26th November 2020 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Loubser goes wire-to-wire for his maiden win

ALBERTON, November 25 – Herman Loubser says he was never too worried about his score in the final round of the Big Easy Tour Road To #3 at Reading Country Club, after his round-three score of 66 marked his third straight round in the 60s, to claim a four-stroke victory, at 19-under-par 194, over Keagan Thomas on Thursday.

Having led from day one after a brilliant nine-under 62, Loubser produced a fine round of golf on day two to sign for a five-under 66, a score he replicated in the final round en route to his first win as a professional.

“I just focused on making good swings,” Loubser revealed. “This was one of those where I wasn’t too worried about the scores. I just went out there and tried to continue making birdies, which I did nicely on the front nine. My playing partners made it tough for me because even though I was playing well, my lead was getting smaller and smaller. It was a bit scrappy on the back nine but luckily, a good couple of up-and-downs saved me.”

Loubser birdied the third and fourth holes before making another birdie on the par-fice eighth in what was a strong front nine. Coming home, Loubser made two more birdies –on 13 and 14 – to seal a bogey-free 66 to hand him his long-awaited victory.

“First win as a pro and it feels great,” he said, “ it’s been a long time, so it’s nice to have this feeling back. In the context of my career, hopefully, it’s just onwards and upwards from here. To finish 19-under-par is a lot better than I thought I would do coming into this week.”

Loubser joins a long list of first-time winners this season including Franklin Manchest to whom he lost in a playoff a couple of weeks ago, Ian Snyman, Ryan Van Velzen and Vaughn Van Deventer to mention a few.

25th November 2020 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Loubser tightens grip on Reading lead

ALBERTON, November 25 – Herman Loubser produced yet another fine display of golf to stay in the lead when he carded a round-two five-under 66 to stretch his lead to four shots in the Big Easy Tour Road To #3 at Reading Country Club.

He is 14-under for the week and still haunted by the playoff loss he suffered two weeks ago at Modderfontein, Loubser has his sights on the title following 36 holes of great golf from the Theewaterskloof player.

“Losing it in a playoff definitely makes you want to win a little bit more,” he said after his round on Wednesday. “It’s been a long time since I’ve had the lead going into the final round and it’s a good feeling. If you lead going into the final round it means you’re doing something right and you just have to keep going.”

He did a lot of things right in the second round. A birdie on the second and a birdie on each of the par-fives on the front nine – the fourth and eighth holes – marked a perfect front nine. A bogey after the turn gave Loubser a little scare but he was quick to shrug it off; making birdies on the par-five 12th, the 14th and 16th holes to sign for a 66.

“You just have to keep it in good positions off the tee box around here,” he says, thinking about how to approach the final round. “I’ve done that for the first two days and it’s made the course scorable for me. Hopefully, I can replicate all of it tomorrow.”

He will have to replicate the performances of the first two days in Alberton because lurking, albeit four strokes behind, is amateur Christiaan Burke whose 10-under-par total sees him occupying second ahead of the final round. He signed for 67 and two strokes further back, lies Keagan Thomas on a total of eight-under.

Amateur Samuel Simpson shares fourth with Michael Kok at seven-under-par while Erhard Lambrechts was among those who made moving day count; carding a 65 to play himself into a three-way share of sixth with Henning Du Plooy and red-hot amateur, Ryan Van Velzen at six-under-par.

Sunshine Tour campaigners Dylan Mostert, Dwayne Basson and Luca Filipi share ninth with Therion Nel and amateur Kyle De Beer and they are five-under-par.

24th November 2020 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Perfect Loubser takes charge at Reading

ALBERTON, November 24 – Herman Loubser fired in a flawless nine-under-par 62 first round to take control of proceedings in the Big Easy Tour Road To #3 at Reading Country Club in Alberton on Monday.

Loubser has shown signs of his brilliance in the tournaments played so far this season and his defeat in a playoff at Modderfontein on the IGT Tour was one such instance. Coming into this week’s event at the back of a ninth-place finish at Waterkloof a fortnight or so ago, Loubser made his intentions clear on Monday.

In a solid front nine, Loubser carefully navigated around the Reading layout, picking up birdies where he needed to and not being ashamed of walking away with a par when the moment called for it. Easing himself into the round, Loubser made four straight pars before making his first birdie, on the par-three fifth and after an impressive show of patience, he found more joy after birdieing both the eighth and the tough ninth to turn in 33 and blemish-free.

“I got off to a slow start,” he said, “I missed birdie-putts on three and four but then I holed a 30-footer on five, which got the ball rolling. I think the birdie on that difficult ninth hole set my momentum for the back nine.

“I haven’t been too comfortable at Reading before because I’ve never driven the ball nicely there but with conditions being softer and longer than the last time I played here; it felt a lot more suitable for me today. It’s a very scorable course if you keep the ball on the fairways”

He turned things up, coming home, and the eagle on 12 gave him a boost to get more. Did exactly that after the par on 13, picking up back-to-back birdies before closing off with two more on the 17th and 18th holes.

