13th August 2019 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Bezuidenhout one clear at Big Easy IGT Wingate

Bezuidenhout one clear at Big Easy IGT Wingate

(PHOTO – Theunis Bezuidenhout; credit CJ du Plooy)

PRETORIA, 13 August 2019 – Theunis Bezuidenhout will carry a slender one-shot lead into the final round of the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour #9 after successive rounds of four-under-par 68 at Wingate Park Country Club.

The Mooinooi golfer leads the field on eight-under.

His nearest challengers are Divan Marais, Matthew Spacey and Deon Germishuys. Marais and Spacey also posted rounds of 68, while Germishuys, who led the field through the turn, lost the advantage with three bogeys on the back nine and signed for 70.

White River golfer Ruan Groenewald carded a five-under 67 to share the low rounds honours and grab a share of fifth on six-under alongside Clinton Grobler, who also returned a 68.

A further five players tied for seventh on the jam-packed leaderboard, including former Sunshine Tour winner Ruan de Smidt, who made a welcome return to the winner’s circle on the IGT Challenge Tour at Krugersdorp Golf Club last week.

Bezuidenhout was two off the pace at the start of the day, but took care of the deficit with a trio of birdies before the turn.

“The wind was pretty blustery, so you had to try and take advantage of the three par fives on the back nine,” said the 24-year-old. “I didn’t birdie the first par five (13), but I was on for two on 15 and tapped in for birdie after I lagged a rather long and difficult first putt close.

“I boxed a 15-footer from below the hole for birdie at 16 and made a good par on 17. I didn’t hit a great tee shot on 18 and I felt it was too risky to take on the green, so I laid up. I hit a great chip to three foot and made the putt.”

The Sunshine Tour professional birdied the last par five (second hole) and offset his second bogey of the day with a birdie at the short eighth.

“I had two soft bogeys, but overall, it was a solid ball-striking round. I switched to a Scotty Cameron recently and I must say, it felt good out there,” he said.

Bezuidenhout graduated the IGT Challenge Tour in 2018, but had to make a return-trip to Q-School in March this year after failing to keep his card.

“I’m not getting a lot of starts on the Sunshine Tour with my current ranking, so I am competing on the Big Easy IGT to try and finish in the top six so I can secure a card for next season,” he said.

“It’s great that at least we have some different options. I’m around the 20-place mark at the moment on the Road to Sunshine Tour, so a win this week would seriously improve my chances. It’s pretty bunched up, though, but that’s not surprising.

“It’s become the norm on the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour this season. At most of the tournaments, anyone from the cut-line to the leader has a chance to win. The standard of competition is exceptionally high this year. So it won’t be a walk in the park. There are a lot of good players hot on my heels, so I’ll need to keep the putter warm and the mistakes to a minimum.”

 

Second Round Scores

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

136 – Theunis Bezuidenhout 68 68

137 – Divan Marais 69 68, Matthew Spacey 69 68, Deon Germishuys 67 70

138 – Ruan Groenewald 71 67, Clinton Grobler 70 68

140 – Teagan Moore 69 71, Kyle Barker 67 73, Ruan de Smidt 69 71, Dayne Moore (ZAM) 68 72, Dwayne Basson 70 70

141 – Hendrikus Stoop 74 67, Jeff Inglis (ENG) 71 70, Malcolm Mitchell 72 69, Jacquin Hess 71 70

142 – Jade Buitendag 69 73, Coert Groenewald 72 70, Jason Froneman 71 71, Peetie van der Merwe 70 72, Gideon van der Vyver 71 71, Aubrey Beckley 75 67, Bradley Diggeden 71 71

143 – Luke Trocado 68 75, Matt Bright 70 73, Wayne Stroebel 74 69, Makhetha Mazibuko 69 74, Albert Venter 73 70, Jaco van der Merwe 73 70, Leon Visser 70 73, Jason Roets 72 71, Otto van Buynder AMA 66 77, Brandon Gildenhuys AMA 70 73, Jason Smith 72 71

Missed the cut:-

144 – Jason Rossiter 71 73, Ryan Tipping 71 73, Juran Dreyer 75 69, Reinhardt Blaauw 72 72, Mike Maile 68 76, Quintin Wilsnach 73 71, Jason Viljoen 73 71

145 – Luke Mayo 69 76, Teboho Sefatsa 69 76, Stuart Smith (BOT) 73 72, Karl Ochse 73 72

146 – Marco de Beer 72 74, Desne van den Bergh 72 74, Gerhard Pepler 74 72, Luan Boshoff 75 71, Clayton Mansfield 73 73, Yubin Jung 70 76, Byron Coetzee 71 75, James du Preez 74 72

147 – Neal Woernhard (SUI) 71 76, Christian Basson 70 77, Keegan Mclachlan AMA 71 76, Richard Joubert 74 73, James Pennington (SWZ) 70 77

148 – Cameron Moralee 72 76, Stefan Wears-Taylor 73 75, Ruhan van Dijk 78 70, Gareth Sargent 78 70, Maritz Wessels 77 71

149 – Keaton Slatter 73 76, Darin de Smidt 77 72, Hanlo Jacobs 70 79, Basil Wright 76 73, Ruan Korb 76 73, Dylan Naidoo 75 74, Arno Pretorius 76 73

150 – CJ Levey 76 74, Franklin Manchest 76 74, Christopher van der Merwe 73 77, Adriel Poonan 74 76, Michael-James Steyn 75 75, Michael Kok 76 74, Phumlani Maluka 75 75

151 – Francois van der Walt AMA 76 75, Carlo Heunis 75 76, Llewellyn Booysen 77 74, Zabastian de Jager 75 76, Gerard du Plooy 75 76, Nicholaus Frade 80 71, John McClean (NIR) 77 74, Leon Vorster 80 71

152 – Sipho Bujela 73 79, Jason Diab 75 77, Evance Vukeya 74 78, Gary Daoust (BEL) 77 75, Bryce Myburgh 71 81

153 – Tristan Eeles 78 75, Alex Pienaar AMA 75 78, Michael Schutz 72 81, Jack Duthie 73 80, Marthin Scheepers 75 78, Thabiso Ngcobo 73 80, Alpheus Kelapile 76 77

154 – Caylum Boon 73 81, Keelan Africa 77 77, Thabang Simon 75 79, Jonathan George AMA 75 79, Liam Labuschagne 77 77, Romano Saincic 77 77, Allister de Kock 77 77

155 – Cameron Esau 76 79, James Cleasby AMA 76 79, Wynand Potgieter 80 75, Wesley du Toit AMA 78 77, Duan Nagel 72 83, Dennis Williams 76 79

156 – Eric Nel 78 78, Maverick Faber (FRA) 81 75, Ruan Botha 78 78, Jay Dean Fourie 77 79

157 – Angus Ellis-Cole 75 82, Shalan Govender 80 77, Neo Mokgatle 75 82

158 – Jacques Viljoen AMA 80 78

159 – Albert Visser 80 79, Keanu Pestana 79 80

160 – Louis Botha 79 81, Donald Makhafola AMA 80 80

161 – Clinton Duncan AMA 82 79

162 – Ryan Joyce AMA 84 78

164 – Tyron Taylor AMA 85 79, Marnus Barnard AMA 80 84

166 – Christopher Constantinou AMA 80 86, Cameron Gurr AMA 82 84

WDN – Jonathan Waschefort 77 WDN, DK Kim (KOR) 75 WDN

RTD – Hennie O’Kennedy 75 RTD

RTD – Quintin Crause RTD

DSQ – Thato Mazibuko DSQ

 

Ends

 

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

 

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