30th April 2019 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Duo share lead on low-scoring day at Obs

Duo share lead on low-scoring day at Obs

(PHOTO – Gideon van der Vyfer; credit CJ du Plooy)

JOHANNESBURG, 30 April 2019 – Strand golfer Gideon van der Vyfer and seasoned campaigner Coert Groenewald will go into the final round of the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour #2 neck in neck on nine under par.

On a day when 40 players shot level par or less at Observatory Golf Club, Groenewald held on to a share of the lead with a five under 67 that featured five birdies on the bounce while Van der Vyfer fired a flawless 66 to surge to the top of the leaderboard.

Former SA Stroke Play champion Jason Smith carded 68 to finish two shots off the pace.

A second round 67 moved 15-year-old GolfRSA National Squad player Yurav Premlall within three shots of the leading duo. The Glendower amateur shares fourth with Gareth Sargent, who also returned a 68.

Sipho Bujela, who opened with a 68 to share the first round lead with Groenewald and Swiss golfer Neal Woernhard, slipped to a tie for sixth after returning a 71. The Soweto golfer sits on five-under with Jason Roets, who posted 69.

Fellow Gary Player School member Thabang Simon finished at four-under with a 69 and shares the eighth spot with KwaZulu-Natal rookie Malcolm Mitchell and Free State amateur Christiaan Burke, who both carded rounds of 68.

Woernhard blew out with a 75 and slipped to joint 16th on one-under.

Groenewald hit a hot run of form early on and fired five birdies on the trot from the second hole. He gave two shots back at the par four 10th, but rallied with birdies at 14 and 16 for his 67.

“I hit the green in two on the second and two-putted for birdie and hit an 8-iron to tap-in at the third,” said the Houghton professional. “I hit 8-iron again at the fourth to eight feet and boxed the putt.

“I finished just short of the green at the fifth and had a tough chip, but I made a good up-and-down for birdie. At the sixth, “At the fifth, I hit 2-iron past the flag and faced a seriously fast downhill putt, but I putt the perfect pace on the putt.

“I hit it out of bounds right at 10 and ended up making a double, but I got it back to five-under with birdies at 14 and 16. I’ve been working on swing changes with my coach, Costanza Trussoni, and all I did today was to trust the changes and commit to the shots.

“This is a very tight course, so you have to be pretty accurate off the tee. The greens took a bit of a beating with all the rain and they are inconsistent, but I’ve always loved this layout and I would really like to take it to the finish line on Wednesday.”

The top 10 players on the final Road to Sunshine Tour at the end of the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour will earn playing privileges on the Sunshine Tour.

Like Groenewald, Van der Vyfer also lost his card at the end of last season and he is equally hungry to bag a win early in the season.

“The Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour is the only way to avoid going back to Q-School,” said 25-year-old Van der Vyfer. “All the guys competing here have the same goal in mind, so the level of competition is really high. An early win in the season gives you a foot-up in the rankings, so when you’ve got yourself in contention, you have to go all-out to win.”

Second Round Scores

All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified and amateurs indicated at AMA

135 – Gideon van der Vyver 69 66, Coert Groenewald 68 67

137 – Jason Smith 69 68

138 – Yurav Premlall AMA 71 67, Gareth Sargent 70 68

139 – Jason Roets 70 69, Sipho Bujela 68 71

140 – Thabang Simon 71 69, Malcolm Mitchell 72 68, Christiaan Burke AMA 72 68

141 – Albert Venter 72 69, Clayton Mansfield 69 72

142 – Divan Marais 69 73, Quintin Wilsnach 70 72, Ruan Groenewald 71 71

143 – Neal Woernhard (SUI) 68 75, Richard Joubert 75 68, Jason Viljoen 73 70, Desne van den Bergh 73 70, John McClean (NIR) 71 72, Matthew Carvell 70 73, Marthin Scheepers 71 72

144 – Keaton Slatter 72 72, Maverick Faber (FRA) 70 74, Werner Deyzel AMA 75 69, Mitchell Lightfoot 73 71, Leon Vorster 70 74, Leon Visser 73 71, Karl Ochse 73 71

145 – Dylan O’Leary 70 75, Eric Nel 76 69, Jason Rossiter 75 70, Gary Daoust (BEL) 74 71, Henning du Plooy 76 69, Michael Kok 74 71, Jaco van der Merwe 73 72

Missed the cut:-

146 – Gerhard Pepler 69 77, Christian Basson 74 72, Ruhan van Dijk 75 71, Matthew Spacey 73 73, Andrew Burmester 76 70, Luan Boshoff 76 70, Jack Duthie 70 76

147 – Thabiso Ngcobo 76 71, Kenneth Dube 70 77, Neil Cheetham (ENG) 77 70, Thato Mazibuko 70 77

148 – Zabastian de Jager 76 72, Francois Blaauw AMA 76 72, Carlo O’Reilly 74 74, Nicholaus Frade 73 75, Paul Rodrigues 74 74

149 – Phumlani Maluka 74 75

150 – Neville Mitchell 77 73, Paulo Serrao (POR) 71 79, Tristan Topka 75 75

151 – Richard Spagnolo AMA 77 74, Xander Prinsloo AMA 76 75, Tristan Eeles 73 78, Shalan Govender 72 79, Evance Vukeya 76 75, Nqobani Ndabambi (ZIM) 75 76, Hanlo Jacobs 73 78, Reinhardt Blaauw 76 75, Khaya Jika 72 79

152 – Deon Bredenkamp 76 76

153 – Gary Jutzen AMA 74 79, Matt Saulez AMA 78 75, Romano Saincic 76 77, Ricardo Towell 80 73, Michael Louth 76 77

154 – Terence Archibald 75 79, Jared Hall AMA 82 72

155 – Albert Visser 78 77, Dennis Williams 79 76, Liam Labuschagne 79 76

156 – Christian MacGregor AMA 79 77, Teddy Mathebula 78 78

157 – Michael Pfeifer 79 78, Mohit Mediratta (KEN) 78 79

158 – Angus Ellis-Cole 78 80

159 – Neo Mokgatle 81 78, Llewellyn Grobbelaar 82 77, Adam Baker 83 76, Nhlalenhle Dlamini 75 84, Jan-Louis Nel AMA 80 79, Liam Clinton AMA 78 81, Ismaeel Randeree 78 81

161 – Christiaan Pretorius 78 83, Byron van der Merwe 81 80

163 – Duan Nagel 88 75, Patric Dowling AMA 84 79

165 – David Toplis 83 82, Songezo Sonamzi 84 81, Angelo Marques AMA 84 81

166 – James Cleasby AMA 81 85

177 – Armand van Dyk AMA 107 70

RTD – Cody Holwill AMA 85 RTD

DSQ – Alex Pienaar AMA 79 DSQ

 

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