15th January 2019 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Brown and Dingle edge ahead at Centurion

Brown and Dingle edge ahead at Centurion

CENTURION, 15 January 2019 – Centurion Country Club is turning into happy hunting ground for Luke Brown. Just a month after he sealed his card for the 2019/2020 Sunshine Tour with a magnificent victory in the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour Championship, the Sandton golfer is back in the mix on the IGT Challenge Tour.

Brown powered his way into a share of the lead with Sunshine Tour campaigner Wynand Dingle on day two of the first Race to Q-School on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old Country Club Johannesburg golfer fired four birdies during his outward loop and made one more coming home for a five-under 67 to hit the front on 10-under.

Dingle, one off the pace at the start of the second round, offset three bogeys with seven birdies for a 68 that earned the Pecanwood golfer a share of pole position.

Seasoned campaigner Michiel Bothma claimed the low round honours of the day to get into the mix.

A six-under-66 boosted the former three-time Sunshine Tour winner to joint third with Albert Venter, who returned a 69. The Silver Lakes duo is just one shot behind the joint leaders.

Overnight leader Gareth Sargent made it a three-way tie at the top with successive birdies at 15 and 16, but a bogey-bogey finish for a 71 saw the Joburg amateur drop to fifth on his own on eight-under.

When Brown defeated Dylan Kok at the first extra hole of a sudden-death play-off at Centurion to win the Big Easy IGT season-finale in December, he did so with a brilliant tee shot over the water that guards the par-four 18th.

Today was no different, but unlike the eagle that won him the Championship trophy, Brown had to settle for a birdie when his 2-iron approach came up just short of the green.

“I couldn’t help thinking about that eagle for a second or two, but you have to stay in the moment,” said Brown. “I put it out of my mind, took aim and fired. The ball pitched just short, but I chipped it close and boxed the short putt. That was the name of the game today; lots of chip-and-putt shots.”

Brown got off to a fast start with birdies at the par five 12th and 13th and further gains at the par five 15th and the 18th took him to the back nine on nine-under.

“I made a good chip-and-putt for birdie at 12 and hit it to three feet at 13,” said Brown. “At 15, I was just off the fairway and went for it with a 4-iron. I hit it long, but made another good chip-and-putt birdie.

“I eagled the first hole in round one, but I left myself with a tough bunker shot and couldn’t capitalise at the par five. I birdied the next par five (four), but I had a really tough chip at seven and didn’t take advantage of the par five.

“Overall, I struggled a bit off the tee, but my iron-shots were good. I had 28 putts and my short-game was on song. I’m really pleased to be in contention this early in the season. I played a lot of social golf over the break to stay in form, but nothing sharpens you like tournament golf. It’s going to be great to play with Wynand and Michiel in the final round. They are both very experienced and they know how to win, so it will be really valuable experience for me to prepare for the Sunshine Tour.”

Second Round Scores

All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as AMA

134 – Luke Brown 67 67, Wynand Dingle 66 68

135 – Michiel Bothma 69 66, Albert Venter 66 69

136 – Gareth Sargent AMA 65 71

139 – Marthin Scheepers 69 70, Darin de Smidt AMA 70 69, Jason Rossiter 69 70

140 – James Mack (ENG) 70 70, Kyle Barker 71 69, Matthew Carvell 71 69

141 – Neal Woernhard (SUI) 69 72, Teboho Sefatsa 70 71, Neil Cheetham (ENG) 72 69, Ruan de Smidt 70 71, Andrew Carlsson 68 73

142 – Makhetha Mazibuko 72 70, Jason Diab 72 70, Clayton Mansfield AMA 70 72, MJ Viljoen 70 72

143 – Richard Joubert 71 72, Ruan Korb 69 74, Christopher van der Merwe AMA 70 73, Adam Breen AMA 70 73, Malcolm Mitchell AMA 69 74

