15th May 2018 | IGT Golf

Du Plessis drives to Big Easy lead

Du Plessis drives to Big Easy lead

(PHOTO – CJ du Plessis  credit CJ du Plooy)

JOHANNESBURG, 15 May 2018 – CJ du Plessis nosed clear of the field in the second event on the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour with a solid three-under-par 69 at Modderfontein Golf Club on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old Limpopo golfer leads by two shots on six-under 138 from 2018 Vusi Ngubeni Stroke Play champion Teboho Sefatsa, who racked up seven birdies and an eagle as he blitzed around the course in 65 strokes and shaved 10 shots off an opening 75.

Coming off a tie for 25th in the Investec Royal Swazi Open last week, Du Plessis was pretty pleased with an almost flawless round that featured one bogey, a birdie on each nine and an eagle at the par five eighth.

“I teed off at the 10th and made a three-putt bogey at 11 from about 20 feet behind the hole,” said the Irene Country Club golfer. “It wasn’t the ideal start, but I managed to hit a wedge really close at 16 and holed the putt for birdie.

“I missed two short birdie chances, but at least I was back to level. I went with a three-wood off the tee at the first and hit a solid 9-iron in to 12 foot, but I missed the eagle putt. I boxed a short one for birdie to dip into red numbers.”

The former IGT Challenge Tour winner made six straight pars, but two good shots at the long eighth set up a three that vaulted Du Plessis to the top of the leaderboard.

“I hit a great down the eighth fairway and a 7-iron that plugged on the green,” he said. “I had about eight feet left to the hole and I didn’t make any mistakes with that putt. The course took a beating with the rain in round one and it played quite long.

“I feel confident about tomorrow and I’m looking forward to play in the leading group and experience a bit of pressure. Obviously it would be great to finish with a win, but it’s a tight leaderboard with a lot of hungry guys chasing the trophy, so we’ll just have to see how it all turns out. Irrespective of how things turn out in the final round, I’ll be leaving immediately for the Swaziland to pre-qualify for the Lombard Insurance Classic on Friday.”

Pieter Moolman and Duane Keun returned a pair of 68s to tie for third on three under with Matthew Spacey, who carded 71. Arno Pretorius, Sean Bradley, Marthin Scheepers and Conway Kunneke are a further stroke adrift in joint sixth while overnight leader Thabang Simon had to settle for a seat on the nine-man bus at two-under after he battled to a round of 75.

Second Round Scores

All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as AMA

138 – CJ du Plessis 69 69

140 – Teboho Sefatsa 75 65

141 – Pieter Moolman 73 68, Matthew Spacey 70 71, Duane Keun 73 68

142 – Arno Pretorius 71 71, Sean Bradley 72 70, Marthin Scheepers 72 70, Conway Kunneke 75 67

143 – Angus Ellis-Cole AMA (a) 69 74, Thabang Simon 68 75, Ruan Korb 77 66, Peetie Van Der Merwe 72 71, Andrew Burmester 76 67, Martin Rominger (SUI) 69 74, Stuart Smith (BOT) 75 68, Dylan Mostert 73 70, Dwayne Basson 71 72

144 – Jason Roets 72 72, Jeff Inglis (ENG) 71 73, Dylan Kok 69 75, Jason Rossiter 72 72, Juran Dreyer 76 68, Keelan Africa 73 71

145 – Dongkwan Kim (KOR) 73 72, Makhetha Mazibuko 77 68, Allister De Kock 73 72, Matt Bright 80 65, Heinrich Bruiners 74 71, Andi Dill 73 72

146 – Adriel Poonan 76 70, Nico Du Buisson 73 73, Sipho Bujela 74 72, Michael Pfeifer AMA (a) 72 74, Tumelo Molloyi AMA (a) 76 70

Missed the cut:-

147 – Hendrikus Stoop 73 74, Erhard Lambrechts 75 72

148 – Jastice Mashego 72 76, Scott Chambers AMA 75 73, Patrick Thompson 73 75, Clinton Grobler 72 76, Matthew Rushton 73 75

