two shots and the eagle at 18 made me look good. I’ve learned, though, that when you struggle like that, you just have to keep plugging away.”
The GFG Academy player is hoping for a “third time lucky’ result at the Sunshine Tour Qualifying School in December after coming close in the two editions.
“It’s more about the courses than anything, but Q-School is the final hurdle and I need to adjust my attitude the two qualifying courses in Bloemfontein,” Kruger said.
“The courses don’t suit me, and it played a big role in my performance in the last two years. I will be chasing a lot of success in the Race to Q-School series over the next nine weeks so I can go to Bloemfontein with a really positive attitude.”
A change in attitude can pay off handsomely, as Danie Pretorius discovered.
The 31-year-old Clarens golfer notched four birdies and an eagle-three for a flawless 66 to take the low round honours and a seat on the bus at two under.
“I shot 76 in the first round and I was joint 37th,” the SJC Sport Management Group player said.
“I knew it was crunch time if I wanted to make the cut, so I just took a really positive attitude on to the course and it impacted the way I played.”
The IGT Tour regular competed on the Mena Pro Tour’s Dubai Swing, but returned home to sharpen his game for Q-School. “The Race to Q-School is great prep for Q-School,” Pretorius said.
“The courses are set up a lot tougher and the competition gets stiffer as the series progresses.
“You want to get yourself into a top 10 position every week so you are primed for Q-School at the end of the series.”
SECOND ROUND SCORES
All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as (ama)
138 - Pieter Kruger 68 70
139 - Bryandrew Roelofsz 70 69
140 - TJ Bekker 70 70, David Lamprecht 72 68
141 - Michael Pienaar (ama) 71 70, Ruan Korb (ama) 70 71
142 - Jonathan Waschefort 70 72, Dean O'Riley 68 74, Simon Kruger 70 72, Joubert van Eeden 69 73, Jason Diab 69 73, Danie Pretorius 76 66, Jacques Ungerer 71 71
143 - Christiaan Pretorius 70 73, Louis Taylor (ama) 73 70, Rae Mackie 71 72
144 - Matthew Vogel 71 73
145 - Matthew Adams (ama) 74 71, John McClean NIR 69 76, Terence Boardman 75 70, NJ Arnoldi 67 78
146 - Derryn Mitri (ama) 75 71, Dylan Docherty (ama) 71 75, Bryn Flanagan 70 76, Cole Dodgen (ama) 72 74, Ryan Wingrove (ama) 72 74, Michael Schutz (ama) 74 72
147 - Richard Tsai (ama) 75 72, Theodor Oosthuizen (ama) 76 71, Carlos Arroyo (ama) 74 73, Andre Pistorius 75 72, Christian Olivier (ama) 75 72, Nicholas Botha (ama) 73 74, Conway Kunneke 73 74, Dougie Meijer 71 76, Gareth Akers (ama) 73 74
148 - Alrich Labuschagne 74 74, Norman Beggs 80 68, Shaun van Tonder 74 74, Andi Dill (ama) 74 74
Missed the cut:-
149 - Tung-nan Lin (ama) TWN 75 74
150 - Werner Lourens (ama) 75 75, Jacques De Villiers 75 75, Michael Armstrong (ama) 74 76
151 - David Ashley (ENG) 77 74
152 - Mohammed Ismail (ama) 77 75, Justin Levy NLD 76 76, Siphiwe Siphayi 82 70
153 - Clinton Grobler 76 77, Dwayne Coetzee 77 76, Marinus Hamman 75 78
154 - Keanan Aysen (ama) 79 75, Mzothando Mgodeni 75 79
155 - Herman Minnie 78 77, Duan Nagel (ama) 81 74
156 - Morne Wolmarans (ama) 80 76, Ramon Rigney 79 77, Sean Coomer (ama) 75 81, Dylan de Beer 77 79, Devan Payne (ama) 78 78
157 - Brendan Britten NAM 83 74, Michael Kok (ama) 74 83
158 - Michael Faasen (ama) 76 82, Alex Krebs (ama) 81 77
160 - Dean Schonegevel (ama) 77 83
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Another Hole in One for Ruan Korb on the 11th hole at Ruimsig Country Club on Day 1 of Race to Q-School #1. Great 156m shot Ruan!
Great pin on 4th hole par 5. IGT Race to Q-School day 2 Ruimsig CC ... See MoreSee Less
Who will lift this trophy on 2nd December 2015. IGT Race to Q-School.
2011 - Danie van Tonder
2012 - Bradley Sinnett
2013 - Callum Mowat
2014 - Coert Groenewald ... See MoreSee Less
Perfect for moving day. IGT Race to Q-School Ruimsig day 2 ... See MoreSee Less