10th September 2019 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Mitchell on track for Big Easy IGT hat-trick

Mitchell on track for Big Easy IGT hat-trick

(PHOTO – Malcolm Mitchell; credit CJ du Plooy)

PRETORIA, 10 September 2019 – Malcolm Mitchell will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour #11 at Services Golf Club on Wednesday, but the KwaZulu-Natal rookie will have to stave off a large chasing pack as he seeks to become the first three-time winner on the golf development series this season.

Mitchell, who notched his first trophy at Akasia Golf Club in July and won again at ERPM Golf Club in August, carded successive rounds of 66 to move to 12-under-par 132.

“It was just another solid round for me,” said the Kloof golfer. “I started with a tap-in birdie on the 10th and had a stock-standard birdie on the par five (12th hole) before I made a silly bogey on 14.

“I hit it right of the green, but my chip ran past the pin, gathered speed and rolled off the green and straight down the bank. I couldn’t up-and-down to save par, but I hit a good tee shot and drained a 15-footer at the next hole to get it back to eight-under.

“Coming home, I wedged it to four-feet and birdied the par five second and after a couple of solid pars, I boxed a testy left to right putt for birdie at seven. On the last hole, I nearly holed out for an albatross. I hit a great drive down the middle and my approach hit the bottom of the flag and stopped, so I just had to tap in for an eagle finish.

“My game is really solid at the moment. I was never in any kind of trouble out there and I’m looking forward to having some fun in the final round.”
The current Race to Sunshine Tour leader will have the experienced Desne van den Bergh and Boland rookie Luan Boshoff breathing down his neck.

Van den Bergh matched the low round of the day with a seven-under-par 65 to move to second on 10-under, while Boshoff took route 66 to finish third on nine-under.

After several close calls, Van den Bergh beat Mitchell by one shot to shed his bridesmaid tag when he beat Mitchell by one shot to win the eighth event of the series at Centurion Country Club at the end of July and Mitchell expects another tough tussle.

“I’ve played with both of them and one thing is for sure, they won’t give me the win,” Mitchell said.

“They will definitely make me work for it. The thing to except is that you can’t control what the other guys are doing out there. If a guy starts to runs hot, you have to stay in the zone and manage your own game and if it’s it good enough you win; if it’s not, he wins.”

The top six ranked players in the Road to Sunshine Tour at the end of the season will gain full cards on the Sunshine Tour and this is always in the back of your mind, said Mitchell.

“I’m in a good position at the moment, leading the money list, and I’d like to stay there, but you can’t be out there thinking about winning. You play hole-by-hole and you try to play the best shot every time to keep yourself in the mix. The only time you think about the win is when you’re standing over the final putt. Plus the guys on eight-under and seven-under are also still in it, so I’m just going to go out there, play my game and try to have some fun and hopefully it ends with another trophy.”

Four-time Sunshine Tour winner Ruan de Smidt, who shared the first round lead on six-under, finished in a three-way tie on eight-under with Richard Joubert (68) and Dylan Kok (66) after carding a second round 70.

Albert Venter racked up five birdies in six holes from the 13th hole on his way to a 65 and a share of seventh with Jeff Inglis and Clayton Mansfield, who both returned rounds of 68.

Second Round Scores

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

132 – Malcolm Mitchell 66 66

134 – Desne van den Bergh 69 65

135 – Luan Boshoff 69 66

136 – Dylan Kok 70 66, Ruan de Smidt 66 70, Richard Joubert 68 68

137 – Albert Venter 72 65, Jeff Inglis (ENG) 69 68, Clayton Mansfield 69 68

138 – Jason Rossiter 70 68, Jason Roets 71 67, Darin de Smidt 70 68, Matthew Spacey 66 72, Gideon van der Vyver 69 69, Clinton Grobler 67 71

139 – Caylum Boon 70 69, Theunis Bezuidenhout 70 69, Morne Buys 71 68, Allister de Kock 69 70

140 – Marco de Beer 68 72, Reinhardt Blaauw 71 69, Coert Groenewald 72 68, Hendrikus Stoop 72 68, Basil Wright 68 72

141 – Aubrey Beckley 71 70, Jonathan Waschefort 68 73

142 – Beyers Smith AMA 74 68, Keaton Slatter 67 75, Divan Marais 71 71, Quintin Wilsnach 71 71, Peetie van der Merwe 69 73, Arno Pretorius 68 74, Jack Duthie 74 68, Jason Smith 71 71, DK Kim (KOR) 67 75, Makhetha Mazibuko 72 70, Bryce Myburgh 71 71, Leon Vorster 72 70, Thabiso Ngcobo 70 72

Missed the cut:-

143 – Divan de Villiers 70 73, Yubin Jung 69 74, Neil Cheetham (ENG) 71 72, Marthin Scheepers 76 67, Leon Visser 72 71, Jason Viljoen 74 69, Dwayne Basson 76 67, Nicholaus Frade 72 71, Alpheus Kelapile 74 69

144 – Jaco van der Merwe 71 73, Adriel Poonan 72 72, Mike Maile 72 72, Keanu Pestana 69 75, Michael Kok 70 74, Matt Saulez 72 72

145 – Quintin Crause 71 74, Gareth Sargent 72 73, Ryan Tipping 75 70, Gerhard Pepler 67 78, John McClean (NIR) 75 70

146 – Stuart Smith (BOT) 71 75, Neal Woernhard (SUI) 75 71, Hanlo Jacobs 73 73, Ruhan van Dijk 74 72, Dennis Williams 77 69, Zabastian de Jager 76 70, Karl Ochse 74 72, Michael-James Steyn 73 73, Jay Fourie 69 77

147 – Carlo Heunis 73 74, CJ Levey 75 72, Phumlani Maluka 76 71, Henning du Plooy 75 72

148 – Matt Bright 73 75, Teboho Sefatsa 74 74, Hennie O’Kennedy 76 72

149 – Jason Froneman 72 77, Jason Diab 71 78, Romano Saincic 75 74, Alex Pienaar AMA 74 75

150 – Ruan Groenewald 74 76, Wayne Stroebel 77 73, Fritz Orren 79 71, Teddy Mathebula 78 72, Paulo Serrao (POR) 73 77, Duan Nagel 75 75, Thabang Simon 78 72, Cameron Esau 73 77, Brandon Gildenhuys AMA 73 77

151 – Gary Daoust (BEL) 76 75, Eric Nel 81 70

152 – Mitchell Lightfoot 78 74, Francois Blaauw AMA 75 77, Christian Basson 78 74, Nqobani Ndabambi (ZIM) 76 76, Pequestro Dyssel 76 76

153 – Mark Murless 79 74, Evance Vukeya 74 79, Dean du Plessis 74 79

154 – Jacques Viljoen AMA 77 77, Byron van der Merwe 77 77, Maverick Faber (FRA) 77 77

155 – Neo Mokgatle 80 75, Michael Schutz 80 75

156 – Christiaan Pretorius 82 74, Albert Visser 77 79, Michael Pfeifer 77 79, Charles Spencer-White (WAL) 74 82, Marnus Barnard AMA 77 79

159 – Wesley du Toit AMA 77 82

162 – Tanaka Mhere (ZIM) 80 82

163 – Donald Makhafola AMA 79 84

169 – Cameron Gurr AMA 82 87

172 – Christopher Constantinou AMA 90 82

WDN – Cody Holwill AMA 88 WDN

DSQ – Louis Botha 79 DSQ

RTD – Ruan Korb RTD

 

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

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