24th July 2018 | IGT Golf

Korea’s Kim claims IGT Reading lead

Korea’s Kim claims IGT Reading lead
(PHOTO – Dongkwan Kim; credit CJ du Plooy)

ALBERTON, 24 July 2018 – DK Kim from Korea will go in pursuit of his second IGT Challenge Tour title on Wednesday after sharing the low round honour on day two with Belgium golfer Gary Daoust in Alberton.
The international pair both navigated the par-72 layout at Reading Country Club in 65 strokes to push clear of the field.
A birdie-laden front nine put Kim in pole position around the turn and two more gains on the back took his score to 10-under-par for the tournament. Daoust ran up five birdies on the back nine, but finished two shots shy of his Wanna Be A Champion stable-mate.
Gillson Filho from Argentina carded 69 and Allister de Kock posted 68 to tie for third on four-under, with fellow Gary Player School of 2018/2018 member Derick Peterson a further stroke adrift after returning a two-under 70.
Overnight leader Jaco van der Merwe cancelled a trio of bogeys on the front nine with an eagle and two birdies, but the Pretoria amateur couldn’t recover from a double bogey at 10. He signed for 74 after two further drops at 14 and 18 and will start the final round eight off the pace.
Kim won his maiden title in 2013, but has had to make two return trips to Q-School since graduating the country’s premier golf development circuit four years ago.
“Last year was a better season, but the good results came too late,” said Kim. “I missed the top 30 cut-off at Q-School by just one stroke this year and that hurt. I have a chance to get back on the Sunshine Tour if I can finish in the top 10 on the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour. Right now I’m lying fifth in the Road to Sunshine Tour, so I’m staying on course to make it.”
The Randpark golfer has been trending towards victory and came into the eighth event at Reading after a runner-up and a tie for fifth late on the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour in June.
“I found the first season on the Sunshine Tour really tough,” said Kim. “I wasn’t ready mentally for the challenges. It’s a big leap. Last year I learned a lot and started producing good results towards the end of the season.
“Mentally, I have a stronger game and my course management has really improved. When you start seeing the positive results, you build confidence. It’s great that we can keep competitive on the IGT Challenge Tour between Big Easy events, because you keep building self-belief.”
Kim’s second round started the same as his opening round: with a three-putt bogey at the first.
The 28-year-old overturned the deficit with a birdie at the par four second and he racked up further birdies at four, six, eight and nine to turn eight under.
“My birdies on the back came at 11 and 15,” Kim said.
“They moved the tees forward, so it was playing much shorter than in the first round. It was playing downwind and I didn’t have a club, so I went with a knuckle-down 9-iron. I hit it over the green, but I chipped it in for two.
“My other three-putt of the day came at the par five (12). The 15th hole was very tricky, because the wind was left to right and the flag was tucked left. I went with the safe option and hit it to the right side, leaving myself a 10 metre putt and I holed it.
“I have been putting well and I’ve taken chances when they came, so I’ll play the final round in the same way. Hit it where I can see the ball, attack the flag when I’m sure and keep it safe as I have done when I’m not. Hopefully the strategy pays off with another trophy.”

Second Round Scores
All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as AMA
132 – Dongkwan Kim (KOR) 67 65
134 – Gary Daoust (BEL) 69 65
138 – Allister de Kock 70 68, Gilson Filho (BRA) 69 69
139 – Derick Petersen 69 70
140 – Jaco van der Merwe AMA 66 74
141 – Stals Swart AMA 67 74, Adriel Poonan 73 68
142 – Stephan Erasmus 73 69
143 – Clinton Grobler 74 69, Neal Herman 73 70
144 – Keelan van Wyk AMA 71 73, Juran Dreyer 69 75, Franklin Manchest 76 68, Jason Diab 71 73
145 – Michael Kok 73 72, Ruan Korb 76 69, Omar Sandys 74 71, Slade Pickering AMA 72 73, Makhetha Mazibuko 70 75, Bradley Diggeden AMA 70 75, Christopher van der Merwe AMA 75 70, Luke Brown 72 73
146 – Hanish Nagrani (ZIM) 77 69, Peetie van der Merwe 77 69, Neville Mitchell AMA 71 75, Hendrikus Stoop 74 72, Garth Wolter 72 74, Michael Pfeifer 75 71, Stefan Wears-Taylor 74 72, Tyler Johnston AMA 72 74
147 – Matthew Rossouw AMA 71 76, Shalan Govender 76 71
148 – Keanu Pestana AMA 74 74, John McClean (NIR) 74 74, Eric Wowor AMA 70 78, Richard Maree 74 74, Tumelo Molloyi 73 75
149 – Maverick Faber AMA (FRA) 76 73, Jason Rossiter 69 80, Llewellyn Grobbelaar AMA 74 75, Jacquin Hess 74 75
150 – Ruhan van Dijk 77 73, Landon Ferguson AMA 75 75, Kyle Murphy AMA 76 74, Leon Vorster 77 73
151 – Marcus Smal AMA 81 70, Michael Louth 77 74
152 – Patric Dowling AMA 74 78, Francois Blaauw AMA 75 77, Warric Dyers 78 74
Missed the cut:-
153 – Hein Dreyer AMA 79 74, Ricki Dembo 84 69, Jay Fourie 70 83
154 – Jabulane Mabilane 79 75
155 – David Rebelo 81 74, Blain Sansom 77 78, Gareth Sargent AMA 81 74, JP Cooper AMA 78 77, Keegan van Jaarsveld 79 76
156 – Chandler Shaw AMA 77 79, Mpho Mafishe 80 76
157 – Songezo Sonamzi 79 78
159 – Mitchell Lightfoot AMA 82 77, Christian MacGregor AMA 80 79, Karl Lehmacher 75 84
160 – Jesse Jacobs AMA 79 81
161 – Dean du Plessis AMA 84 77, Andrew Plint AMA 81 80
162 – Adrian Brabson AMA 78 84, Francois van Rensburg AMA 83 79
163 – Cameron Gunning 86 77
164 – Lincon Cele 87 77
165 – Matthew Hands AMA 88 77
166 – Terence Archibald AMA 86 80
169 – David Koekemoer AMA 85 84
171 – Jeandre Pretorius AMA 86 85, Sandi Qhena AMA 90 81
172 – Bradley Mower AMA 90 82
198 – Dylan van Heerden AMA 99 99

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

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