14th May 2019 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Pack ready to give chase at Big Easy IGT

Pack ready to give chase at Big Easy IGT

(PHOTOS – Martin Vorster and Jacquin Hess; credit CJ du Plooy)

MODDERFONTEIN, 14 May 2019 – Garrick Higgo remains the man to catch with 18 holes to play in the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour #3, but the lefty will have to hold off a hungry pack as he goes in search of a maiden professional title at Modderfontein Golf Club on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old Sunshine Tour rookie played the course blind on Monday and shot straight to the top of the pile with a sizzling six-under-par 66. A second round 70 kept him in the lead on eight-under, but he opened the door for a talented chasing pack with a hat-trick of bogeys on his back nine.

With 10 cards for the Sunshine Tour up for grabs at the end of the season, Marthin Scheepers and Ryan Tipping are bound to come out guns blazing.

Scheepers, who lost his Sunshine Tour card at the end of last season, carded 71 and Tipping posted 70 to finish within two shots of the lead.

Jacquin Hess from the Gary Player School fired a four-under 68 to blast to joint fourth on five-under with reigning Junior Open champion Martin Vorster from the GolfRSA National Squad, who birdied the closing hole for a 69.

Former three-time Sunshine Tour winner Michael Bothma and Ryan O’Neill also finished within striking distance on four-under after respective rounds of 72 and 70.

The player to watch, though, is Southern Cape amateur Jordan Duminy.

The 16-year-old GolfRSA National Squad member opened with a 74, but showed that he is ready to take the fight to his professional peers when he mixed six birdies with a lone bogey for a five-under 67 that earned him the low round honours on day two. The SA Amateur finalist will start the final round just five shots off the pace.

Higgo nearly holed out for an albatross at the first, and after an eagle start, he birdied six and eight to turn three-under. He followed a birdie at the par five 10th with bogeys at 11 and 12, reeled in another birdie at the par five 13th, but gave another shot back to the field with a bogey at 15.

“I played the course really well on the front nine, but I had a couple of soft bogeys coming home,” Higgo said.

“The set-up was tougher today and I felt a bit tired over the last couple of holes, but I kept it together to stay in front. No doubt I’ll have a target on my back in the final round, but I will just take it shot-for-shot and hopefully I can pull it through.”

Hess was delighted to get the flat-stick going after a frustrating 71 in the first round.

“I sunk seven birdie putts today and that was the difference,” said the 28-year-old Robertson golfer. “These greens are really true, but I couldn’t buy a putt on Monday. My ball-striking was as good today as in the first round, but the putts dropped, whether I was off the green or two feet away. That always boosts the confidence and it’s nice to be in with a shout.”

Vorster and fellow Louis Oosthuizen Junior Golf Academy member Duminy relished the chance to test themselves on the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour ahead of the GolfRSA National Squad Tour to the United Kingdom and Ireland at the end of May.

“We are both loving it,” said 17-year-old Vorster.

“This is way more pressure than we’ve ever experienced at amateur level or even in amateur events abroad. It was great to see how the pros manage their games under pressure. It’s been really good for us to see things that we can work on to take our games to the next level.”

The Pinnacle Point golfer birdied the first and erased a double bogey at the par four fifth with four birdies on the bounce around the turn.

“I split the fairway at the fifth and I had 67 metres flag, but I put too much spin on my approach and it spun back down the slope. After four-putting for a double, I was really glad to turn things around with the four birdies in a row.

“I two-putted eight and holed a 30-footer for birdie at nine. I chipped it give at 10 and drained another swinging 30-footer for birdie at 11. It’s a pity that I dropped 16 and 17, but I managed to finish with a birdie to put together a decent score. Jordan played great and we’re so stoked that we’ve made the cut. We’re both really excited to get one more round to gain experience.”

