20th June 2018 | IGT Golf

Nethunzwi under pressure at Kyalami

Nethunzwi under pressure at Kyalami
PHOTO – Musi Nethunzwi; credit CJ du Plooy)

JOHANNESBURG, 19 June 2018 – Muzi Nethunzwi retained the lead of IGT Challenge #7 at the 36-hole mark after a one under par second round of 71, but the Gary Player School of 2018 is under pressure after a bogey-bogey finish at Kyalami Country Club.
The Modderfontein golfer, who set the first round pace with a blistering seven-under 65, moved to eight-under 138, but at least seven players are within four shots of his lead, led by Mpumalanga golfer Peetie van der Merwe.
Peetie moved within one of Nethunzwi with a round of 68.
Nethunzwi made two birdies on the front loop to cancel a pair of bogeys and got it to three under with further gains at 12, 13 and 16, but let the chasing pack in when he dropped shots at the final two holes.
“My swing feels very comfortable right now,” said the 29-year-old from Soweto.
“There are still a few shots going left or right, but I just need to get the rhythm and the arms through it and I’ll be fine. I kept the ball in play for most of the round, but I didn’t putt as well as I did in the first round. It was still pretty good.
“When I struggled, I kept grinding. I reminded myself that I turned things around in the first round and I did it again with the birdies at six and nine to get back to level par. I boxed a 10-footer at 12 and holed a 20-footer at 13 to go two-under.
“At 14, I made a good up-and-down to save par and my birdie putt at 15 finished just short of the hole. I hit driver down the middle at 16 and my second from 60 metres out to six foot and holed the putt for birdie. Just the last two holes, I let myself down.
“I didn’t up-and-down from the bunker at 17 and at 18, I hit a good tee shot down the middle. I had 186 metres flag and hit a 7-iron, but I didn’t catch it nicely and it ended up in the water right. But I’m really happy with the way I kept fighting. I’ll approach the final round the same way. I’ll play my own game and worry about the scores after the round.”
Meanwhile Van der Merwe made a fast start with three birdies on the bounce.
He recovered from a double bogey at the par five fourth with further gains at five and nine to go through the turn at three-under. He cancelled another bogey at 11 with birdies at 12 and 13, and erased a final drop at 15 with a birdie finish.
Amateur pair Slade Pickering from Pecanwood and Keegan Mclachlan from Silver Lakes also closed with fours at the par five closing hole for 69s to tie for third, two shots off the pace.
South African Golf Development Board graduate Keelan Africa from Stellenbosch Golf Club also got into the mix with an eagle finish for a 68 that will see him start the final round at five under.
Cameron Moralee and John McClean returned rounds of 68 and Pretoria amateur Stals Swart eagled 18 for a 71 to finish four shots off the pace on four under.

Second Round Scores
All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as AMA
136 – Musiwalo Nethunzwi 65 71
137 – Peetie van der Merwe 69 68
138 – Slade Pickering AMA 69 69, Keegan Mclachlan AMA 69 69
139 – Keelan Africa 71 68
140 – Stals Swart AMA 69 71, John McClean (NIR) 72 68, Cameron Moralee 72 68
141 – Paul Rodrigues AMA 71 70
142 – Eric Wower AMA 71 71, Chandler Shaw AMA 69 73, Ricardo Towell 73 69, Thabang Simon 69 73, Allister de Kock 73 69, Kyle Barker 72 70, Otto van Buynder AMA 68 74, Jason Diab 70 72, Dongkwan Kim (KOR) 71 71
143 – Hayden Griffiths 74 69, Michiel Bothma 78 65, Ruan Korb 75 68
144 – Dwayne Basson 71 73, Breyten Meyer 71 73, Caylum Boon AMA 70 74, Lejan Lewthwaite 72 72
145 – Evance Vukeya 75 70, Stuart Smith (BOT) 73 72
146 – Marthin Scheepers 71 75, Leon Vorster 77 69, Stefan Wears-Taylor 73 73
147 – Albert Visser 72 75, Liam Labuschagne AMA 77 70, Heinrich Bruiners 78 69
148 – Gianni Pera AMA 77 71, Maverick Faber AMA (FRA) 77 71, Ivanna Samu 74 74
149 – Jancarel Rossouw AMA 75 74, Ruhan van Dijk 73 76, Mitchell Lightfoot AMA 73 76, Keaton Slatter 74 75, Derick Petersen 75 74
150 – David Rebelo 76 74, Rock Tlhabanyane 76 74, Stephan Erasmus 74 76, Neil Cheetham (ENG) 73 77, Christopher van der Merwe AMA 79 71, Kai Li AMA 77 73
151 – Andrew Plint AMA 75 76, Liam Clinton AMA 77 74, Andrew Carlsson 72 79, Omar Sandys 73 78, Nicklas van Wyk AMA 76 75
Missed the cut:-
152 – CJ Levey 75 77, Armand van Dyk AMA 74 78, Tyran van Lieshout 79 73, Adriel Poonan 79 73
153 – Makhetha Mazibuko 75 78, Nicholas Souranis AMA 75 78, Gilson Filho (BRA) 76 77, Irvin Mazibuko 76 77
154 – Alpheus Kelapile 74 80, Clifford Thompson AMA 73 81, Richard Maree 77 77, Aidan Boon AMA 79 75, Gareth Sargent AMA 74 80
155 – Jaco van der Merwe AMA 80 75, Keanu Pestana AMA 79 76, Angus Ellis-Cole AMA 77 78, Christiaan Pretorius 72 83, Chadd Drake AMA 79 76
156 – Fritz Orren 77 79, Francois van Rensburg AMA 79 77, Dominique Jacobs 80 76
157 – Stephane van Neer AMA (COD) 79 78, Andrej Skrbinsek AMA 76 81, Matthew Hands AMA 79 78
158 – Dean du Plessis AMA 76 82
159 – Christian MacGregor AMA 80 79, Joshua Smedema AMA 79 80
160 – Hanko Bothma 83 77
161 – Adam Baker 82 79
162 – Gerhard Botha AMA 88 74, Leslie Grandet (MDG) 76 86
163 – Jan-Louis Nel AMA 77 86
170 – Morne van der Waltsleben AMA 85 85
173 – Tiger Malabie AMA 85 88
N/R – Louis Botha 82 N/R
RTD – Zander Gous AMA 74 RTD
DSQ – Alwyn Smith 85 DSQ

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

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