30th October 2018 | IGT Golf

Spacey soars to Big Easy IGT lead at Eagle Canyon

Spacey soars to Big Easy IGT lead at Eagle Canyon

(PHOTO – Cameron Moralee; credit CJ du Plooy)

ROODEPOORT, 30 October 2018 – Dainfern golfer Matthew Spacey equalled his season’s best round at Eagle Canyon Golf Estate to open up a one shot lead in the 13th Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour event on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old went into the day five shots behind joint leaders Juran Dreyer and Stuart Smith after opening with a two-under 70, but he birdied three of the first five holes to hit the front.

Spacey collected a fourth birdie at the seventh but gave it back at eight to turn five-under. A brace of birdies at 13 and 14 saw him sign for a five-under-par 67 and the overall lead on eight-under 137.

“The wind blew really hard today, which explains the scores,” he said. “I made a solid par to start with. I hit driver, 5-iron at the par five and two-putted for birdie to get the round going. On the fourth hole, I hit a wedge to the middle of the green and holed a 35-footer to go two-under.”

Spacey hit a 4-iron just short of the green at the par five fifth and got up-and-down for birdie.

“I hit lob-wedge into seven and holed a five-footer,” he said. “I was a little irritated when I three-putted the eighth, though, after playing the first seven holes really well in the strong wind.

“I played really solid. I hit every green on the front nine and only missed one green on the back nine in some tough conditions. The putting was okay, but I needed a few more to drop. I’m hitting it very nicely and hopefully I putt just a little better tomorrow. It should be a good test.”

The former IGT Challenge Tour winner graduated the country’s premier golf development circuit in 2017, but lost his Sunshine Tour card at the end of his rookie season.

“It was a tough year, but the whole experience was really good,” said Spacey. “The learning curve was enormous. I realised I needed to get a lot tougher mentally to survive and that’s why I invested a lot in my mental game this year.

“In retrospect it was a really good thing that I lost my card. The Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour is my way back to the Sunshine Tour.  I’ve worked really hard with my coaches at the HPC Tuks Golf Academy and in particular with sport psychologist Theo Bezuidenhout on toughening up the mental side of my game.

“The last few weeks I’ve produced some good scores for three rounds and I feel a lot more positive and confident about my game. I have this week and three more tournaments to make sure I finish in the top 10 in the Road to Sunshine Tour to get my card back, so if I can produce a good round and win tomorrow, I’ll be inside the top 10. That’s where I want to be.”
To lift the trophy, Spacey will have to stave off the challenges of his nearest pursuers.

Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour winners Dreyer, Smith and Cameron Moralee are just one shot adrift on 138. Dreyer, who won last week at The Lake Club Benoni, and Smith from Botswana posted rounds of 73, while Moralee carded 72.

 

Second Round Scores

All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as AMA

137 – Matthew Spacey 70 67

138 – Stuart Smith (BOT) 65 73, Juran Dreyer 65 73, Cameron Moralee 66 72

139 – Tristen Strydom 69 70

140 – Kyle Barker 66 74, Hayden Griffiths 68 72

141 – Leon Vorster 73 68, Michiel Bothma 71 70, Paul Boshoff 71 70, Matthew Rossouw AMA 70 71

142 – Gianni Pera AMA 70 72, Daniel Hammond 71 71, Andrew Carlsson 70 72, Coert Groenewald 71 71, Harry Konig (ENG) 72 70, Stefan Wears-Taylor 72 70, Dylan Kok 72 70, Richard Joubert 71 71

143 – Leon Visser 74 69, Jack Duthie 72 71, Luke Brown 71 72, Matt Bright 69 74, Jason Rossiter 71 72

144 – Dongkwan Kim (KOR) 72 72, Neil Cheetham (ENG) 74 70, Greg Bentley (ZIM) 70 74, Arno Pretorius 71 73, Andrew Williamson AMA 72 72, Conway Kunneke 74 70, Jaco van der Merwe AMA 74 70

145 – Ruan Korb 73 72, Keaton Slatter 73 72, Divan Marais 69 76, Henning du Plooy AMA 71 74, Dylan Mostert 69 76

Missed the cut:-

146 – Paul Colditz 70 76, Irvin Mazibuko 74 72, Gareth Sargent AMA 71 75, Eric Nel 71 75, Thabang Simon 74 72, Cole Dodgen AMA 72 74, Stephan Erasmus 75 71, Adriel Poonan 68 78, Andrew Burmester 72 74, Thabiso Ngcobo 75 71, Arthur Horne (SWZ) 71 75

147 – Allister de Kock 75 72, Antonio Costa (CHL) 74 73, Fritz Orren 73 74, Quintin Crause 74 73, Brett Liddle 69 78

148 – Dwayne Basson 75 73, Gerard du Plooy 80 68, Ruhan van Dijk 75 73, Jason Diab 73 75

149 – David Rebelo 75 74, Romano Saincic 77 72, Ray J Van Rensburg AMA 74 75, Peetie van der Merwe 74 75, John McClean (NIR) 74 75

150 – Tristan Topka AMA 71 79, Zabastian de Jager 75 75, Gary Daoust (BEL) 76 74, Tanaka Mhere AMA (ZIM) 71 79

151 – Keelan Africa 75 76, Neal Herman 70 81, Francois Coetzee 74 77, Christopher de Beer 74 77, Quintin Wilsnach 77 74, Albert Venter 71 80, Bryce Myburgh 74 77, Jason Roets 74 77

152 – Marco de Beer 75 77, Christopher van der Merwe AMA 77 75, Makhetha Mazibuko 76 76, Teboho Sefatsa 74 78, Tokkie van den Berg 78 74

153 – WM Coetzee AMA 77 76, Michael Pfeifer 78 75, Jabulane Mabilane 76 77, Jancarel Rossouw AMA 74 79, Hendrikus Stoop 73 80, Ricardo Towell 76 77

154 – Matt Saulez AMA 77 77, Jeff Inglis (ENG) 78 76, Landon Ferguson 78 76, Marcel Steyn Scholtz AMA 76 78

155 – Jonathan Waschefort 75 80, Louis Botha 74 81, Patrick Thompson 75 80

156 – Maritz Wessels 82 74, Sipho Bujela 78 78

157 – Stephan du Toit 76 81, Adam Baker 76 81, Tumelo Molloyi 79 78

158 – Llewellyn Grobbelaar AMA 69 89, Michael Kok 76 82

159 – Michael Dreyer 76 83, Cameron Gurr AMA 79 80, WA Bosch 78 81

160 – Alpheus Kelapile 79 81, Keanu Pestana AMA 74 86

161 – Deon Bredenkamp 78 83, Gary Jutzen AMA 81 80

164 – Warric Dyers 82 82

165 – Angus Ellis-Cole AMA 84 81

166 – Ethan Joseph 83 83

168 – Cameron Gunning 86 82

 

Ends

 

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

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