2nd June 2015 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Bekker blooms in Tour Bound Classic

Randpark1-3JuneDay1 (44)(PHOTO – TJ Bekker; credit CJ du Plooy)

JOHANNESBURG, 2 June 2015 – Limpopo golfer TJ Bekker shot a solid second round 69 on a tough scoring day at the Firethorn course to finish on five-under-par 139 and will be sleeping on a one stroke lead in the Tour Bound Academy Classic at Randpark Golf Club on Tuesday.

The IGT Tour regular leads rookie Jason Froneman and overnight leader, Gary Daoust.

After an eagle at the par-five fourth, Bekker bogeyed the par-three eighth, but notched birdies at 14 and 18 to take pole position.

“It’s a tough course, especially in the high winds we had in the second round,” Bekker said.

“The greens are sloped and slick. I played to the fat side of the green most of the day and picked up the birdies when they presented themselves.”
Froneman from the Gary Player School of Excellence also took advantage on the back nine and collected birdies at 11, 14 and 16 for a 70, while Kansas University’s Daoust mixed an eagle at the par-five second and birdies at nine and 14 with drops at eight, 13 and 17 for his 71.

Bekker, who describes himself a late bloomer, is curious to see how his ‘new’ game will hold up in the final round.

“I’ve been hitting the ball great for years, but I’ve always battled to close the deal,” Bekker said.

“I never really understood the value of statistics, I was flaky when it came to the mental side of the game and I didn’t get the importance of a process or why people saw sport psychologists.

“It’s only since I started working with Graeme (Francis) and Stefaan (van der Heever) at that this whole new world has unfolded for me.”

The GFG Academy player now pays attention to things that previously made no sense to him.

“Graeme’s got me excited about my stats and my stroke average and those are two things I never gave a hoot about,” he said.

“He treats me as an individual and he gets me, so I now get the stuff he goes on about and I get just as excited about the goals we set for me. Same with Stefaan, who unlocked the mental side of the game for me. Between the two of them, I am all about the process now.

“Bogeys and bad shots are part and parcel of the game. You’re always going to have pressure and bad shots and bogeys. It’s needs to be part of your process and you just need to deal with it.

“I set myself a goal to par the first eight holes each day,” he said. “I kind of took a cricket approach, you know, hit a bunch of singles to settle in at the wicket.

“I had two birdies and a drop over the first eight holes in the first round and an eagle and a drop at eight in the second. Finished with a 70 and a 69, so I am pretty pleased so far. Now I just have to pull it through for a win.”

SECOND ROUND SCORES

139 – TJ Bekker 70 69

140 – Jason Froneman 70 70, Gary Daoust (AMA) 69 71

141 – David McIntyre (AMA) 71 70

142 – Michael Palmer 71 71, Jacques de Villiers 69 73

143 – David Ashley (AMA) 69 74

144 – Danie Pretorius 73 71, Romano Saincic 71 73

145 – Bryandrew Roelofsz 72 73

146 – Duane Keun 76 70, Paul de Beer 73 73, Christiaan Pretorius 70 76

147 – Jason Diab 75 72, Sean Coomer (AMA) 74 73, Stephan Erasmus (AMA) 71 76, Bryn Flanagan 71 76

148 – Tyron McComb 77 71, CJ Levey (AMA) 75 73, Graeme Limper (AMA) 75 73, Shalan Govender 72 76, Sheldon Steyn ZIM 71 77

149 – Keegan Steyn (AMA) 77 72, Joubert van Eeden (AMA) 76 73, Simon Kruger (AMA) 75 74, Louis Taylor (AMA) 73 76

151 – Matt Wollman (AMA) GER 78 73, Norman Beggs 75 76, Matt Bright (AMA) 73 78, Stephan de Beer 73 78, Cameron Nesmith (AMA) 71 80

152 – Bartjie de Klerk (AMA) 77 75, Matthew Adams (AMA) 78 74, David Lamprecht 76 76, Brendan Britten NAM 76 76, Nicholas Botha (AMA) 80 72, Michael Armstrong (AMA) 74 78

153 – Khaya Jika 76 77, Matthew Kiewitz (AMA) 75 78

154 – Cole Dodgen (AMA) 77 77, Michael Schutz (AMA) 76 78, Etzard Grimbeek (AMA) 78 76, Siphiwe Siphayi 76 78, Herman Minnie 75 79, Carlos Arroyo (AMA) 72 82

155 – Carrie Park (AMA) 78 77

156 – Brad Diffenthal 78 78, Ian Ansett (AMA) 75 81

157 – Juan De Bruin (AMA) 78 79, Gary Baynham 79 78, Matthew Vogel 82 75

Missed the cut:-

158 – Gareth Akers (AMA) 79 79, Rhoan Gardiner 80 78, Paul Cuningham 82 76, Justin Levy NLD 82 76, Morne Wolmarans (AMA) 85 73

159 – Wesley Baptiste (AMA) 78 81, Ivanna Samu (AMA) 80 79

160 – Arno Bartholoma GER 78 82, Francois van Rensburg (AMA) 78 82

161 – Werner Lourens (AMA) 78 83, Jason Ackerman (AMA) 80 81, Owen Grobler 81 80, Devan Payne (AMA) 82 79

163 – Michael Van Hoeck (AMA) BEL 79 84, Shaun van Tonder 80 83, Kyle Lee 81 82, Duan Nagel (AMA) 85 78

165 – Ryan Wingrove (AMA) 78 87, Richard Tsai (AMA) 83 82, Louwtjie J van Vuuren (AMA) 84 81

167 – Michael Pienaar (AMA) 74 93, Armand Azar (AMA) 81 86, Brandon Shiers (AMA) 85 82

168 – Ramon Rigney 79 89, Marc De Jager (AMA) 85 83

170 – Daniel Steenkamp (AMA) 88 82

177 – Donovan Pestana (AMA) 88 89

200 – JP Basson (AMA) 106 94

WDN – Angelo Marques (AMA) 88 WDN

N/R – Michael Kok (AMA) 84 N/R

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