149 – Bradley Diggeden AMA 77 72, Neal Herman 74 75, Gerard Du Plooy 76 73, Gary Daoust (BEL) 77 72, Andrew Carlsson 75 74, Armand Van Dyk AMA 77 72, Gert Myburgh 76 73, Jason Smith 74 75, Eric Nel 75 74, Mark James (ENG) 76 73, Jesper Alm (SWE) 73 76

150 – Stephan Erasmus 72 78, Neezy Thubisi 77 73, Divan Gerber 77 73, Christopher Van der Merwe AMA 77 73, Antonio Costa (CHL) 75 75, Kyle Barker 74 76, Marco De Beer 78 72, Leon Vorster 79 71

151 – Craigen Clough AMA 75 76, Jonathan Waschefort 73 78, Divan De Villiers 74 77, Evance Vukeya 77 74, Romano Saincic 76 75, Divan Marais 78 73, Tertius Van Den Berg 75 76, Derick Petersen 76 75

152 – Paul De Beer 77 75, Mohit Mediratta (KEN) 81 71, Brett Liddle 77 75, Quintin Crause 76 76

153 – Marc De Jager AMA (ENG) (a) 74 79, Maritz Wessels 79 74, Henning Du Plooy AMA 75 78, Louis Botha 74 79, Michiel Bothma 79 74, Michael Kok 73 80, LJ Lowies AMA 80 73

154 – Richard Joubert 75 79, Michael Dreyer 77 77, Ruan Groenewald 74 80, Wayne du Toit 80 74, Duan Nagel AMA 80 74, Johan Van Der Wath 74 80, Luke Brown 77 77, Antonio Rosado (POR) 75 79, Neville Mitchell AMA 76 78

155 – Thabo Moraba 79 76, Christopher De Beer 80 75, Shalan Govender 79 76, Ricardo Towell 77 78, Dayne Moore (ZAM) 77 78, David Mofokeng (LSO) 72 83, Hayden Griffiths 80 75, Yubin Jung 81 74

156 – David Rebelo 74 82, Shaun van Tonder 80 76, Albert Visser 75 81, Greg Bentley (ZIM) 83 73, Teagan Moore 76 80

157 – Terence Mogapi 81 76, Kyle Opperman AMA 77 80, Andrew Plint AMA 77 80, Teddy Mathebula 73 84, Michael-James Steyn 78 79, Gilson Filho (BRA) 81 76, Albert Venter 80 77, Warric Dyers 78 79, Dylan Docherty 83 74

158 – Phumlani Maluka 82 76, Jonathan Kotzen AMA 80 78

159 – Jonathan George AMA 77 82, Keanu Pestana AMA 84 75

160 – Marcus Smal AMA 78 82, Alwyn Smith 78 82, Jancarel Rossouw AMA 85 75, Stephane Van Neer AMA (COD) 79 81, Leon Visser 77 83, Allan Jirek AMA (CZE) 86 74

161 – Quintin Wilsnach 83 78

162 – Dino Di Carlo AMA 75 87, Christiaan Pretorius 80 82, Adam Baker 82 80

163 – Banele Motloung 82 81, Liam Clinton AMA 81 82, Nicklas Van Wyk AMA 84 79, Marais Visagie 85 78

164 – Paulo Serrao (POR) 89 75, Donald Makhafola AMA 84 80

165 – Byron Garvie 81 84, Michael Van Rooyen 85 80

168 – Dean Du Plessis AMA 76 92

170 – Adrian Brabson AMA 89 81

173 – Hanro Booysen 90 83

WDN – Matthew Hands AMA 78 WDN, Jack Rex Duthie 82 WDN, Tudor Bismark (ZIM) 88 WDN

RTD – Thabiso Ngcobo 78 RTD, Cameron Moralee 72 RTD, Ryan Woolley AMA RTD

DSQ – John McClean (NIR), CJ Levey

 

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

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