“I was quite solid with my whole game today; I hit it nicely off the tee, gave myself opportunities for birdies and the fact that the pitter got hot on the back nine made an extra few shots difference for a low one today.”

Two shots off Loubser’s lead lies amateur Samuel Simpson whose bogey on the second deprived him of what could have been an otherwise untainted seven-under 64 opening round. He will not be too concerned, however, because, with 36 more holes to play, there’s a lot of time and plenty of opportunities to catch up with, and even unseat Loubser from the summit of the leaderboard.

Fellow amateur, Christiaan Burke, will probably feel the same way too because his six-under 65 score was just as solid and could have been the leading score on any day. He is just three shots back and third on the leaderboard.

Henning Du Plooy signed for 67 and occupies fourth while the duo of Wynand Potgieter and Gregory Mckay share fifth at three-under 68.

18th November 2020 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Snyman snatches breakthrough victory at ERPM

BOKSBURG, November 18 – It took a gallant performance from Ian Snyman to produce a brilliant nine-under-par round score in the IGT Tour Chase To #12 at ERPM Golf Club and claim his breakthrough victory on the Big Easy IGT Tour on Wednesday.

Snyman – who also holds an Asian Tour playing card – was in a six-way share of the lead at the start of the final round, and at five-under-par with a one-shot lead, a lot of work had to be done and strong character displayed.

“My ball-striking was a bit off the 3 days but I managed to keep it in play,” Snyman said. “I stayed very level-headed throughout the tournaments reminding myself to focus on the next shot. I knew Franky (Manchest) was playing well. I looked back a few times and saw he had a couple of birdie chances.

“My short game helped me stay in contention throughout the tournament. Each day my iron play and driving improved. I knew I had to make birdies coming down the stretch. I managed to stay in the zone down the stretch and converted with a hot putter.”

A level-par front nine – characterised by a bogey on the par-five second and a birdie on the next par-five hole, the fourth – signified a solid start to the final round for Snyman. The field was not gaining any significant momentum to threaten him. It was on the back nine that he found something special because immediately after the turn, a birdie got on to his card. Then, again on the 15th before Snyman sealed a two-shot win with back-to-back birdies on the 17th and 18th holes.

“I have had quite a few second-place finishes but this is my first pro win,” Snyman said, “It’s a great feeling getting it done with making birdie on the 18th at ERPM. After not playing a tournament in eight months, this is a boost to my confidence.”

Snyman’s victory marks yet another first-time winner on the IGT Tour after Manchest himself claimed his maiden title some two weeks ago. At seven-under-par for the week and two shots behind, Manchest and Kyle McClatchie had to settle for a share of second while Keelan Van Wyk’s inability to replicate his second-round 68 meant he walks away with a fourth spot finish this week.

207 – Ian Snyman (RSA) 69 70 68

209 – Kyle McClatchie (RSA) 65 75 69, Franklin Manchest (RSA) 69 70 70

210 – Keelan Van Wyk (RSA) 71 68 71

211 – Jason Froneman (RSA) 69 71 71

212 – Bradley Diggeden (RSA) 71 72 69, Ricky Hendler (RSA) 75 68 69, Warwick Purchase (AM) (RSA) 69 70 73

213 – Leon Van Der Walt (AM) (RSA) 75 70 68

214 – Rigardt Albertse (RSA) 75 67 72, Leon Vorster (RSA) 70 69 75

215 – Carlo Heunis (RSA) 73 72 70, Lora Assad (RSA) 71 74 70, Francois Blaauw (AM) (RSA) 76 67 72, Marno Prinsloo (AM) (RSA) 73 69 73, Victor Lange (RSA) 67 74 74, Fritz Orren (RSA) 67 72 76

216 – Lwazi Gqira (RSA) 72 72 72, Michael Kok (RSA) 72 71 73, Drikus Joubert (AM) (RSA) 72 69 75

217 – Jancarel Rossouw (RSA) 72 71 74, Marcel Steyn Scholtz (RSA) 70 73 74

219 – Matt Saulez (RSA) 75 68 76, Jonathan George (AM) (RSA) 74 73 72

220 – Tristan Leonard (AM) (RSA) 75 74 71

221 – Sam Botham (ENG) 75 71 75, Keanu Pestana (RSA) 77 70 74, Ryan Van Rosenveldt (RSA) 73 75 73

222 – Louis Botha (RSA) 77 71 74, Divan De Villiers (RSA) 74 75 73

223 – Albert Visser (RSA) 71 76 76

224 – Travis Ladner (AM) (RSA) 74 72 78

225 – Wayne Stroebel (RSA) 78 71 76

226 – Shaydon Johnson (AM) (RSA) 73 77 76

228 – Cameron Borcher (AM) (RSA) 75 75 78

229 – Phumlani Maluka (RSA) 71 78 80

232 – Byron Van Der Merwe (RSA) 71 78 83, Brandon Gildenhuys (RSA) 76 76 80, Slenda Sithebe (RSA) 79 77 76

237 – Johan Milho (RSA) 73 81 83

17th November 2020 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Van Wyk tames swirling back nine wind to co-lead at ERPM

BOKSBURG, November 17 – Keelan Van Wyk capitalised on some solid ball-striking to piece together a bogey-free four-under 68 and get himself in contention ahead of the final round of the IGT Tour Chase To #12 at ERPM Golf Club on Tuesday.

