27th November 2018 | IGT Golf

Bright, Lawrence under pressure in Big Easy IGT Parkview

Bright, Lawrence under pressure in Big Easy IGT Parkview
(PHOTOS – Matt Bright and Thriston Lawrence; credit CJ du Plooy)

JOHANNESBURG, 27 November 2018 – Matt Bright and Thriston Lawrence will lead the way in that is sure to be an almighty battle for the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour #15 title at Parkview Golf Club on Wednesday.
Bright, the current Race to Sunshine Tour leader, birdied the closing hole for a 71 and Lawrence carded a 69. They share the lead on 10-under-par 134.
No less than 44 players broke par on a low scoring first day, however, a tough set-up in the second round separated the men from the boys. Only 26 golfers returned red numbers and the cut fell at one-under 143, leaving 33 players to tussle for the title.
There are at least six players within striking distance of the joint leaders.
Wingate’s Ruan Conradie is the closest challenger and could pose the biggest threat. Last year’s IGT Challenge Tour Money List winner made three birdies on the bounce from 14 to sign for a five-under 67 that lifted him to sole second on nine-under.
Sunshine Tour rookie Louis Albertse doubled up on 68s to finish two off the pace, while former IGT Challenge Tour winner Jason Roets fired a 65 to take the low round honours and fifth on his own on seven-under.
Albert Venter and Gary Player School of 2018 member Sipho Bujela produced a pair of 69s to share sixth on six-under, one shot clear of Kyle Barker, who went around the tree-lined layout in even-par 72.
Bright, chasing his third win of the season, fired seven birdies in the first round.
“I just couldn’t sink a putt today,” said the 25-year-old from Sandton. “I made six straight pars to start, dropped at seven and 10, but birdied the two par fives – 13 and 14 – to get back to level par.
“On the front nine, I gave myself chances but couldn’t capitalise. I made a really good up-and-down at 13 for birdie from just left of the green. At 14, I hit 9-iron to 25 foot and two-putted for birdie. I missed a really short one for birdie at the par three (15) and at 17, but made a 10-footer on 18 for birdie.
“Both bogeys were soft drops. Overall I’m happy. I’m always happy after a solid ball-striking round, so I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing in the final round and hopefully a few more putts will drop.”
Lawrence, who won the Sunshine Tour’s Qualifying School Final Stage at the start of the season, was four under through the turn after another eagle start and birdies at four and nine. He cancelled a bogey at 11 with a birdie at 14, but lost the outright lead with another bogey at 17.
The Nelspruit golfer, dominated the amateur circuit in 2013 and 2014, has had a solid debut season on the Sunshine Tour and ranks 47th on the Order of Merit. Having just missed out on qualifying for Mauritius, he entered the penultimate Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour event to stay competitive.
“It made sense to tee it up this week to fine-tune my game for the SA Open,” he said.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s the Sunshine Tour, Big Easy, IGT Challenge Tour or Europe, it’s always great to be in contention and this is a very competitive circuit. There are no gimmies, and you have to work for it.
“I’m happy with my first season on the Sunshine Tour, although I do feel that I should have won already. You have to stay patient, though, and wait for it. I’m not going into the final round with high expectations. I’ll just take it shot-for-shot and see where it takes me.”

Second Round Scores
All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as AMA
134 – Matt Bright 63 71, Thriston Lawrence 65 69
135 – Ruan Conradie 68 67
136 – Louis Albertse 68 68
137 – Jason Roets 72 65
138 – Sipho Bujela 69 69, Albert Venter 69 69
139 – Kyle Barker 67 72
140 – Tokkie van den Berg 67 73, Tristen Strydom 70 70, Luke Brown 74 66, Makhetha Mazibuko 68 72
141 – Stuart Smith (BOT) 68 73, Heinrich Bruiners 70 71, Romano Saincic 70 71, Pieter Moolman 70 71, Coert Groenewald 71 70, Jason Smith 69 72, Giulio Castagnara AMA (ITA) 68 73
142 – Peetie van der Merwe 72 70, Paul Boshoff 71 71, Keelan van Wyk AMA 70 72, David McIntyre 69 73, Robin Williams AMA (ENG) 74 68, Bennie van der Merwe 71 71
143 – Thabiso Ngcobo 70 73, Thabang Simon 68 75, Francois Coetzee 71 72, Dylan Kok 74 69, Jeff Inglis (ENG) 66 77, Matthew Spacey 68 75, Maritz Wessels 71 72, Ruhan van Dijk 76 67
Missed the cut:-
144 – Jason Diab 70 74, Hayden Griffiths 70 74, DK Kim (KOR) 71 73, Conway Kunneke 74 70, Jason Rossiter 69 75, Dwayne Basson 74 70, Greg Bentley (ZIM) 72 72
145 – Fezekile Kana 70 75, Divan Marais 73 72, Teboho Sefatsa 70 75, Stefan Wears-Taylor 71 74, Antonio Costa (CHL) 71 74, Philip Geerts (ITA) 74 71
146 – Michael Dreyer 70 76, Theunis Bezuidenhout 69 77, Dylan Mostert 71 75, Cameron Moralee 70 76, Hendrikus Stoop 72 74, Eric Nel 70 76
147 – Matthew Rushton 75 72, Juran Dreyer 74 73, Neil Cheetham (ENG) 70 77, Tyran van Lieshout 71 76, Marthin Scheepers 76 71, Jabulane Mabilane 72 75
148 – Allister de Kock 75 73, Ruan Korb 79 69, Gerard du Plooy 72 76, Yubin Jung 74 74, Jonathan Waschefort 74 74, James Searson 77 71
149 – Marco de Beer 75 74, Andrew Carlsson 71 78, Clinton Grobler 72 77, Allan Versfeld 70 79, Leon Vorster 76 73, Ricky Palonis (USA) 77 72, Michiel Bothma 79 70, Alpheus Kelapile 74 75
150 – Andrew Burmester 74 76, Sheldon Steyn (ZIM) 78 72, Neville Mitchell AMA 72 78, Warric Dyers 73 77, Hanish Nagrani (ZIM) 73 77, Liam Clinton AMA 76 74, Bryce Myburgh 72 78
151 – Keelan Africa 73 78, Altaaf Bux 75 76, Eddie Antonie AMA 72 79
152 – Mark Bright 72 80, Quintin Crause 76 76, Jonathan George AMA 78 74, Ricki Dembo 76 76, Teagan Moore 78 74, Michael Kok 78 74, Langley Perrins 75 77
153 – Matthew Rossouw AMA 75 78, Wayne Stroebel 76 77, Nico du Buisson 78 75
154 – Patric Dowling AMA 81 73, Daniel Hammond 78 76, Brett Liddle 80 74
155 – Evance Vukeya 73 82
156 – Cameron Gurr AMA 78 78
157 – Marcus Smal AMA 77 80
158 – Mark Fraser 77 81
159 – Arno Pretorius 78 81, Jakob Montemurro (CAN) 73 86
160 – Louis Botha 81 79
162 – Llewellyn Grobbelaar AMA 81 81
163 – Ethan Joseph 83 80
164 – Brad Diffenthal 77 87
168 – Neo Mokgatle AMA 80 88
172 – Gary Jutzen AMA 83 89
RTD – Keaton Slatter 78 RTD, Ryan Tipping 73 RTD

Ends

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

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