29th May 2018 | IGT Golf

Bruiners leads after IGT Benoni albatross

Bruiners leads after IGT Benoni albatross
(PHOTO – Heinrich Bruiners; credit CJ du Plooy)

BENONI, 29 May 2018 – Just a week on from a narrow play-off loss at State Mines, Heinrich Bruiners is in a great position to avenge the defeat after he hit one of the greatest shots of the season to shoot to the top of the pile in the fifth IGT Challenge Tour in Benoni on Tuesday.
The Gary Player Class of 2018 member opened up a three-shot lead on nine-under-par 135 with a 66 in the second round after he holed out with a pitching wedge at the par-five 15th for an albatross at The Lake Club Benoni.
“I nearly holed a 7-iron in the first round and when I hit that pitching wedge, I knew it felt good,” said the delighted George golfer. “Jade (Buitendag) still asked me on Monday if I’d ever made an albatross and I was telling him about the one I made at Leopard park, also with a driver and a 7-iron.
“I smoked driver down the middle and I had 158 metres to the pin. I took the pitching wedge and hit it perfectly on line. It bounded two metres short of the flag and rolled in. You should have seen the celebration.”
Bruiners began the second round on three under and one off the pace.
He was still in the leading pack through the first nine holes, but the George golfer turned up the heat after a birdie at nine and played the back nine in 29 strokes.
“It could have been 28,” said Bruiners. “I hit a great shot into 18, about two inches from the hole, but it spun to 12 foot and I missed the putt. I hit the ball really solid all day. I had a soft bogey at two and I got a bit greedy at eight and ended up three-putting.
“The turning point was the birdie at nine. I hit a 6-iron from 185 metres out and it pitched right next to the hole. After I made that birdie, I was back in the zone. I played the last 10 holes in eight under and my short game was amazing.
“We worked really hard on chipping and putting at the World of Golf during the boot camp, so I have to give those guys kudos for my short game. I kept the momentum going with a birdie at 10 and made three more at 12, 13 and 17.
“Losing in the play-off stung for about a minute, but in this game, you win some and lose some and you have to get past it quickly. You can’t pitch at the next event with a hangover. I’ve got a three shot lead, but that can disappear quickly if someone goes hot in the final round. I’ll play my own game and if it gets me to the finish line first, great. If it doesn’t, I just want to walk off the course knowing I gave it my best.”
Bruiners will once again have the company of Buitendag and Sunshine Ladies Tour player Lejan Lewthwaite, who played with him over the first two rounds.
Buitendag carded a flawless 67 with birdies at one, four and 12 and an eagle at the par five 10th.
Lewthwaite posted 69, while Chris Cannon from England and KwaZulu-Natal amateur Luke Mayo, who both registered 69s, also finished at six under.
Overnight leader Jason Diab did well to erase a double bogey at 14 with a brace of birdies at 15 and 16. A one-under 71 will see the Gary Player Class of 2018 golfer start the final round on five-under alongside Haydn Griffiths and Glendower amateur Aneurin Gounden.

Second Round Scores
All players RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as AMA
135 – Heinrich Bruiners 69 66
138 – Jade Buitendag 71 67, Lejan Lewthwaite 69 69, Chris Cannon (ENG) 69 69, Luke Mayo AMA 69 69
139 – Jason Diab 68 71, Hayden Griffiths 70 69, Aneurin Gounden AMA 70 69
142 – Jason Roets 72 70, Fredrik From (SWE) 73 69
143 – Thabang Simon 73 70, David Rebelo 71 72, Herman Loubser 71 72
144 – Matthew Rossouw AMA 73 71, Keaton Slatter 69 75, Ruhan van Dijk 70 74
145 – Mark James (ENG) 72 73, Dwayne Basson 71 74, Stephan Erasmus 72 73, Michael Kok 70 75
146 – CJ Levey 76 70, Allister de Kock 72 74, Michiel Bothma 74 72, Caylum Boon AMA 73 73
147 – Neezy Thubisi 73 74, Slade Pickering AMA 72 75
148 – Neil Cheetham (ENG) 74 74
149 – Kyle Opperman AMA 75 74, Bryce Myburgh 75 74, Marcus Smal AMA 75 74, Cameron Gurr AMA 74 75, Reece McKain AMA 80 69
150 – Paulo Serrao (POR) 78 72, Paul Rodrigues AMA 71 79, Ray Janse van Rensburg AMA 70 80, Rock Tlhabanyane 73 77, Mitchell Lightfoot AMA 77 73
151 – Vaughn van Deventer AMA 71 80
152 – Keanu Pestana AMA 78 74, Dominique Jacobs 75 77, Clinton Grobler 76 76, Derick Petersen 81 71, Chase Paton AMA 73 79, Karl Lehmacher AMA 78 74
153 – Scott Chambers 81 72, Christiaan Greyling 79 74, Willie Olivier AMA 74 79, Zander Gous AMA 79 74, Adam Baker 74 79, Jay Fourie 79 74
Missed the cut:-
154 – Kyle Murphy AMA 80 74, Jonathan George AMA 79 75, Lincon Cele 75 79, August Pienaar AMA 79 75, Francois van Rensburg AMA 76 78
155 – Dean du Plessis AMA 76 79, Angus Ellis-Cole AMA 76 79, Francois Blaauw AMA 74 81
157 – Dylan Morton AMA 78 79, Patric Dowling AMA 78 79, Hendrik Janse van Rensburg 77 80, Brandon Lydon AMA 86 71
158 – Andre Pistorius 81 77, Tudor Bismark (ZIM) 78 80
159 – Christian MacGregor AMA 79 80, Donneo Catanho AMA 77 82
160 – Shaydon Johnson AMA 79 81
161 – Kyle Mendes AMA 77 84
162 – Robert Tilbury 85 77
168 – Tommie Brits 85 83
169 – Armand van Tonder AMA 81 88
173 – Terence Archibald AMA 88 85
179 – Jared Hall AMA 90 89
183 – Gerhard Botha AMA 91 92
WDN – Nicholas Souranis AMA 70 WDN, Cameron Gunning 82 WDN
RTD – Jabu Radebe 82 RTD

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

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