Sneaking in with a perfect 68 in what would turn out to be a tricky moving day in Boksburg, Van Wyk made amends to a somewhat shaky one-under-par 71 opening round and is now in a six-way share of the lead at five-under-par for the week.

“Thanks to my ball-striking I was able to give myself decent chances and make use of them,” Van Wyk said. “The conditions were a lot tougher today but I hit the ball really well today and made some good putts. There was a lot of swirling wind out there, particularly on the back nine. I was able to judge the wind very well though and I think that also counted in my favour.”

Van Wyk made a solitary birdie he made on the par-five second hole, accompanied by the eight pars he made on that front stretch, in what proved to be a great job avoiding the big numbers early on in the round.

“It was the way I hit the ball,” he said, “it played a big role in keeping the bogeys off the card. Even when I would make a mistake, I was able to recover, so it was a good two days for me.”

He went on to make birdies on the 11th, 15th and 17th to sign for a 68. He ties the lead with Leon Vorster, Franklin Manchest who is still beaming confidence following his breakthrough victory at Modderfontein a fortnight, the on-form Fritz Orren, Ian Snyman and amateur Warwick Purchase to make up the six-man tie at the summit.

“My fellow competitors and I are good enough to shoot a low number on any given day,” he said of the possibilities that tomorrow might bring. “but I think the guy who stays patient and sticks to his game plan is going to win it.”

After a round-two three-over-par 75, overnight leader Kyle McClatchie surrendered his lead but remains a shot off the pace, along with Jason Froneman who backed up his round one score of three-under 69 with a 71 on Tuesday. A shot further and along with amateur Drikus Joubert, lies Victor Lange at three-under and within two strokes of the lead.

Scores at End of Round 2 – STROKEPLAY/STATS: GROSS/ALL STATS (H/H)

139 – Leon Vorster (RSA) 70 69, Franklin Manchest (RSA) 69 70, Fritz Orren (RSA) 67 72, Keelan Van Wyk (RSA) 71 68, Ian Snyman (RSA) 69 70, Warwick Purchase (AM) (RSA) 69 70

140 – Jason Froneman (RSA) 69 71, Kyle McClatchie (RSA) 65 75

141 – Victor Lange (RSA) 67 74, Drikus Joubert (AM) (RSA) 72 69

142 – Marno Prinsloo (AM) (RSA) 73 69, Rigardt Albertse (RSA) 75 67

143 – Ricky Hendler (RSA) 75 68, Matt Saulez (RSA) 75 68, Michael Kok (RSA) 72 71, Marcel Steyn Scholtz (RSA) 70 73, Jancarel Rossouw (RSA) 72 71, Francois Blaauw (AM) (RSA) 76 67, Bradley Diggeden (RSA) 71 72

144 – Lwazi Gqira (RSA) 72 72

145 – Leon Van Der Walt (AM) (RSA) 75 70, Carlo Heunis (RSA) 73 72, Lora Assad (RSA) 71 74

146 – Sam Botham (ENG) 75 71, Travis Ladner (AM) (RSA) 74 72

147 – Keanu Pestana (RSA) 77 70, Jonathan George (AM) (RSA) 74 73, Albert Visser (RSA) 71 76

148 – Louis Botha (RSA) 77 71, Ryan Van Rosenveldt (RSA) 73 75

149 – Divan De Villiers (RSA) 74 75, Wayne Stroebel (RSA) 78 71, Phumlani Maluka (RSA) 71 78, Byron Van Der Merwe (RSA) 71 78, Tristan Leonard (AM) (RSA) 75 74

150 – Cameron Borcher (AM) (RSA) 75 75, Shaydon Johnson (AM) (RSA) 73 77

152 – Brandon Gildenhuys (RSA) 76 76

154 – Johan Milho (RSA) 73 81

156 – Slenda Sithebe (RSA) 79 77

16th November 2020 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Solid McClatchie in control in Boksburg

BOKSBURG, November 16 – Kyle McClatchie birdied three of the four par-five holes at ERPM Golf Club on his way to a seven-under-par 65 opening round of the IGT Tour Chase to #12 on Monday.

That score was enough to hand him a two-stroke lead in what was another strong start to a tournament by the 23-year-old who plays out of Serengeti Estates in eKurhuleni.

