5th March 2019 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Strydom strides clear at IGT Akasia

Strydom strides clear at IGT Akasia

PRETORIA, 5 March 2019 – Tristen Strydom will take a five-shot lead into the final round of the Race to Q-School #8 after carding a superb eight-under 64 at Akasia Country Club on Tuesday.

The Pretoria golfer has been in excellent form on the IGT Challenge Tour in recent weeks, notching up five top five and three further top ten finishes in his last 10 starts on South Africa’s premier golf development circuit.

After a bogey at the third hole, Strydom made steady progress on the front nine and turned five-under after gains at three, four, seven, eight and nine. He pulled well clear of his closest pursuers with a pair of birdies at 11 and 14 and an eagle at the par five 15th.

Although he came unstuck at the par four 17th, he bagged a final birdie at 18 to lead the field on 14 under par in round two.

Joint overnight leader Ruan Korb registered 71 to finish second, while four players will start the final round seven shots behind the second round pacesetter.

Leon Vorster, who shared the first round lead, struggled to overcome an early double bogey and the Vryheid rookie signed for a 73 to join amateur Ivan Mare (71), Jonathan Waschefort (68) and last week’s Race to Q-School #7 winner Kyle Barker, who matched Strydom for the low round of the day to vault to seven-under.

Strydom had some injury problems last year which derailed Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour campaign, but he turned his season around in the First Stage of the Sunshine Tour Qualifying School.

The 21-year-old fired rounds of 71, 67, 64 and 66 at Eagle Canyon to win by 14 shots and earn a guaranteed start in Final Stage.

Strydom will be looking to take his A-game to Houghton Golf Club from 18-21 March and with four IGT Challenge Tour trophies on his mantle already, there are few who bet against the former number one ranked amateur finishing in the winner’s circle on Wednesday.

Korb finished sixth in the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour’s Road to Sunshine Tour to seal his playing privileges for the 2019/2020 Sunshine Tour, but Waschefort and Vorster has 15 reasons to try and hunt down Strydom in the final round.

The top 15 players in the Race to Q-School rankings after next week’s ultimate event will qualify for the Final Stage. Waschefort is currently 13th and needs another top five finish to guarantee he stays in the top 15, while Vorster, at 23rd, desperately needs a top five finish to get inside the bubble.

Second Round Scores

All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as AMA

130 – Tristen Strydom 66 64

135 – Ruan Korb 64 71

137 – Leon Vorster 64 73, Ivan Mare AMA 66 71, Jonathan Waschefort 69 68, Kyle Barker 73 64

139 – Ryan O’Neill (ENG) 69 70

140 – Michael Saunders (ENG) 69 71, Paulo Serrao (POR) 72 68, Albert Venter 67 73

141 – Ruhan van Dijk 70 71, Bryce Myburgh 72 69, Paul Rodrigues AMA 67 74, Bradley Diggeden AMA 72 69, Richard Joubert 67 74, Neal Herman 71 70, Divan Marais 68 73

142 – Michael-James Steyn 69 73, Jaco van der Merwe AMA 75 67, Jason Rossiter 72 70, Cody White (CAN) 71 71, Henning du Plooy AMA 68 74

143 – Oswin Schlenkrich AMA 75 68, Ruan Groenewald 71 72, Stephan Erasmus 73 70

144 – Jack Duthie 69 75, Christopher van der Merwe AMA 73 71, Zabastian de Jager 72 72, WM Coetzee AMA 71 73

145 – Maritz Wessels 74 71, Christian Basson AMA 72 73, Gary Daoust (BEL) 71 74, Dylan Kok 76 69, Cody Holwill AMA 77 68, Nqobani Ndabambi (ZIM) 76 69

146 – Neal Woernhard (SUI) 75 71, Tristan Topka AMA 74 72

147 – Matthew Rushton 75 72, Andre Pistorius 74 73

148 – Gustav Pieterse AMA 72 76, Hanlo Jacobs 72 76

149 – Luke Kelly 72 77, Stef Visage 70 79, Reinhardt Blaauw AMA 75 74

150 – Donovan Liddicoat AMA 77 73, Ricardo van der Westhuizen AMA 73 77

Missed the cut:-

151 – Michiel Bothma 80 71, Hanish Nagrani (ZIM) 74 77

152 – Alex Pienaar AMA 81 71, Caskin White AMA 77 75, Albert Visser 79 73

153 – David Rebelo 77 76, Tristan Brice AMA 83 70, Angus Ellis-Cole AMA 78 75, Warric Dyers 75 78

154 – Scott Houghton (ENG) 76 78, Alex Krebs AMA 72 82, Marcel Steyn Scholtz AMA 77 77, Louis Botha 78 76, Keanu Pestana AMA 83 71

155 – Mitchell Lightfoot 80 75

156 – Martinus Barnard 80 76

157 – Shaun Bernstein AMA 79 78

158 – Allan Jirek AMA (CZE) 86 72

159 – Christiaan Pretorius 80 79

160 – Carlo Heunis AMA 81 79

162 – Victor Kau 81 81

163 – Gareth Anderson AMA 79 84, Adam Baker 82 81

167 – Hanro Booysen 86 81

WDN – Khaya Jika 80 WDN

RTD – Matthew Hands AMA RTD

 

PHOTO – Tristen Strydom; credit CJ du Plooy.

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

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