144 – Phumlani Maluka 71 73, Zabastian de Jager 72 72, Omar Sandys 71 73, Tristan Topka AMA 71 73, Christof Appel 72 72, Heinrich Bruiners 72 72, Andi Dill 74 70, Thabang Simon 74 70, Warric Dyers 74 70, Allister de Kock 69 75, Riaan Swart AMA 70 74

145 – Hanish Nagrani (ZIM) 71 74, Ivan Mare AMA 70 75, Michael Saunders (ENG) 74 71, Christian Basson AMA 72 73

146 – Eric Nel 75 71, Edwin Stafford AMA 72 74, Elmo Barnard AMA 72 74, Francois van der Walt AMA 70 76, Derick Petersen 70 76, Luke Trocado 76 70, Carlo Heunis AMA 73 73, Jaco van der Merwe AMA 69 77, Emilio Pera AMA 72 74

147 – Kyle Murphy AMA 76 71, Keanu Pestana AMA 75 72, Jancarel Rossouw AMA 74 73, Albert Visser 73 74, Hanlo Jacobs 73 74, Patric Dowling AMA 75 72, Henning du Plooy AMA 73 74, Adriel Poonan 73 74, WM Coetzee AMA 70 77, Gerhard Pepler AMA 71 76

Missed the cut:-

148 – Maritz Wessels 74 74, Paul Rodrigues AMA 74 74, Breyten Meyer 78 70, Leon Vorster 73 75, Jabulane Mabilane 70 78, Stephan Erasmus 74 74, Garrick Higgo AMA 72 76, Dwayne Basson 74 74, Musiwalo Nethunzwi 70 78, Blain Sansom 72 76

149 – Cody White (CAN) 77 72, Gary Daoust (BEL) 74 75, Altaaf Bux 73 76, Angus Ellis-Cole AMA 73 76, Allan Jirek AMA (CZE) 76 73, Yngve Nilsson (SWE) 73 76, Sipho Bujela 75 74

150 – Christopher Scheppel AMA 76 74

151 – Kevin Berger (GER) 72 79, Shaun van Tonder 77 74, Reinhardt Blaauw AMA 69 82, Adam Baker 78 73, Tumelo Molloyi 69 82

152 – Francois Nel AMA 74 78, Conner Mackenzie AMA 76 76, Bradley Diggeden AMA 73 79, Igor Milicic (SRB) 76 76, Xander Prinsloo AMA 75 77, Jack Duthie 77 75, Divan de Villiers 77 75, Richard Spagnolo AMA 72 80

153 – Marcus Smal AMA 81 72, Donovan Liddicoat AMA 75 78, Nqobani Ndabambi (ZIM) 74 79, Mark Bright 76 77

154 – Byron Fichardt AMA 75 79, Fritz Orren 74 80

155 – Duan Nagel AMA 80 75, Divan Marais 74 81, Hanro Booysen 77 78

156 – Brandon-Jude Rennie AMA (SWZ) 76 80, Alwyn Smith 77 79, Lance Ellerbeck AMA 80 76

158 – Andrej Skrbinsek AMA 77 81, Ricardo Towell 82 76, Matthew Hands AMA 75 83

159 – Marco de Beer 81 78, Luke Kelly 76 83, Kobus Engelbrecht AMA 78 81

160 – Louis Botha 81 79, Deon Bredenkamp 86 74, Jay Dean Fourie 75 85, Paulo Serrao (POR) 85 75

161 – Dean du Plessis AMA 73 88

165 – Ka Lok Ho (CHN) 79 86

167 – Neo Mokgatle AMA 87 80

169 – Alice Rich AMA 82 87, CJ Brits AMA 83 86

170 – Chase Paton AMA 88 82

172 – Gary Jutzen AMA 86 86

WDN – Matthias Freudenberger AMA (GER) 104 WDN

DSQ – Tyron Taylor AMA 87 DSQ, Jonathan Waschefort 70 DSQ

WDN – Matthew Holland AMA WDN

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