“I took advantage of the par-fives,” McClatchie said on Monday. “I thought I scored the par-fives pretty well. They are not very long around here but you just need to get the ball in play. I did that well today.”

He got off to an inspired start, birdieing his first three holes – which included the par-five second – and followed those up with two pars before his only bogey of the day came. This was on the par-four sixth hole. He closed off the front nine with a birdie on nine to turn in 33.

“I got off to a good start today, I’m generally a slow starter,” he said after his round. “Three birdies in a row was the start I was looking for. It was nice to make birdies upfront and it proved to be a good day at the office.”

His back nine was just as strong, characterised by back-to-back birdies on 10 and 11 before birdieing both the par-five holes – the 13th and 17th – to seal a near-perfect 65 on day one.

“I had to stay patient out there,” McClatchie said. “There are some tricky holes and some that were kind of easier. I hit the ball really well and I putted very nicely. I missed a couple of tee shots, though, but those are things to improve on in the week.

“I think I’ve had a good season so far. I have had to try and get better and try to improve and get back to where I know I can be. Back to where I know I should be.”

Having already claimed his breakthrough win as a pro when he won the Sunshine Big Easy Tour Road To #2 at State Mines Country Club last month, McClatchie will hope his solid display on Monday carries through the rest of the week to earn what could be his second title in two months.

He has a two-shot lead over Frits Orren and Victor Lange who tie second at five-under. Tied for fourth are recent winner Franklin Manchest, Jason Froneman, Ian Snyman and amateur Warwick Purchase at three-under.

Leon Vorster and Marcel Steyn Scholtz make up the leading 10 players and they are two-under-par after round one.

11th November 2020 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Resilient Van Velzen clinches second IGT title in dramatic style at Waterkloof

PRETORIA, November 11 – Benoni’s Ryan Van Velzen kept up the trend of GolfRSA amateurs winning on the Sunshine Big Easy IGT when he claimed a composed come-from-behind in the IGT Chase To #11 Waterkloof on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old Van Velzen pieced together a bogey-free final round of six-under 66 to total a tournament score of 19-under-par 197 and snatch victory right under the nose of Jonathan Waschefort. This makes it two wins in five weeks now for Van Velzen, with the teenager having triumphed in the Big Easy Tour Road To #1 at Services mid-October.

“It feels amazing,” said Van Velzen after a tightly-contested final round, “Jonathan played really well today. I just had to keep my composure and stick to my basics.”

Coming into the final round three shots adrift, Van Velzen had to dig deep to unsettle Waschefort who, despite playing solidly the whole week, could not avoid the big numbers on his card. His final round of 70 took his total to 18-under and was defeated by a single shot at the end.

Van Velzen’s round was characterised by a solitary eagle on the par-four fifth, birdies on 14 and 17 plus a closing eagle to seal off another impressive week for the East Rand player.

“I just hit it so well today,” Van Velzen said, “I just played a really solid round of golf. I just tried to stay patient even when the putts weren’t dropping. My chip in on 17 really got me going but I am happy to get it done.”

Waschefort, who must settle for second this week, will rue the missed chances because following his back-to-back rounds of 64, his maiden win was not too far out of reach. Veteran campaigner, Heinrich Bruiners, walks away with a third-place finish this week on a total of 15-under-par. Albert Venter finished fourth at 13-under while Vaughn Van Deventer goes home with a fifth-spot placing at 12-under.

197 – Ryan Van Velzen (AM) (RSA) 62 69 66

198 – Jonathan Waschefort (RSA) 64 64 70

201 – Heinrich Bruiners (RSA) 66 68 67

203 – Albert Venter (RSA) 69 65 69

204 – Vaughn Van Deventer (RSA) 68 68 68

205 – Warwick Purchase (AM) (RSA) 72 67 66, Sean Cronje (AM) (RSA) 70 63 72

206 – Jordan Duminy (AM) (RSA) 70 64 72

207 – Herman Loubser (RSA) 69 67 71

208 – Keanu Pestana (RSA) 71 68 69

210 – Christiaan Burke (AM) (RSA) 67 72 71, Leon Vorster (RSA) 66 68 76

211 – Drikus Joubert (AM) (RSA) 76 65 70, Henning Du Plooy (RSA) 64 73 74

212 – Leon Van Der Walt (AM) (RSA) 69 70 73, Nikhil Gopal (AM) (RSA) 68 70 74

213 – Michael Kok (RSA) 68 73 72, Phumlani Maluka (RSA) 69 68 76, Harry Konig (ENG) 68 68 77

214 – Paulo Serrao (POR) 69 70 75, Llewellyn Booysen (RSA) 74 69 71

215 – Carlos Laranja (AM) (POR) 68 73 74, Therion Nel (RSA) 71 71 73, Adriel Poonan (RSA) 75 67 73, Jason Froneman (RSA) 73 71 71

