29th January 2019 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Van Wyk edges clear in IGT Wingate Park

Van Wyk edges clear in IGT Wingate Park

PRETORIA, 29 January 2019 – Ruimsig amateur Keelan van Wyk fired a four-under-par 68 to leapfrog first round leader Ruan Korb for pole position on day two of the Race to Q-School #3 on the IGT Challenge Tour.

The 20-year-old B.Com Business Administration final year student moved to 10-under 134 on Tuesday and will start the final round at Wingate Park Country Club one shot ahead of the Silver Lakes professional.

Andrew Carlsson carded 70 to maintain his overnight position, but the Bryanston golfer shares third on seven-under with Ruan Groenewald from Mpumalanga, who went around championship layout in 68 strokes.

Van Wyk started with a run of straight pars before he picked up his first birdie.

“I hit every fairway and every green, but I just wasn’t making any putts,” he said. “At the par four, I hit another good drive and stuck a gap-wedge from 125 metres to eight foot.

“I gave it right back, though. The wind was swirling on the par three, and it came off the right and I thought I hit a good shot, but my ball didn’t come back enough. It ended up in the greenside bunker and couldn’t up-and-down for par.”

Level through the turn, his flat stick warmed up on the homeward stretch and Van Wyk racked up a quartet of birdies to go four-under.

“I was still solid off the tee on the back nine and gave myself chances on basically every hole. I birdied two in a row on 11 and 12 and had two more birdies on the last two par fives. It was pretty windy, so I made sure my tee shots finished in the fairway. I laid up to a comfortable distance and was able to convert from there for the birdies at the par fives.”

The young amateur expects a tough battle with Korb, a former IGT Challenge Tour winner who graduated to the 2019/2020 Sunshine Tour via his top 10 finish in the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour Road to Sunshine Tour last December.

Van Wyk has been in this position before and knows patience and course management will be key if he hopes to collect his first trophy on the country’s premier golf development circuit.

“I found something around the turn and I played the back nine a lot better than the first nine holes, so I hope I can keep it going in the final round,” Van Wyk said.

“It would be really great to bag that first win, but you can’t go chasing it. You have to stay focussed on your own game and try to put together the best score you can, and try not to get hung up on what the opposition is doing. Ruan shot 70 today, but he can easily shoot 65 or less if the conditions are good, so I’m just going to keep my head down and try to stay in my own space.”

Second Round Scores

All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as AMA

134 – Keelan van Wyk AMA 66 68

135 – Ruan Korb 65 70

137 – Ruan Groenewald 69 68, Andrew Carlsson 67 70

139 – Ivan Mare AMA 67 72, Malcolm Mitchell AMA 68 71

140 – Peetie van der Merwe 70 70, Kyle Barker 71 69

141 – Luke Brown 70 71, Richard Joubert 68 73, Leon Vorster 71 70

142 – Paul Rodrigues AMA 69 73, Emilio Pera AMA 72 70, Albert Visser 75 67

143 – Dawid Opperman AMA 73 70, Stephan Erasmus 74 69, Darin de Smidt AMA 68 75

144 – Christian Basson AMA 68 76, Marco de Beer 73 71, Clayton Mansfield AMA 73 71, Albert Venter 74 70, Michael-James Steyn 68 76, Jason Diab 69 75, Christopher van der Merwe AMA 75 69, WM Coetzee AMA 69 75

145 – Nicholas Souranis AMA 73 72, Maritz Wessels 75 70, Leon Visser 72 73, David Rebelo 75 70, Zander Gous AMA 72 73

146 – Hendrikus Stoop 74 72, Luke Mayo AMA 73 73

147 – Elmo Barnard AMA 77 70, Gerhard Pepler AMA 69 78, Hayden Griffiths 73 74, Ricardo Towell 73 74

148 – Carlo Heunis AMA 73 75, Duan Nagel AMA 73 75, Bradley Diggeden AMA 70 78, James Mack (ENG) 75 73, Michael Saunders (ENG) 73 75

149 – Jaco van der Merwe AMA 73 76, Zabastian de Jager 77 72, Riaan Swart AMA 72 77, Neal Woernhard (SUI) 75 74, Reinhardt Blaauw AMA 73 76, Gareth Sargent AMA 74 75, Tumelo Molloyi 75 74

150 – Jonathan Waschefort 70 80, Andi Dill 76 74, Ray Janse van Rensburg AMA 76 74, Divan Marais 81 69, Lincon Cele 76 74

Missed the cut:-

151 – Alex Pienaar AMA 76 75, Eric Nel 78 73, Tyron Taylor AMA 80 71, Paulo Serrao (POR) 76 75, Lance Ellerbeck AMA 73 78

152 – Gary Daoust (BEL) 74 78, Blain Sansom 72 80, Angus Ellis-Cole AMA 77 75, Divan de Villiers 78 74, Nico du Buisson 76 76, Deon Bredenkamp 76 76, Henning du Plooy AMA 77 75, Cody White (CAN) 76 76

153 – Donovan Liddicoat AMA 71 82, Mitchell Lightfoot 76 77, Herman Anderson AMA 75 78, Jancarel Rossouw AMA 79 74

154 – Jack Duthie 78 76, Keanu Pestana AMA 74 80, Alwyn Smith 75 79, Francois Nel AMA 81 73, Thabiso Ngcobo 75 79

155 – Louis Calitz 76 79, Juran Dreyer 78 77, Christoff Enslin AMA 77 78

156 – Xander Prinsloo AMA 78 78, Nqobani Ndabambi (ZIM) 77 79, Luke Kelly 78 78, Tristan Topka AMA 78 78

157 – Neal Herman 79 78, Jay Fourie 72 85, Stef Visage 81 76, Aaron Lugtenburg 82 75, Dean du Plessis AMA 79 78

158 – Adam Baker 77 81, Kyle Murphy AMA 80 78

159 – Hanlo Jacobs 79 80

160 – Warric Dyers 77 83

162 – Hermanus Prinsloo AMA 76 86

163 – Willie Nel AMA 82 81

164 – Andrew Plint AMA 81 83

166 – Ka Lok Ho (CHN) 82 84

168 – Richard Spagnolo AMA 81 87, Andrej Skrbinsek AMA 84 84

169 – Neo Mokgatle AMA 84 85

171 – Byron Fichardt AMA 84 87

175 – Chris Marrs 89 86

180 – Dwayne Mitchell AMA 91 89

N/R – Hanro Booysen 88 N/R

 

PHOTOS – Keelan van Wyk; credit CJ du Plooy.

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

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