26th September 2019 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Momentum with Venter in Big Easy IGT Centurion

Momentum with Venter in Big Easy IGT Centurion

(Photo – Albert Venter; credit CJ du Plooy)

26 September 2019 – A patient Albert Venter was rewarded with a four-shot lead as action wrapped up in the second round of the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour #12 at on Thursday.

The 23-year-old Silver Lakes golfer fired a flawless six-under-par 66 to lead the field at Centurion Country Club on seven-under 137.

Venter will be paired with his nearest challenger, fellow Pretoria native Jason Smith, who carded 69.

The Irene golfer won the fifth event of the series at State Mines event in June and has held the number two spot in the Road to Sunshine Tour standings since August.

Gary Player School of 2019 member Dwayne Basson got himself into the contention with a round of 71.

The Kuils River golfer shares third on two-under with join Aubrey Beckley (68), Marthin Scheepers (69) and Belgium golfer Gary Daoust (70).

Meanwhile Morne Buys and Gerhard Pepler, who shared the first round lead on two-under, had mixed fortunes on another blustery day in Centurion. Buys from Welkom but dropped to seventh after posting 73, while Limpopo rookie Pepler missed the cut, set six-over 150, by one shot after signing for 81.

Venter had his professional breakthrough on the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour at Reading Country Club last year and notched his second title in the Race to Q-School series on the IGT Challenge Tour in January at Centurion Country Club.

He is hoping for another positive result in Friday’s final round. “There are no guarantees in this game, but I am really playing for the win this week,” Venter said.

“I hope if I win, I will be considered for a couple of Sunshine Tour invites so I can build more experience. Anytime you can tee it up against the pros it’s a huge learning curve and I believe that will help me hone my game even more.”

Venter has steadily risen to eighth in the rankings and came into this week on the back of a top four finish in the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour #11 at State Mines. “I’m swinging it great so I’ve only done some light maintenance with my coach Gavan Levenson to keep things consistent, but we did switch to a new putting style. This is my sixth event with the arm-lock style and my stats keep on improving.”

The Silver Lakes golfer racked up three pairs of birdies in his bogey-free second round.

“I got off to a birdie-birdie start and the goal was to hand in a clean card,” he said. “I hit a great drive down the fairway on the seventh and left my 3-iron approach just short of the green, but made a good up-and-down to birdie the par five.

“The eighth was playing shorter than in the first round. I had 130 metres flag and hit gap-wedge to six feet and made the putt. On 10 I hit another solid drive down the middle, and hit my approach a little too long, but I drained the 20-footer for birdie. Then I hit it six feet below the cup on 11 and boxed for birdie.

“Patience was the key for me today. Most of the putts down the back nine were outside birdie distance and I just stayed patient. I had a makeable putt on 15 but I pushed it past the hole; made the five-footer for par, though, to keep the momentum going, though.

“The wind didn’t blow as hard today, but it was pretty blustery in the morning. It dropped to about a one and a half club wind on the back. I’m really pleased with how I managed my game and hopefully it will be more of the same on Friday, so I get to take the trophy home.”

 

Second Round Scores

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

137 – Albert Venter 71 66

141 – Jason Smith 72 69

142 – Dwayne Basson 71 71, Aubrey Beckley 74 68, Marthin Scheepers 73 69, Gary Daoust (BEL) 72 70

143 – Morne Buys 70 73

144 – Clayton Mansfield 74 70, Jeff Inglis (ENG) 76 68, Keaton Slatter 77 67, Neil Cheetham (ENG) 74 70

145 – Stephan Erasmus 73 72, Jason Froneman 73 72

146 – Bryce Myburgh 78 68, Michael Schutz 76 70, Jaco van der Merwe 75 71, Coert Groenewald 76 70, Mike Maile 77 69

147 – Malcolm Mitchell 76 71, Leon Vorster 78 69, Thabang Simon 77 70, Eric Nel 74 73, Jason Roets 75 72

148 – Luan Boshoff 76 72, Hennie O’Kennedy 77 71, Dylan Kok 73 75

149 – Matthew Spacey 77 72, Desne van den Bergh 71 78

150 – Jack Duthie 75 75, Gerard du Plooy 78 72, Nico du Buisson 75 75

 

Missed the cut:-

151 – Henning du Plooy 77 74, Matt Saulez 74 77, Gerhard Pepler 70 81, Zabastian de Jager 77 74, Neal Woernhard (SUI) 76 75

152 – Divan Marais 77 75, Maverick Faber (FRA) 79 73, Romano Saincic 75 77, Angus Ellis-Cole 79 73, Carlo Heunis 80 72, Quintin Crause 74 78

153 – Duan Nagel 78 75, Michael Kok 77 76, Jason Rossiter 81 72, Jason Viljoen 79 74

154 – Michael-James Steyn 80 74

155 – Gideon van der Vyver 78 77, Quintin Wilsnach 83 72, Dennis Williams 78 77

156 – Cameron Moralee 81 75, Ruhan van Dijk 84 72, Reinhardt Blaauw 82 74

157 – Christian Basson 84 73, Francois Blaauw AMA 83 74, Shalan Govender 78 79

158 – Jared Hall AMA 79 79

159 – Jay Fourie 79 80, Donovan Liddicoat AMA 82 77, Gareth Sargent 84 75, Albert Visser 84 75, Phumlani Maluka 82 77, Keanu Pestana 87 72, Xander Prinsloo AMA 84 75

161 – Byron van der Merwe 82 79, Dean du Plessis 82 79, Julian de Wet AMA 87 74, JP du Rand AMA 80 81, Richard Spagnolo AMA 85 76

162 – Paulo Serrao (POR) 82 80, Christiaan Pretorius 80 82, Nqobani Ndabambi (ZIM) 85 77

164 – Muhluri Mahime 79 85, Roedolf Klopper AMA 86 78

165 – Martinus Barnard 81 84, Jarryd Govender 83 82, Neo Mokgatle 81 84, Regan Steyn AMA 89 76

166 – Wesley du Toit AMA 83 83, Richard Kruger AMA 86 80, Marcel Scholtz 86 80

168 – Darren Slingers AMA 82 86, Clinton Duncan AMA 87 81

172 – Louis Botha 94 78

 

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

 

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