216 – Franklin Manchest (RSA) 73 68 75, Armand Van Dyk (AM) (RSA) 73 71 72, Tyron Taylor (AM) (RSA) 69 75 72

217 – Carlo Heunis (RSA) 68 73 76, Gerard Du Plooy (RSA) 73 69 75, Victor Lange (RSA) 72 72 73, Sam Mc Kenzie (AM) (RSA) 71 74 72, Dwayne Basson (RSA) 75 70 72

218 – Thabiso Ngcobo (RSA) 72 70 76, Ricky Hendler (RSA) 72 70 76, Nikhil Rama (RSA) 74 70 74, Divan De Villiers (RSA) 69 75 74, Handre Truter (AM) (RSA) 75 70 73

219 – Stephan Meintjes (AM) (RSA) 71 71 77

220 – Jade Buitendag (RSA) 73 68 79, Ernest Ludick (AM) (RSA) 71 74 75

221 – Martinus Barnard (RSA) 72 70 79, Ayden Senger (AM) (RSA) 75 70 76

222 – JP Du Rand (RSA) 75 70 77, Conner Mackenzie (AM) (RSA) 73 72 77

223 – Quintin Wilsnach (RSA) 69 70 84

224 – Wayne Stroebel (RSA) 73 72 79

10th November 2020 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Waschefort aims for maiden IGT win at familiar Waterkloof

PRETORIA, November 10 – Jonathan Waschefort was in fine form again at Waterkloof Golf Club where he carded a second-successive eight-under-par 64 in the IGT Tour Chase To #11 Waterkloof, and at 16-under for the week, leads Ryan Van Velzen by three shots going into the final round.

In a similar fashion to how he started yesterday’s round where he birdied the first two holes, Waschefort repeated the feat at the start of the storm-hit second round. Unlike yesterday when he bogeyed the third and made par on the fourth, he made par on the fourth and dropped on the fifth hole on Tuesday. He followed the bogey up with a birdie on five before two more birdies – on seven and eight – entered his scorecard to seal an impressive four-under 32 on the front nine.

“It obviously felt great to shoot a 64 again today,” said Waschefort after round, “You never expect to shoot two rounds of 64 back-to-back. I had to have the same thought process and attitude as yesterday, you know. We had a rain delay so I really had to stay patient but also finish on time.”

Coming home, Waschefort was unrelenting in his pursuit of the lowest number he could score on day two of this IGT Tour event. He birdied 10, 12, 14 and 18 for a perfect back nine, and indeed, a perfect two days in the capital, a place he is all too familiar with.

“I started playing golf right here at Waterkloof,” he revealed, “so, there are a lot of good memories here and I feel a bit comfortable. But the guys are making a lot of red numbers (birdies) on the course and I think that’s got to do with the fact that the greens are running so smoothly this week.”

Three shots clear at the top, Waschefort will not rest on his laurels, for he is aware of the chasing field, led by the young Van Velzen, whose three-under 69 on Tuesday meant he abdicates the top spot going into round three.

“Tomorrow will be about doing the same things I have done in the first two days,” Waschefort said, knowing tomorrow could be the day he wins his maiden IGT Tour title. “I’ll just focus on my game and see what happens after 18 holes.”

128 – Jonathan Waschefort (RSA) 64 64

131 – Ryan Van Velzen (AM) (RSA) 62 69

133 – Sean Cronje (AM) (RSA) 70 63

134 – Jordan Duminy (AM) (RSA) 70 64, Leon Vorster (RSA) 66 68, Heinrich Bruiners (RSA) 66 68, Albert Venter (RSA) 69 65

136 – Vaughn Van Deventer (RSA) 68 68, Harry Konig (ENG) 68 68, Herman Loubser (RSA) 69 67

137 – Henning Du Plooy (RSA) 64 73, Phumlani Maluka (RSA) 69 68

138 – Nikhil Gopal (AM) (RSA) 68 70

139 – Christiaan Burke (AM) (RSA) 67 72, Keanu Pestana (RSA) 71 68, Paulo Serrao (POR) 69 70, Quintin Wilsnach (RSA) 69 70, Warwick Purchase (AM) (RSA) 72 67, Leon Van Der Walt (AM) (RSA) 69 70

141 – Drikus Joubert (AM) (RSA) 76 65, Carlo Heunis (RSA) 68 73, Jade Buitendag (RSA) 73 68, Michael Kok (RSA) 68 73, Franklin Manchest (RSA) 73 68, Carlos Laranja (AM) (POR) 68 73

142 – Thabiso Ngcobo (RSA) 72 70, Ricky Hendler (RSA) 72 70, Therion Nel (RSA) 71 71, Stephan Meintjes (AM) (RSA) 71 71, Adriel Poonan (RSA) 75 67, Martinus Barnard (RSA) 72 70, Gerard Du Plooy (RSA) 73 69

