26th February 2019 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Barker busts into two-way tie at IGT Services

Barker busts into two-way tie at IGT Services

Photo – Kyle Barker; credit CJ du Plooy.

PRETORIA, 26 February 2019 – Englishman James Mack held on to his overnight lead but the Englishman has company at the top after Kyle Barker grabbed a share of the 36-hole lead in the IGT Challenge Tour’s Race to Q-School #7 at Services Golf Club on Tuesday.

The pair took very different routes to the top of the leaderboard, with Barker bursting from the blocks with three birdies on the bounce on his way to a flawless six-under-66 and Mack returning a two-bogey 70.

Barker and Mack lead the field on 11-under and will start the final push for glory with a two-shot lead over Tristen Strydom and three shots clear of Mpumalanga rookie Ruan Groenewald and Sandton’s Luke Brown.

Barker from Randpark has reeled in titles on the IGT Challenge Tour, the Mena Tour and the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour and is relishing a showdown with Mack on Wednesday.

“I followed an opening 67 with a 66 and it’s always nice to start with two low rounds,” he said. “I started today on the 10th with three birdies in a row, and that set me up for a good score. I birdied 14 and 18, so I was five under through the turn.

“The back nine was a bit of struggle. Nothing went my way really, and I made straight pars until I boxed a birdie at my 15th hole, the par three sixth. That was the last birdie of the day, obviously, and I was a little disappointed, because I parred both of the par fives.

“It’s not ideal, but I can’t complain really. I’ll take a 66 any day and I look forward to the final round and having a chance at winning another trophy. That would be really nice.”

Mack, who set the first round mark with a sizzling nine-under 63, managed to offset a bogey on each nine with four birdies.

“A very different day to the first round,” said Mack. “It’s always tough to put another low score up after a really low round. I knew eyes was on me and I didn’t play as well. I used driver everywhere again, but with the windy conditions, it made it a lot tougher.

“I missed quite a few fairways, and I felt like I was always scrambling. My wedge-game wasn’t as hot as in the first round, and I didn’t have many short putts for birdies. I did take advantage of the par fives and I had one lucky par when I chipped in from about 20 yards, so that was a good comeback for me and kept the momentum going.

“Going down 18 I knew that the wind was behind me, and I tried to cut the corner as much as possible. I hit 7-iron in from 208 metres and I put it 20 foot from the hole. I just missed it left and tapped in for birdie to get me to 70. It was nice to put a number on the board that kept me at the top and still in it with a chance for tomorrow.”

Strydom – a seasoned winner on the country’s premier golf development circuit with four trophies stacked on the mantle – also registered a round of 70.

Groenewald went around in 72 strokes, while Brown – who won the Big Easy IGT Tour Championship in December – fired a colourful four-under-par 68 that featured eagles threes at 12 and 18, three bogeys, four birdies and a double bogey at the par four fourth.

Second Round Scores

All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as AMA.

133 – James Mack (ENG) 63 70, Kyle Barker 67 66

135 – Tristen Strydom 65 70

136 – Ruan Groenewald 64 72, Luke Brown 68 68

137 – Divan Marais 71 66, Bryce Myburgh 70 67, Tristan Topka AMA 69 68, Thabiso Ngcobo 67 70, Michael Saunders (ENG) 67 70

138 – Leon Vorster 68 70, Christof Appel 69 69, Darin de Smidt AMA 69 69, Makhetha Mazibuko 73 65

139 – Paul Rodrigues AMA 70 69, Stefan Wears-Taylor 73 66, Gary Daoust (BEL) 70 69

140 – Leon Visser 70 70, Andrew Carlsson 69 71, Hendrikus Stoop 70 70, Ruan Korb 73 67, Reinhardt Blaauw AMA 71 69

141 – Quintin Crause 72 69, Maritz Wessels 71 70, Michiel Bothma 74 67, Ryan O’Neill (ENG) 72 69

142 – Albert Visser 71 71, Peetie van der Merwe 69 73, Christopher van der Merwe AMA 69 73, Richard Joubert 72 70, Werner Deyzel AMA 68 74, Nqobani Ndabambi (ZIM) 67 75, Jabulane Mabilane 71 71, Matthew Spacey 70 72, Christian Basson AMA 69 73, Carlo Heunis AMA 72 70

143 – Ricardo Towell 73 70, Juran Dreyer 73 70, Bradley Diggeden AMA 73 70, Thabang Simon 67 76, Samba Niang (SEN) 75 68, Andrew Williamson AMA 70 73, Irvin Mazibuko 70 73

144 – Adriel Poonan 70 74, Jonathan Waschefort 73 71, Jack Duthie 70 74, Alpheus Kelapile 76 68

145 – Zabastian de Jager 73 72, Harry Konig (ENG) 76 69, Hanlo Jacobs 74 71, Jaco van der Merwe AMA 74 71, Riaan Swart AMA 72 73, Khaya Jika 73 72, Hanish Nagrani (ZIM) 71 74, Adam Baker 72 73, Michael-James Steyn 72 73, Jay Dean Fourie 71 74

Missed the cut:-

146 – Marnus Barnard AMA 74 72, David Rebelo 76 70, Ivan Mare AMA 73 73, Phumlani Maluka 72 74

147 – Henning du Plooy AMA 71 76, Neal Herman 75 72, Allan Jirek AMA (CZE) 77 70

148 – Andre Pistorius 72 76, Scott Houghton (ENG) 73 75, Keanu Pestana AMA 71 77, Lance Ellerbeck AMA 76 72

149 – Jason Diab 73 76, Stephan Erasmus 70 79, Alex Pienaar AMA 78 71, Handre Truter AMA 76 73, Gareth Sargent AMA 76 73, Marco de Beer 76 73, Cody Holwill AMA 78 71

150 – Thabo Moraba 74 76, Jancarel Rossouw AMA 76 74, Xander Prinsloo AMA 73 77

151 – Matthew Hands AMA 76 75, Maverick Faber (FRA) 76 75, Hermanus Prinsloo AMA 77 74, Sipho Bujela 78 73, Warric Dyers 74 77, Morne van der Waltsleben AMA 76 75

152 – Cody White (CAN) 74 78, Pedro August 73 79

153 – Louis Botha 74 79, Juan De Bruin 76 77, Angus Ellis-Cole AMA 77 76, Caskin White AMA 79 74

154 – Sam Metcalfe AMA 76 78, Duan Nagel AMA 78 76

156 – WM Coetzee AMA 79 77, Cameron Gunning 80 76

158 – Paulo Serrao (POR) 80 78, Songezo Sonamzi 82 76, Hanro Booysen 77 81

159 – Christopher Constantinou AMA 82 77, Riccardo Barresi AMA 80 79

162 – Reuben Gerber AMA 81 81

166 – Shaun Bernstein AMA 81 85

169 – Willie Nel AMA 85 84

Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of the IGT Challenge Tour.

 

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