25th April 2018 | IGT Golf

Kim edges clear at Kyalami

Kim edges clear at Kyalami

(Dongkwan Kim; credit CJ du Plooy)

JOHANNESBURG, 24 April 2018 – Dongkwan Kim fired four birdies on the bounce over the last four holes at Kyalami Country Club to pull clear of the chasing pack in the second round of the IGT Challenge Tour #3 on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old South Korean golfer had a birdie-laden day with seven gains – three on the front nine and the string of four down the back – but he dropped two shots at the fifth right after he eagled the par five fourth and bogeyed 11 for a six-under 66.

Kim honed his craft on the IGT Challenge Tour since 2012 and won the Race to Asia Match Play at Kempton Park Golf Club in 2013 before he earned his Sunshine Tour card in 2015.

“I’m very happy with my golf today,” said Kim. “I hit the ball well and I putted nicely. But it’s only a one shot lead, so I need to keep the putter warm in the final round.”

Kim leads the field on seven-under 137 and will head into the final round one shot clear of a resurgent Michiel Bothma.

The three-time Sunshine Tour winner began the journey back to the main circuit on the country’s premier golf development tour after a long injury lay-off. Boosted by a tie for seventh in the first event of the new Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour at Silver Lakes last week, the former PGA Championship winner filed a 67 that featured only one bogey at the 10th.

Hot on their heels, rookie Cameron Moralee will be chasing hard in the final round.

The former Freddie Tait Trophy winner celebrated his maiden IGT Challenge Tour victory with a wire-to-wire performance in the third Race to Q-School at Ruimsig in just his fourth start last year. With rounds of 69 and 70, Moralee sits just two off the pace and will be looking to convert a runner-up finish in his rookie start last week to more silverware on Wednesday.

The final round promises to be an exciting affair, as only four shots separate the top eight players.

Making some positive moves was Sunshine Ladies Tour campaigner Ivanna Samu, who carded a 69 to climb to joint fourth.

The former Sanlam SA Amateur champion was flawless with four birdies until she dropped a shot at the par four 16th that earned her a seat on the bus at four-under with Ruhan van Dijk (69), Albert Venter (74), Ruan Korb (71) and first round pacesetter Tristen Strydom, who stumbled with a trio of bogeys from 15 and signed for a 75.

“I’m excited for the final round,” said Samu. “I was a little disappoint with the bogey late in the round, but it’s great to be inside the top five. My form is good at the moment, so I’m looking for some consistency and hopefully a top five finish on Wednesday.”

Second Round Scores

All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as AMA

137 – Dongkwan Kim (KOR) 71 66

138 – Michiel Bothma 71 67

139 – Cameron Moralee 69 70

140 – Ruhan van Dijk 71 69, Albert Venter 66 74, Ruan Korb 69 71, Ivanna Samu 71 69, Tristen Strydom 65 75

141 – Andrew Carlsson 74 67

143 – James Pennington (SWZ) 69 74, David Mofokeng (LSO) 73 70, Dwayne Basson 71 72

144 – Damian Naicker 72 72, Keaton Slatter AMA 72 72

145 – Leon Vorster 73 72, Luke Brown 75 70

146 – Hendrikus Stoop 70 76, Louis Botha 75 71, Leon Visser 77 69

148 – Dino Capazario AMA 74 74, Romano Saincic 77 71, Albert Visser 78 70, Stephan du Toit AMA 73 75

149 – Fritz Orren AMA 76 73

150 – Gerard du Plooy 75 75

151 – Dean du Plessis AMA 78 73

152 – Divan de Villiers 76 76, Tristan Maharaj AMA 75 77, Divan Marais 76 76, Michael Pfeifer AMA 69 83, Clinton Grobler 74 78

153 – Arno Pretorius 78 75, Ricardo Towell 78 75, Hayden Griffiths 76 77

154 – Neezy Thubisi 79 75, Tumelo Molloyi AMA 81 73

155 – Quintin Crause 78 77, Adrian Brabson AMA 78 77, Byron Garvie 76 79, Landon Ferguson AMA 77 78

156 – Maritz Wessels 81 75

157 – Adam Baker 79 78, Francesca Cuturi 80 77, Duan Nagel AMA 82 75

Missed the cut:-

158 – Paulo Serrao (POR) 80 78, Tiger Malabie AMA 77 81, Alpheus Kelapile 77 81

159 – Yusuf Raidhan AMA (MLW) 81 78, Marcel Steyn Scholtz AMA 79 80, Jonathan George AMA 79 80, Tristan Malan AMA 79 80

160 – Maverick Faber AMA (FRA) 79 81, Cameron Gunning 80 80

163 – Marcus Smal AMA 80 83

164 – Robert Tilbury 81 83

165 – Leslie Grandet (MDG) 86 79

168 – Duan de Vries AMA 88 80, Gerhard Botha AMA 77 91

169 – Tommie Brits 87 82

170 – Neo Mokgatle AMA 85 85

174 – Jesse Jacobs AMA 87 87

DSQ – Dylan van Heerden AMA 94 DSQ 

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

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