143 – Llewellyn Booysen (RSA) 74 69

144 – Armand Van Dyk (AM) (RSA) 73 71, Tyron Taylor (AM) (RSA) 69 75, Nikhil Rama (RSA) 74 70, Victor Lange (RSA) 72 72, Divan De Villiers (RSA) 69 75, Jason Froneman (RSA) 73 71

145 – Handre Truter (AM) (RSA) 75 70, Wayne Stroebel (RSA) 73 72, Sam Mc Kenzie (AM) (RSA) 71 74, JP Du Rand (RSA) 75 70, Conner Mackenzie (AM) (RSA) 73 72, Ernest Ludick (AM) (RSA) 71 74, Dwayne Basson (RSA) 75 70, Ayden Senger (AM) (RSA) 75 70

146 – Travis Ladner (AM) (RSA) – Cut 74 72, Johan Kriek (AM) (RSA) – Cut 72 74, Cameron Borcher (AM) (RSA) – Cut 75 71

147 – Duan Nagel (RSA) – Cut 77 70, Jason Hale (RSA) – Cut 72 75, Tumelo Molloyi (RSA) – Cut 74 73, Lora Assad (RSA) – Cut 73 74, Alphius Kelapile (RSA) – Cut 72 75, Lincon Cele (RSA) – Cut 76 71

148 – Zethu Myeki (RSA) – Cut 76 72, Marno Prinsloo (AM) (RSA) – Cut 73 75, Tristan Leonard (AM) (RSA) – Cut 77 71, Juan Diedericks (AM) (RSA) – Cut 75 73

149 – Tiger Malabie (RSA) – Cut 77 72, Lindi Coetzee (RSA) – Cut 78 71, Leon Scheepers (RSA) – Cut 74 75, Bradley Fuchsloch (AM) (RSA) – Cut 74 75

150 – Tiaan De Jager (AM) (RSA) – Cut 78 72, Clinton Duncan (AM) (RSA) – Cut 77 73

151 – Wynand Potgieter (RSA) – Cut 73 78

152 – Johan Milho (RSA) – Cut 79 73, Pierre Du Plessis (AM) (RSA) – Cut 79 73, Slenda Sithebe (RSA) – Cut 75 77

153 – MS Calitz (RSA) – Cut 70 83, Christiaan Pretorius (RSA) – Cut 74 79, Lwazi Gqira (RSA) – Cut 75 78

154 – Andrej Skrbinsek (AM) (RSA) – Cut 74 80, Ronan Du Plessis (RSA) – Cut 78 76

155 – Cameron Gurr (AM) (RSA) – Cut 77 78

156 – Songezo Sonamzi (RSA) – Cut 78 78, Victor Kau (RSA) – Cut 77 79

158 – Nikki Jonker (RSA) – Cut 74 84

161 – Ricco Motsa (AM) (RSA) – Cut 78 83

164 – Joshua Riemer (AM) (RSA) – Cut 81 83

169 – Sfiso Motsa (AM) (RSA) – Cut 87 82, Reuben Du Plessis (AM) (RSA) – Cut 85 84

172 – Lesego Lekoma (RSA) – Cut 85 87

176 – Darius Jacobs (AM) (RSA) – Cut 80 96

179 – Peter Lekhoaba (AM) (RSA) – Cut 92 87

WDN – Madeleen Grosskopf (RSA) – Cut 84 WDN, Francois Storm (AM) (RSA) – Cut 84 WDN, Brandon Moodley (RSA) – Cut 78 WDN

DSQ – Sipho Bujela (RSA) – Cut DSQ

9th November 2020 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Van Velzen turns up the heat at Waterkloof

PRETORIA, November 9 – Teen sensation Ryan Van Velzen expertly tore up the Waterkloof Golf Club layout on Monday, powering to an opening 10-under-par 62 round of the IGT Tour Chase To#11 Waterkloof and leads by two shots as things stand.

The 19-year-old GolfRSA Elite Squad member’s fine form continued this week and he wasted no time in getting down to business in the capital city on Monday. A birdie and an eagle on the first and second holes, respectively, marked a perfect start for the eighth-ranked amateur in the country. His progress was threatened, immediately, because of the bogey he made on the par-four fourth but a consistent performer at a high level among his peers and already accustomed to competing at this level of the game, Van Velzen bounced back from that drop with birdies on the fifth and seventh holes to turn in 32.

“My dad has been helping me a lot with the way to think around the course,” says Van Velzen of the matured manner in which he handles himself on the golf course.

A birdie after the turn was followed by another on the 12th before three more made it onto his card on the 14th, 15th and 16th. He picked up an important par on the 17th before closing off with another birdie to make it six-under and bogey-free on the homeward stretch.

“I was just trying to birdie every hole out there, the greens are rolling so good,” he said after his round. “I’ve always enjoyed Waterkloof, it’s a very scoreable course.”

