18th September 2018 | IGT Golf

Pack in pursuit of Dreyer at Services

Pack in pursuit of Dreyer at Services

(PHOTO – Juran Dreyer; credit CJ du Plooy)

PRETORIA, 18 September 2018 – Free State rookie Juran Dreyer is on course for a maiden title on the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour after a grinding four-under 68 earned him a one-shot advantage with 18 holes to go in the season’s 10th event at Services Golf Club.

The overnight leader put on a superb ball-striking display to reel in five birdies on Tuesday.

Dreyer tops a jam-packed leaderboard on 10-under 134, with no less than eight players within five shots of the lead.

His closest challenger, Stuart Smith from Botswana, is just one shot back, while Pretoria rookie Dylan Kok matched Smith’s round of 67 to finish two shots adrift.

Two-time Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour winner Matt Bright and Gary Player School of 2017/2018 member Teboho Sefatsa tied for fourth on seven-under. Sefatsa returned a four-under 68, while Bright fired a 66 to share the low round honours with Limpopo rookie Peetie van der Merwe, who moved to sixth on six-under on his own.

Ulsterman John Mclean, Pieter Moolman and Matt Spacey complete the top 10 on five under.

Dreyer bounced back from a bogey at the third with birdies at five and nine, and further gains at 12, 13 and 18 kept him ahead of the chasing pack.

“I had another good ball striking day and the putter came to the party when it mattered. I kept the round going with solid pars and capitalised when I had opportunities to score,” said 23-year-old Schoeman Park golfer.

“It’s bunched up at the top and it’s set up to be a very exciting final round. It’s hard to make promises, but this is what I’ve been playing for. It’s going to be good to see how I handle the pressure.”

Smith is just as eager to break through on the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour.

“A win will strengthen my chances of securing a Sunshine Tour card with a top 10 finish on the Road to Sunshine Tour,” said the 28-year-old Randpark golfer. “I have affiliated membership, but that doesn’t get me into all the tournaments. The affiliated members don’t get re-ranked either.

“If I can get a card at the end of the Big Easy season, I have a better chance of getting into the big events, so that is the end goal. I’ve got a ways to go. A win will get me a lot closer to the top 10.”

Smith made a birdie start and chipped in for birdie at seven before he eagled two par fives – the ninth and 12th – to get to 10-under.

“The birdie at the first set the tone for the round and although I missed out on some chances at four, five and six, I kept the round going nicely,” Smith said. “The tee was forward at nine and it played like a longish par four, with the wind helping. I holed a good putt for eagle to turn four-under.

“I hit a great drive down 12 and a 7-iron into the green to a back pin. The ball landed pin-high right and I drained a 25-foot putt down the hill for eagle. Unfortunately I bogeyed the 15th. I was between a 7-iron and a wedge because it was playing downwind. I went with the 7-iron, plugged in the greenside bunker and couldn’t up-and-down for par.

“If it blows like it did today, the key to winning will be to keep it play. I’m putting half decent, so if I can create some opportunities for myself over the first six holes to put some pressure on Juran, it will be an exciting contest for the title.”

 

Second Round Scores

All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as AMA

134 – Juran Dreyer 66 68

135 – Stuart Smith (BOT) 68 67

136 – Dylan Kok 69 67

137 – Matt Bright 71 66, Teboho Sefatsa 69 68

138 – Peetie van der Merwe 72 66

139 – John McClean (NIR) 72 67, Pieter Moolman 69 70, Matthew Spacey 69 70

140 – Jason Rossiter 70 70, Bradley Diggeden AMA 71 69, Neil Cheetham (ENG) 69 71, Duane Keun 71 69

141 – Thabiso Ngcobo 73 68, Dayne Moore (ZAM) 75 66, Cameron Moralee 73 68, Francois Coetzee 68 73

142 – Andrew Burmester 74 68, Dylan Mostert 68 74, Makhetha Mazibuko 72 70, CJ du Plessis 74 68

143 – Jack Duthie 73 70, Leon Visser 72 71, Bryce Myburgh 71 72

144 – Richard Joubert 78 66, Ruan Groenewald 76 68, Matthew Rushton 74 70, Thabang Simon 71 73, Damon Stephenson (AUS) 70 74, Jonathan Waschefort 71 73, Gianni Pera AMA 73 71, Quintin Crause 76 68, Divan Marais 76 68, Jeff Inglis (ENG) 74 70, Arno Pretorius 71 73, Paul Boshoff 72 72, Andrew Carlsson 70 74, Wayne Stroebel 73 71

Missed the cut:-

145 – Conway Kunneke 74 71, Shaun van Tonder 72 73, Terry Smith 74 71, Stephan Erasmus 71 74, Tumelo Molloyi 73 72

146 – Keaton Slatter 76 70, Albert Visser 74 72, Dongkwan Kim (KOR) 72 74, Stefan Wears-Taylor 77 69, Romano Saincic 72 74, David Rebelo 73 73, Gareth Sargent AMA 75 71

147 – Marco de Beer 76 71, Hanish Nagrani (ZIM) 78 69, Brett Liddle 73 74, Almero Theron 74 73

148 – Zabastian de Jager 78 70, Divan de Villiers 72 76, CJ Levey 73 75, WM Coetzee AMA 78 70, Jason Diab 78 70, Leon Vorster 77 71, Eric Nel 76 72

149 – Alwyn Smit 78 71, Kyle Barker 76 73, Irvin Mazibuko 73 76, Michael Kok 75 74, Mohodi Motloung 74 75

150 – Maritz Wessels 76 74, Hayden Griffiths 77 73, Gerard du Plooy 72 78

151 – Tertius van den Berg 73 78, Patrick Thompson 77 74, Keanu Pestana AMA 77 74

152 – Jabulane Mabilane 74 78, Alpheus Kelapile 75 77, Louis Botha 77 75

153 – Jason Roets 77 76, Marcus Smal AMA 77 76

154 – Gary Daoust (BEL) 80 74, Hendrikus Stoop 78 76, Christopher de Beer 82 72, Fritz Orren 74 80, Christiaan Pretorius 80 74, Marnus Barnard AMA 76 78, Cameron Gurr AMA 72 82, Andrew Williamson AMA 78 76, Tjaart van Wyk AMA 80 74

155 – Stephan du Toit 79 76

156 – Nqobani Ndabambi (ZIM) 80 76, Jay Fourie 74 82, Rossouw Loubser 75 81

157 – Mitchell Lightfoot 81 76, Nicklas van Wyk AMA 79 78, Lance Ellerbeck AMA 78 79

158 – Tristan Topka AMA 76 82

159 – Michael Dreyer 81 78, Warric Dyers 79 80, Neo Mokgatle AMA 81 78

160 – Morne van der Waltsleben AMA 82 78

161 – Gerhard Botha AMA 83 78

162 – Marcel Steyn Scholtz AMA 84 78

WDN – Dean du Plessis AMA 85 WDN, Michael-James Steyn 79 WDN

RTD – Ricardo Towell RTD, Jaco van der Merwe AMA RTD, Ruan Korb 79 RTD

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