8th May 2018 | IGT Golf

De Beer edges Korb for IGT Wingate lead

De Beer edges Korb for IGT Wingate lead

(PHOTO – Marco de Beer; credit CJ du Plooy)

TSHWANE, 8 May 2018 – Marco de Beer produced a solid short game over the last nine holes at Wingate Park Country Club to edge into a one shot lead, while former three-time World One-Arm champion Reinard Schuhknecht put the finishing touches on his preparation for the upcoming Canon SA Disabled Open in Tuesday’s second round of the IGT Challenge #4 Wingate.

De Beer fired five birdies on the back nine for a three-under-par 69 that moved him to the top of the pile at seven-under 137, one shot clear of joint overnight leader Ruan Korb, who carded 70.

Tokkie van den Berg and amateur Armand van Dyk both registered rounds of 71 to tie for third on four-under, with Leon Visser, Luke Brown, Peetie van der Merwe and Pretoria amateur Otto van Buynder in joint fifth on one-under.

De Beer overcame a bogey start with a birdie at the second, but he dropped further shots at four and nine. The 22-year-old Zwartkops golfer was two-over at the turn and four shots behind Korb, but he turned up the heat over the last nine holes to take the sole lead.

“I knew I needed to get some birdies to get back in the fight,” he said. “I wasn’t striking the ball well over the first nine holes, though, and I had some soft drops. My rhythm was a bit off, so I went back to my process and tried to get the rhythm issue sorted out. It worked for me. I only had nine putts down the stretch, but I also scrambled really well whenever I hit a poor shot.”

The Wanna Be A Champion Academy player picked up his first birdie at the par four 11th and made three birdies on the bounce from 14 before chipping in for birdie at the closing hole.

“I hit it to tap-in distance at 11 and holed the trap shot from the left bunker at 14,” said De Beer. “At 15, I got it on the green in two, lagged it close and made the birdie putt.

“I hit it to give at 16 and made a good par at 17. At the last hole, I pitched the ball next to the flag, but it bounced and rolled off the green. I was about 15 feet short of the hole and I chipped it in.

“Coming back strong over the last nine holes was a good confidence builder. It showed me just how much my mental game has improved over the last year and that will be important in the final round.

“I’m still chasing a maiden win on the IGT Challenge Tour, so it’s nice to go into the final round in front. There are still 18 holes left to play, though, so I’m not counting any chickens. I will try to keep my head in the game and focus on what I can control and see what it takes me.”

Schuhknecht from Vanderbijlpark is also targeting a maiden victory.

The one-arm golfer will lead the 71-strong field in the Canon SA Disabled Golf Open at Magalies Park Golf Club from 13-15 May and, despite a couple of close calls in the last 10 years, he is still chasing the crown jewel of South African disabled golf.

Although he missed the cut at Wingate Park with rounds of 84 and 85, Schuhknecht was feeling quite optimistic about his chances next week.

“It was great to get into the competitive vibe ahead of the SA Open,” he said. “It’s so great to have a circuit like the IGT Challenge Tour where I can play to get competition ready.  The competition was strong and the course set-up was tough, but I was able to test my game and tweak a few things and I feel a lot more confident about next week.”

Second Round Scores

All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as AMA

137 – Marco de Beer 68 69

138 – Ruan Korb 68 70

140 – Armand van Dyk AMA 69 71, Tokkie van den Berg 69 71

143 – Leon Visser 69 74, Otto van Buynder AMA 71 72, Luke Brown 75 68, Peetie van der Merwe 73 70

144 – Dylan Kok 69 75, Keegan Mclachlan AMA 72 72, Albert Venter 71 73

145 – Jan-Louis Nel AMA 71 74, Stefan Cronje 75 70

146 – Richard Joubert 70 76, Ivan Mare AMA 74 72, Quintin Crause 72 74, Gilson Filho (BRA) 72 74, Dylan Mostert 75 71, Ruan Groenewald 72 74

147 – Keaton Slatter AMA 72 75, Divan Marais 75 72, Kyle Barker 74 73

148 – Christopher van der Merwe AMA 73 75, Matthew Rossouw AMA 73 75, Gary Daoust (BEL) 75 73

149 – Maritz Wessels 75 74, Eric Nel 77 72, Conway Kunneke 73 76

150 – Michael Kok 74 76, Andrew Plint AMA 76 74

151 – Romano Saincic 72 79, Leon Vorster 76 75, Terry Smith 77 74, Fritz Orren 75 76, Stephan Erasmus 77 74, Henning Stander AMA 74 77

152 – Hendrikus Stoop 78 74, Jonathan Waschefort 73 79, Brendan Sly AMA (ZIM) 77 75

153 – Neezy Thubisi 80 73, Andi Dill 78 75, Angus Ellis-Cole AMA 77 76, Zander Gous AMA 75 78, Christopher de Beer 78 75

154 – Marcus Smal AMA 71 83, Allan Jirek AMA (CZE) 77 77

155 – August Pienaar AMA 76 79, Jancarel Rossouw AMA 77 78

156 – Neville Mitchell AMA 72 84, Jason Reynolds AMA 73 83, Henning du Plooy AMA 77 79, Michael Van Rooyen 78 78

Missed the cut:-

157 – Duan Nagel AMA 78 79, Stals Swart AMA 80 77, Gerhard Pepler AMA 82 75, CJ Levey 81 76

158 – Lance van Rensburg AMA 80 78, Helary Jules AMA 81 77

160 – Hayden Griffiths 79 81, Marc de Jager AMA (ENG) 84 76, Jay Dean Fourie 78 82, Yusuf Raidhan AMA (MLW) 78 82, Alpheus Kelapile 80 80

161 – Stephan du Toit AMA 83 78

162 – Divan de Villiers 84 78

163 – Stephane van Neer AMA (COD) 81 82

164 – Marcel Steyn Scholtz AMA 83 81, Neo Mokgatle AMA 79 85, Christiaan Greyling 80 84

167 – Terence Archibald AMA 83 84, Tommie Brits 84 83

168 – Christian MacGregor AMA 84 84, Dylan Morton AMA 88 80, Jesse Jacobs AMA 82 86

169 – Paulo Serrao (POR) 83 86, Reinard Schuhknect 84 85, Hanro Booysen 89 80

172 – Duan De Vries AMA 84 88

175 – Gerhard Botha AMA 87 88, Jabu Radebe 94 81

178 – Gustav Erasmus 93 85

DSQ – Dwayne Basson

 

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

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