Van Velzen is two shots clear of the second-placed duo of Jonathan Waschefort and Henning Du Plooy who both signed for 64s in round one. Waschefort said he had his putter to thank for his near-perfect eight-under-par round.

“By far the best part of my round today was putting.” he said. “It felt like I couldn’t miss anything today, so that was definitely what kept the round going.

“I think the most important shot I hit today was the 7-iron through the trees on the left side on the seventh hole which ended up 12-feet from the hole and managed to have a good line on the putt to make it for eagle. I had a really tricky putt for par on the 12th hole after I hit it in the greenside bunker for two and short-sighted myself. So, that par-putt really helped with the momentum for the finishing stretch.”

Signing for a bogey-free six-under 66 and tied for fourth with Leon Vorster, Heinrich Bruiners will feel he has every opportunity in the 36 holes left in this tournament to unseat Van Velzen – who is four shots clear – from the summit of the leaderboard.

A solid 67 for amateur Christiaan Burke saw him occupy sixth while Portugal’s Carlos Laranja, Nikhil Gopal, Vaughn Van Deventer, Harry Konig, Michael Kok and Carlo Heunis share the seventh spot at four-under-par 68.

62 – Ryan Van Velzen (AM) (RSA)

64 – Jonathan Waschefort (RSA) , Henning Du Plooy (RSA)

66 – Heinrich Bruiners (RSA) , Leon Vorster (RSA)

67 – Christiaan Burke (AM) (RSA)

68 – Carlos Laranja (AM) (POR) , Nikhil Gopal (AM) (RSA) , Vaughn Van Deventer (RSA) , Harry Konig (ENG) , Michael Kok (RSA) , Carlo Heunis (RSA)

69 – Paulo Serrao (POR) , Divan De Villiers (RSA) , Phumlani Maluka (RSA) , Leon Van Der Walt (AM) (RSA) , Tyron Taylor (AM) (RSA) , Herman Loubser (RSA) , Albert Venter (RSA) , Quintin Wilsnach (RSA)

70 – MS Calitz (RSA) , Sean Cronje (AM) (RSA) , Jordan Duminy (AM) (RSA)

71 – Stephan Meintjes (AM) (RSA) , Ernest Ludick (AM) (RSA) , Sam Mc Kenzie (AM) (RSA) , Keanu Pestana (RSA) , Therion Nel (RSA)

72 – Martinus Barnard (RSA) , Jason Hale (RSA) , Johan Kriek (AM) (RSA) , Alphius Kelapile (RSA) , Thabiso Ngcobo (RSA) , Ricky Hendler (RSA) , Victor Lange (RSA) , Warwick Purchase (AM) (RSA)

73 – Gerard Du Plooy (RSA) , Lora Assad (RSA) , Conner Mackenzie (AM) (RSA) , Jade Buitendag (RSA) , Armand Van Dyk (AM) (RSA) , Wayne Stroebel (RSA) , Wynand Potgieter (RSA) , Jason Froneman (RSA) , Franklin Manchest (RSA) , Marno Prinsloo (AM) (RSA)

74 – Christiaan Pretorius (RSA) , Nikki Jonker (RSA) , Tumelo Molloyi (RSA) , Leon Scheepers (RSA) , Travis Ladner (AM) (RSA) , Andrej Skrbinsek (AM) (RSA) , Llewellyn Booysen (RSA) , Nikhil Rama (RSA) , Bradley Fuchsloch (AM) (RSA)

75 – Juan Diedericks (AM) (RSA) , Ayden Senger (AM) (RSA) , JP Du Rand (RSA) , Lwazi Gqira (RSA) , Adriel Poonan (RSA) , Handre Truter (AM) (RSA) , Dwayne Basson (RSA) , Cameron Borcher (AM) (RSA) , Slenda Sithebe (RSA)

76 – Lincon Cele (RSA) , Zethu Myeki (RSA) , Drikus Joubert (AM) (RSA)

77 – Tristan Leonard (AM) (RSA) , Clinton Duncan (AM) (RSA) , Duan Nagel (RSA) , Cameron Gurr (AM) (RSA) , Tiger Malabie (RSA) , Victor Kau (RSA)

78 – Brandon Moodley (RSA) , Lindi Coetzee (RSA) , Tiaan De Jager (AM) (RSA) , Ronan Du Plessis (RSA) , Ricco Motsa (AM) (RSA) , Songezo Sonamzi (RSA)

79 – Pierre Du Plessis (AM) (RSA) , Johan Milho (RSA)

80 – Darius Jacobs (AM) (RSA)

81 – Joshua Riemer (AM) (RSA)

84 – Madeleen Grosskopf (RSA) , Francois Storm (AM) (RSA)

85 – Reuben Du Plessis (AM) (RSA) , Lesego Lekoma (RSA)

87 – Sfiso Motsa (AM) (RSA)

92 – Peter Lekhoaba (AM) (RSA)

DSQ – Sipho Bujela (RSA) – Cut

4th November 2020 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Manchest claims playoff victory for maiden IGT title

MODDERFONTEIN, November 4 – Franklin Manchest says mental strength and a mindset change had a lot to do with his playoff win in the Big Easy IGT Tour Chase To #10 at Modderfontein Golf Club for his maiden professional victory on Wednesday.