Second Round Scores

All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified and amateurs indicated at AMA

136 – Garrick Higgo 66 70

138 – Marthin Scheepers 67 71, Ryan Tipping 68 70

139 – Martin Vorster AMA 70 69, Jacquin Hess 71 68

140 – Michiel Bothma 68 72, Ryan O’Neill (ENG) 70 70

141 – Jordan Duminy AMA 74 67

142 – Clinton Grobler 70 72, Clayton Mansfield 70 72, Hennie O’Kennedy 69 73, Gideon van der Vyver 73 69, Paul Boshoff 67 75

143 – Karl Ochse 70 73, Basil Wright 74 69, Malcolm Mitchell 72 71, Gareth Sargent 69 74, Makhetha Mazibuko 72 71, Luke Mayo 73 70, Jason Roets 71 72

144 – Jason Froneman 72 72, Jack Duthie 72 72, Hanlo Jacobs 70 74, Eric Nel 73 71, Divan Marais 71 73

145 – Leon Visser 73 72, Gary Daoust (BEL) 71 74, Ruan de Smidt 72 73, Paul Rodrigues 72 73, Gerhard Pepler 75 70

146 – Luan Boshoff 74 72, Jeff Inglis (ENG) 76 70, Roberto Lupini 73 73, Coert Groenewald 76 70, Leon Vorster 76 70, Darin de Smidt 72 74, Evance Vukeya 71 75, Jason Smith 76 70, Hans-Jurie Human 73 73

Missed the cut:-

147 – Reinhardt Blaauw 72 75, Mohit Mediratta (KEN) 77 70, Mike Maile 76 71, Dennis Williams 71 76, Keaton Slatter 72 75, Franklin Manchest 72 75

148 – Maritz Wessels 75 73, Terence Mogapi 75 73, Stuart Smith (BOT) 75 73, Gerard du Plooy 73 75, Christian Basson 70 78, Michael Pfeifer 72 76, Carlo Heunis 73 75, Dean du Plessis AMA 74 74

149 – Matthew Spacey 78 71, Altaaf Bux 74 75, Matt Bright 72 77, Nico du Buisson 74 75

150 – Jaco van der Merwe 75 75, John McClean (NIR) 73 77, Andrew Burmester 69 81, Armand van Dyk AMA 76 74, Keelan Africa 75 75, Jason Viljoen 77 73, Quintin Crause 74 76, Jason Rossiter 74 76, Matt Saulez AMA 72 78, Maverick Faber (FRA) 72 78

151 – Mitchell Lightfoot 77 74, Sipho Bujela 75 76, Ruan Groenewald 76 75, Zabastian de Jager 74 77

152 – Michael Saunders (ENG) 76 76, Henning du Plooy 72 80, Michael Kok 74 78, Tumelo Molloyi 75 77, Jacques Viljoen AMA 76 76, Angus Ellis-Cole 79 73, Ruhan van Dijk 79 73, Richard Joubert 73 79, Neal Woernhard (SUI) 72 80

153 – Tristan Topka 79 74, Michael-James Steyn 76 77, Romano Saincic 73 80, Tristan Eeles 77 76

154 – Richard Spagnolo AMA 81 73, Fritz Orren 80 74

155 – Neal Herman 77 78, Carlo O’Reilly 77 78, Tyron Taylor AMA 78 77, Quintin Wilsnach 79 76, Christopher de Beer 84 71

156 – Ricki Dembo 74 82, Byron van der Merwe 77 79, Phumlani Maluka 75 81, Terence Archibald 78 78, Pequestro Dyssel 78 78, Paulo Serrao (POR) 75 81, Christiaan Pretorius 76 80

157 – Alpheus Kelapile 78 79, Christopher Scheppel AMA 77 80, Nicholaus Frade 81 76, Caylum Boon 82 75, Deon Bredenkamp 77 80

158 – Thabang Simon 78 80, Duan Nagel 83 75, Wynand Potgieter 81 77, Shalan Govender 80 78

160 – Adam Baker 81 79, Xander Prinsloo AMA 78 82

161 – Morne van der Waltsleben AMA 81 80

162 – Gary Jutzen AMA 83 79, Alwyn Smith 81 81

163 – James Cleasby AMA 78 85

166 – Liam Clinton AMA 83 83, Stephane van Neer (COD) 87 79

167 – Nhlalenhle Dlamini 82 85

168 – Jared Hall AMA 90 78, Jonathan George AMA 80 88

178 – Cody Holwill AMA 83 95

WDN – Dylan O’Leary 77 WDN, Jabulane Mabilane 80 WDN

RTD – Ricardo Towell RTD RTD, Teddy Mathebula 81 RTD

DSQ – Louis Botha 81 DSQ

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