30th July 2019 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Mitchell eyes Big Easy IGT repeat at Centurion

Mitchell eyes Big Easy IGT repeat at Centurion

(PHOTO – Malcolm Mitchell; credit CJ du Plooy)

PRETORIA, 30 July 2019 – KwaZulu-Natal rookie Malcolm Mitchell will go in search of a Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour double after securing pole position in the eighth event of the season with a stunning second round 65 at Centurion Country Club on Tuesday.

His lowest round of the season – highlighted by five birdies and an eagle at the par five 12th – has put Mitchell in a great position to close out a second victory and a R10 500 pay-day will guarantee him the number one spot in the rankings.

“The long play is a top six spot at the end of the season to gain a full card for the Sunshine Tour next year and every time you can put yourself in contention, you’re a little closer to the end goal,” said 23-year-old Kloof golfer.

“I’m out here trying to make sure I finish as high as possible, not just to try and protect my number two spot, so I won’t be holding back in the final round.”

One of the inform players on the 2019/2020 Road to Sunshine Tour, the former GolfRSA National Squad member converted three top 10 finishes for his first professional win in the sixth event of the series at Akasia Country Club at the start of July.

Two good days have moved him to 12-under 132, but Mitchell will need to go low one more time with a big chasing pack on his heels.

His nearest challenger is overnight leader Desne van den Bergh, who finished in a flurry of birdies for a 69 and sits on 10-under.

Rounds of 68 boosted Leon Vorster to third on nine-under and Arno Pretorius to fourth, a further shot back. Gideon van der Vyfer fired a 67 to join Big Easy IGT State Mines winner Jason Smith on seven-under.

Seasoned campaigner Coert Groenewald shared the low round honours with Mitchell and his 65 propelled the Houghton golfer to joint fifth on six-under with amateur pair Keagan Thomas (69 69) and Otto van Buynder (71 67).

“The leaderboard is packed and at a course like Centurion, a guy six shots back can still win it. I can’t control what the rest of the guys do. Anyone can hit a hot run, so all I can do is manage my own game and try to put the best score possible on that leaderboard,” Mitchell said.

“I didn’t have the best ball-striking round of the season today, but when I missed, I missed it on the right side and I gave myself chances to score.

“There was no drama; no heroics. Just a solid round. I got off to a great start and that set the tone for the day. I hit my second short left of the green and chipped in for eagle on 12 and that gave me a lovely little lift.”

Mitchell birdied 18 and started his back nine with another gain to go nine-under.

“The pin on the par four fifth was tacked behind the greenside bunker and you didn’t have a lot of space to manoeuvre, but I hit a great lob-wedge to eight feet and holed it for birdie. Two more birdies coming home did the job.

“The putter has behaved really nicely over the past two days and the short-game has been solid very solid, so I’ll just keep doing the things I’ve been doing, and hopefully it lands me in the winner’s circle again.”

Meanwhile, Matthew Rushton and Erhard Lambrechts received some great news. The pair retired after getting the call-up to join the field for the Sunshine Tour’s Royal Swazi Spa Challenge at Royal Swazi Spa Country Club on Wednesday.

Second Round Scores

All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified and amateurs indicated as AMA.

132 – Malcolm Mitchell 67 65

134 – Desne van den Bergh 65 69

135 – Leon Vorster 67 68

136 – Arno Pretorius 68 68

137 – Gideon van der Vyver 70 67, Jason Smith 68 69

138 – Keagan Thomas AMA 69 69, Coert Groenewald 73 65, Otto van Buynder AMA 71 67

139 – Luke Trocado 69 70, Reinhardt Blaauw 67 72, Michael Schutz 71 68, Jeff Inglis (ENG) 72 67

140 – Theunis Bezuidenhout 71 69, Albert Venter 69 71

141 – Francois van der Walt AMA 71 70, Quintin Wilsnach 71 70, Keaton Slatter 69 72, Matthew Spacey 70 71, Michael Kok 70 71, Angus Ellis-Cole 71 70

142 – Marco de Beer 66 76, Gareth Sargent 71 71, Casey Jarvis AMA 76 66

143 – Nicholaus Frade 72 71, Jason Roets 73 70, James Kamte 71 72, Hennie O’Kennedy 72 71, Clayton Mansfield 72 71

144 – Michael-James Steyn 69 75, Dwayne Basson 74 70, Paulo Serrao (POR) 70 74, Luan Boshoff 74 70, Thabiso Ngcobo 70 74, Richard Joubert 69 75

Missed the cut:-

145 – Marcel Steyn Scholtz 72 73, Jonathan Waschefort 75 70, Gary Daoust (BEL) 73 72, Marthin Scheepers 72 73, Jason Rossiter 73 72, Phumlani Maluka 69 76, Zabastian de Jager 74 71, Jaco van der Merwe 71 74

146 – Keegan Mclachlan AMA 73 73, Maritz Wessels 72 74

147 – Gerhard Pepler 73 74, Tumelo Molloyi 78 69, Eric Wowor AMA 80 67, Gerard du Plooy 75 72, Neal Woernhard (SUI) 73 74

148 – Liam Labuschagne 72 76, Ruhan van Dijk 73 75, Eric Nel 77 71, Quintin Crause 74 74, John McClean (NIR) 75 73, Caylum Boon 71 77

149 – Thabang Simon 76 73, Sipho Bujela 70 79, Ryan Joyce AMA 76 73, Xander Prinsloo AMA 72 77

150 – Jay Dean Fourie 75 75, Lwazi Gqira 73 77

151 – Cameron Gurr AMA 75 76, Albert Visser 79 72, Neville Mitchell 77 74, Jack Duthie 73 78

152 – Armand van Dyk AMA 73 79, CJ Levey 76 76, Dennis Williams 78 74

153 – Leon Visser 79 74, Basil Wright 80 73, Hans-Jurie Human 80 73

154 – Alex Pienaar AMA 78 76

155 – Nicholas Souranis AMA 81 74, Mitchell Lightfoot 80 75, Divan Marais 80 75, Byron van der Merwe 74 81, JP du Rand AMA 84 71, Christian Basson 82 73, Mark Bright 77 78

156 – Louis Botha 80 76, Clinton Duncan AMA 79 77

157 – James Cleasby AMA 79 78, Donald Makhafola AMA 77 80, Byron Coetzee 76 81

158 – Terence Archibald 79 79, Deon Bredenkamp 78 80, Alan Buttle AMA 77 81, Jeremy Sharpe 80 78, Duan Nagel 79 79

159 – Carlo Heunis 74 85, Michael Pfeifer 80 79, Dean du Plessis 79 80

160 – Shalan Govender 83 77

161 – Wesley du Toit AMA 77 84, Marnus Barnard AMA 79 82

162 – Luca Rodrigues AMA 80 82, Neo Mokgatle 83 79, Henning du Plooy 79 83

163 – Jarryd Govender 83 80

164 – Kaylin Pillay AMA 82 82

165 – Luke Barblan AMA (SUI) 80 85

166 – Christopher Constantinou AMA 80 86, Neil Swart (NAM) 81 85

167 – Matt Saulez 88 79, Jacques Viljoen AMA 81 86

168 – Kyle McClean AMA 89 79

RTD – Matthew Rushton 76 RTD, Erhard Lambrechts 69 RTD, Morne van der Waltsleben AMA RTD

 

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

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