Manchest carded a final-round four-under-par 68 to force himself into a playoff with overnight leader Fritz Orren and Herman Loubser, on a total of seven-under 209.

“It was the most relaxed playoff I’ve ever been in,” said Manchest after his triumph over Herman Loubser and Fritz Orren. “I just recalled all the lessons I’ve learned from my sports psychologist; my breathing, taking things step by step. I was so calm today.

“Last week I made my first cut and right there I made a mind switch. I just thought to myself no, I’m tired of playing bad golf and I’m tired of missing so many cuts. So, I just flipped my switch, went to work, straight back to basics. I worked on my mental game because that’s let me down too many times.”

Trailing by three shot at the start of the final round – at three-under-par for the week – Manchest says he always believed that with the right attitude and a strong game plan, there was something for him in this tournament.

Two birdies in his first three holes solidified that belief and despite making bogey on seventh, Manchest was still optimistic. He brushed that bogey off with a much-needed birdie on the next hole. A birdie on the 12th followed and again another, this time on the par-three 14th to sign for a 68 in round three. At seven-under-par for the week, and with Loubser and Orren at eight-under-par and looking like they would be in a two-man playoff, Manchest admits that he’d thought all was lost for a short moment.

“After I’d made three pars in my last three holes, I thought okay, this is it. But then Herman and Fritz both made bogey on the last hole and that brought me back into the playoff.”

He pulled out a 3-wood off the tee in sudden-death to find the fairway, then a 9-iron knock-down shot to find the greens, and then two-putted for par as both Loubser and Orren made bogeys.

“I knew I had a chance to win this tournament all along,” Manchest said,” because I was not playing badly and I was never too far from the leaders, so that gave me hope. This win, hopefully, is a start of great things for me because I know I can play and if I win, then that proves I can play. I have not been showing that I can play so I am happy with this win.

This was Manchest’s second win at Modderfontein Golf Club, having claimed a two-stroke victory in the Sunshine Tour’s Vusi Ngubeni Tournament held there in March of last year.

209 – *Franklin Manchest (RSA) 68 73 68, Herman Loubser (RSA) 69 71 69, Fritz Orren (RSA) 67 71 71 *Won Play off

211 – Leon Vorster (RSA) 73 71 67, Gerard Du Plooy (RSA) 74 69 68, Keelan Van Wyk (RSA) 70 73 68

212 – Vaughn Van Deventer (RSA) 76 64 72

213 – Michael Kok (RSA) 72 70 71, Ryan Van Velzen (AM) (RSA) 72 69 72

214 – Wayne Stroebel (RSA) 71 73 70, Jason Froneman (RSA) 69 74 71, Harry Konig (ENG) 72 69 73, Simon Du Plooy (AM) (RSA) 73 65 76

215 – Sam Mc Kenzie (AM) (RSA) 73 71 71, Lwazi Gqira (RSA) 74 73 68, Nikhil Gopal (AM) (RSA) 69 71 75

216 – Carlos Laranja (AM) (POR) 74 69 73, Dylan Melville (AM) (RSA) 71 70 75

217 – Jordan Duminy (AM) (RSA) 75 70 72, Henning Du Plooy (RSA) 70 77 70, Lincon Cele (RSA) 80 68 69, Victor Lange (RSA) 72 71 74, John-William Blomerus (AM) (RSA) 73 70 74

221 – Guy Waterhouse (AM) (RSA) 77 68 76

222 – Ricky Hendler (RSA) 75 76 71

223 – Cameron Borcher (AM) (RSA) 72 74 77

224 – Terence Mogapi (RSA) 72 76 76, Handre Truter (AM) (RSA) 78 71 75, Travis Ladner (AM) (RSA) 77 72 75

225 – Clinton Duncan (AM) (RSA) 72 79 74, Massimo Mbetse (AM) (RSA) 75 79 71

226 – Ivan Verster (AM) (RSA) 75 75 76, Warwick Purchase (AM) (RSA) 75 75 76, Slenda Sithebe (RSA) 78 73 75

227 – Lora Assad (RSA) 70 79 78, Duan Nagel (RSA) 76 77 74

229 – Bryce Myburgh (RSA) 78 71 80

231 – Adam Gamsy (AM) (RSA) 79 73 79, Nikki Jonker (RSA) 79 75 77

235 – Dechlan Bennett (AM) (RSA) 76 77 82, MS Calitz (RSA) 79 74 82

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