25th June 2019 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Coetzee throws down the gauntlet at State Mines

Coetzee throws down the gauntlet at State Mines

(Byron Coetzee; credit CJ du Plooy)

BRAKPAN, 25 June 2019 – KwaZulu-Natal amateur Byron Coetzee laid down a marker for a first Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour win when he fired a sublime seven-under-par 65 to move within one-shot of 36-hole leader Michael-James Steyn at State Mines Country Club on Tuesday.

Steyn and Maritz Wessels went the deepest in the first round and shared the lead with a pair of 66s. The Stellenbosch golfer didn’t strike the ball as well on day two, but his patience paid off. He retained pole position with a 69, while Wessels slipped to third on seven-under with a 71.

Coetzee began the day on the more testing back nine that offered fewer opportunities to score, but a birdie start at the 10th set the tone for a productive day.

He reeled in three more birdies to offset a bogey at the par-three 13th and turned three-under. he 19-The 19-year-old Kloof golfer showed his intent with three birdies on the bounce from the second and another pair towards the end of his homeward loop.

This week marks the first time that the Hillcrest resident is competing on the Sunshine Tour’s premier development golf circuit and he was pretty pleased after playing himself into contention.

“The plan is to go to the Sunshine Tour Q-School at the end of the season and I also want to try out Asian in December,” Coetzee said. “I figured I would tee it up on the Big Easy IGT Challenge to test the water and gain experience.

“It went really well today and I think I’ll play a few more of these. If I do well enough to finish the season in the top six, I’d get automatic qualification for the Sunshine Tour. That would be huge bonus.

“I started the day really nicely with a birdie, which put me in a positive frame of mind. I birdied 12, too, but I let one slip at 13. I managed to bounce back with two good birdies at 14 and 15 and parred my way to the turn.

“I hit my drive down the left on the second and had about 60 metres to the pin. The lob-wedge bounced about five metres short of the flag and hit the pin. I thought it would drop for eagle, but it just popped back out.”

Coetzee tapped it in for birdie, backed it up with a good two-putt birdie at the par five third and boxed another to go six-under on the par four fourth.

“I was hoping to get to eight or nine under for the round, because I was so far back after a 71 in the first round,” he said. “I bogeyed the short hole, but rolled a long putt in for birdie at the sixth and made another one at seven.

“I lipped out for birdie at eight, and made a good par save on nine to finish one off the pace. My ball striking off the tee was really good today and the putter was hot…. Hopefully I make a fast start in the final round to give myself a chance.”
Steyn, meanwhile, reeled in half a dozen birdies, but he gave three shots back to the field.

“I just didn’t hit the ball as well as I did in the first round,” said the 24-year-old. “I made a great up-and-down for birdie after missing the green at 10th and that put me in a positive mind-set for the day.

“I hit two bad shots that ended in bogeys at 12 and 15, but I made amends with a crucial birdie at the 16th. I had a 20-foot putt and I knew I needed to make it to not lose any more shots to the field.”

Level through the turn, Steyn birdied the first and erased a bogey at the second with a birdie at the par five third.

“I birdied seven and nine for 69, but I took a lot of positives out of the round. I really had to grind it out and strangely, than has given me a lot of confidence. I definitely feel comfortable out there and I believe in myself more than I ever have before,” said Steyn. “Now it’s just time to get used to being up there and working with the through the pressure.”

Second Round Scores

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

135 – Michael-James Steyn 66 69

136 – Byron Coetzee AMA 71 65

137 – Maritz Wessels 66 71

138 – Jack Duthie 68 70, Jason Smith 72 66

139 – Allister de Kock 70 69, Quintin Wilsnach 68 71

140 – Leon Visser 72 68

141 – Hennie O’Kennedy 72 69, Adriel Poonan 71 70, Nicholaus Frade 69 72, Romano Saincic 74 67

142 – Theunis Bezuidenhout 70 72, Erhard Lambrechts 72 70, Marthin Scheepers 72 70, Jeff Inglis (ENG) 74 68, Jeremy Sharpe 71 71, Zabastian de Jager 68 74, Gareth Sargent 70 72

143 – Arno Pretorius 71 72, Luan Boshoff 68 75, CJ Levey 73 70, Desne van den Bergh 69 74, Maverick Faber (FRA) 75 68, Jason Roets 73 70

144 – Mike Maile 70 74, John McClean (NIR) 73 71, Paulo Serrao (POR) 75 69, Dino Capazario AMA 70 74, Marco de Beer 70 74, Keegan Mclachlan AMA 72 72

145 – Cameron Moralee 72 73, Michael Schutz 73 72, Thabang Simon 74 71, Leon Vorster 77 68, Louis Botha 73 72, Michael Pfeifer 74 71, Angus Ellis-Cole 76 69, Andi Dill 74 71, Jonathan Waschefort 73 72, Shalan Govender 75 70, Dylan Kok 75 70, Eric Nel 75 70

Missed the cut:-

146 – Andrew Carlsson 69 77, Jaco van der Merwe 76 70, Gideon van der Vyver 75 71, Neil Cheetham (ENG) 75 71

147 – Mitchell Lightfoot 73 74, Mpho Mafishe 77 70, Francois Blaauw AMA 70 77, Patrick O’Brien 74 73, Pequestro Dyssel 73 74, Thato Mazibuko 74 73, Tumelo Molloyi 74 73

148 – Michael Kok 74 74, Reinhardt Blaauw 71 77, Ruhan van Dijk 75 73, Brandon Gildenhuys AMA 73 75, Malcolm Mitchell 76 72, Cameron Esau 77 71

149 – Jason Rossiter 73 76, Matthew Spacey 75 74, Ricardo Towell 73 76, Gary Daoust (BEL) 75 74, Gerard du Plooy 78 71, Divan Marais 76 73, Clayton Mansfield 74 75, Coert Groenewald 74 75

150 – Basil Wright 80 70, Albert Visser 77 73, Quintin Crause 78 72, Terence Archibald 74 76, Luke Trocado 76 74, Bryce Myburgh 74 76

151 – Paul Rodrigues 74 77, Franco Putter 75 76, Evance Vukeya 76 75, Dwayne Basson 80 71, Clinton Duncan AMA 69 82

152 – Sipho Bujela 77 75, Neil Swart (NAM) 76 76, Slade Pickering AMA 80 72, Richard Joubert 76 76, Wynand Potgieter 77 75, Angelo Marques AMA 78 74

153 – Andrew Burmester 75 78, Mark Bright 77 76, Keaton Slatter 83 70, Duan Nagel 75 78

154 – Liam Labuschagne 75 79, Terence Mogapi 78 76, Michael Louth 79 75

155 – Hans-Jurie Human 80 75, Jason Viljoen 79 76

156 – Hanlo Jacobs 78 78, Carlo Heunis 74 82

157 – James Cleasby AMA 84 73, Carlo O’Reilly 84 73

158 – Henning du Plooy 77 81, Tristan Eeles 84 74

160 – Nqobani Ndabambi (ZIM) 79 81, Donald Makhafola AMA 78 82

163 – Nicholas Souranis AMA 79 84, Alwyn Smith 79 84

166 – Byron van der Merwe 82 84

169 – Christopher Constantinou AMA 87 82

171 – Neo Mokgatle 79 92

RTD – Luca Rodrigues AMA 84 RTD

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

 

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