4th August 2015 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Bezuidenhout in command at Pro Squad Classic

Irene16-18MarDay1 (69)(PHOTO – Christiaan Bezuidenhout; credit CJ du Plooy)

TSHWANE, 4 August 2015 – Christiaan Bezuidenhout edged closer to successive IGT Tour titles when he put some distance between himself and the chasing pack in the second round of the Pro Squad Classic at Centurion Country Club on Tuesday.

For a second successive day, the recent Sishen Open champion mixed six birdies with two bogeys for a 68 and he will start the final round in pole position at eight-under-par 136.

Bezuidenhout pulled three strokes clear of Conway Kunneke, who returned a 70, and finished four shots ahead of fellow Wanna Be A Champion Academy player NJ Arnoldi, who shot 71.

Former IGT Tour winner Bryn Flanagan and Sunshine Tour regular TJ Bekker are six strokes back in joint fourth after respective rounds of 72 and 70.

Amateur Andrew Williamson registered a 71 to move to sixth on three under, while Matthew Vogel finished a further stroke back after successive rounds of 72.

Bezuidenhout joined the pro ranks in March and claimed his maiden victory in his second start on the country’s premier development Tour.

He doubled up 10 days ago when he edged out seasoned professional Theunis Spangenberg and Sunshine Tour rookie Russel Franz – a two-time IGT Tour winner – to claim a four stroke victory at Sishen Golf Club.

The 19-year-old Delmas golfer was pleased to lead, but a little frustrated with the lack of red numbers on his card.

“I am striking the ball really well and giving myself chances, but I am struggling to score,” he said. “The greens are rolling nicely, but they were a bit faster than in the first round. In our three-ball, we all struggled with the pace and the lines. You think you have the line, but then the ball breaks the other way a couple of inches before the hole.

“I missed some makeable putts and I definitely left at least three birdies out there. It’s all part of the learning curve, though, and I am glad that I am in contention. This year is all about gaining consistency and to try to finish in the top five every week.”

Kunneke was level through nine holes and dipped two below par with an eagle at the first.

He lost the advantage with bogeys at two and four, but redeemed himself with birdies at seven and nine to finish on 139.

Arnoldi had a double bogey, two birdies and two drops on the front nine.

After starting the back nine with another double at the first, the Ekurhuleni golfer rallied with birdies three, five, six, eight and nine to slip into third on four under.

SECOND ROUND SCORES

(All players RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as AMA)

136 – Christiaan Bezuidenhout 68 68

139 – Conway Kunneke 69 70

140 – NJ Arnoldi 69 71

142 – Bryn Flanagan 70 72, TJ Bekker 72 70

143 – Andrew Williamson (AMA) 72 71

144 – Matthew Vogel 72 72

145 – Ruan Korb (AMA) 74 71, Gideon Pienaar 74 71, Siphiwe Siphayi 73 72, CJ Levey (AMA) 71 74, Jandre Fullard (AMA) 73 72

146 – Carrie Park (AMA) 73 73, Ted Hendriks 71 75, Sheldon Steyn ZIM 73 73, Carlos Arroyo (AMA) 73 73

147 – Keegan Steyn (AMA) 73 74

148 – Garth Wolter 74 74

149 – Pieter Kruger 74 75

150 – Louis Taylor (AMA) 76 74

151 – Pieter Muller (AMA) 77 74, Gregory Royston (AMA) 74 77, Peetie van der Merwe (AMA) 77 74, Andi Dill (AMA) 71 80, Simon Kruger 77 74, Reynhard Reynecke (AMA) 77 74

152 – Hendrikus Stoop (AMA) 81 71, Divan Marais (AMA) 78 74, Jaco Mouton 72 80, Danie Pretorius 78 74, Chris van Tonder (AMA) 79 73, Tyron Mc Comb 73 79

153 – Christiaan Pretorius 74 79, Niel Meyer 76 77, Michael Jooste (AMA) 76 77, Godfrey Mphaga 78 75, Hilton Hughes (AMA) 77 76, Herman Minnie 82 71, Marc De Jager (AMA) 79 74, Gareth Akers (AMA) 77 76, Joubert Van Eeden (AMA) 77 76

154 – Shaun van Tonder 78 76, Wian Verster 76 78, Gary Daoust (AMA) 77 77

155 – Mark Bright 76 79, Slade Fick (AMA) 77 78, Ruan Conradie (AMA) 78 77

156 – Maxime Deffontaine (AMA) BEL 75 81, Ryan Ciapparelli 75 81, Zillan Du Pisani (AMA) 80 76, Andre Van Heerden (AMA) 79 77, Niel Theron (AMA) 79 77, Cole Dodgen (AMA) 75 81

Missed the cut:-

157 – Matthew Kiewitz (AMA) 77 80, Duan Nagel (AMA) 76 81, Johan de Beer 78 79, Gerard Du Plooy 80 77

158 – Andre Pistorius 81 77, Vincent Mienie (AMA) 81 77, Armand Azar (AMA) 81 77, Stephan Erasmus (AMA) 83 75

159 – Julian de Wet (AMA) 81 78, Marco de Beer (AMA) 81 78, Wayne du Toit 84 75, Zander Potgieter (AMA) 79 80, Jason Ackerman (AMA) 78 81, Michael Pienaar (AMA) 80 79, David Lamprecht 76 83, Dougie Meijer 84 75, Dwayne Coetzee 80 79, Michael Van Hoeck (AMA) (BEL) 77 82

160 – Lloyd Herbst (AMA) 81 79, Keanan Aysen (AMA) 78 82, Conner Mackenzie (AMA) 80 80

161 – Hanko Bothma (AMA) 80 81, Michael Schutz (AMA) 74 87

162 – Rikus Oosthuizen (AMA) 83 79

163 – Jadrick Fourie (AMA) 89 74, Barend Herbst (AMA) 83 80, Gregory Beltramo 81 82, Werner Lourens (AMA) 82 81

164 – Lydon Charnely (AMA) 81 83

165 – Angelo Marques (AMA) 87 78

166 – Juan De Bruin (AMA) 82 84

167 – Brandon Lydon (AMA) 86 81

170 – Jabu Radebe 86 84, Jonty B Shelton (AMA) 86 84, Ramon Rigney 88 82

171 – Donovan Pestana (AMA) 85 86

178 – Tommie Brits (AMA) 91 87

182 – JP Basson (AMA) 95 87

186 – Dean Schonegevel (AMA) 92 94

N/R – Michael Kok (AMA) 82 N/R

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