22nd May 2018 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Bruiners bursts clear at Big Easy IGT State Mines

Bruiners bursts clear at Big Easy IGT State Mines
(PHOTO – Heinrich Bruiners; credit CJ du Plooy)

GERMISTON, 22 May 2018 – Heinrich Bruiners excelled with a five-under-par 67 to take the second round lead in the third event on this year’s Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour in Germiston.
Despite low temperatures and a stiff breeze at State Mines Country Club, the George golfer made an eagle at the par-five third and plundered six birdies to climb to seven-under 137.
“I drove it right down the middle at three and I smoked a 4-iron Rory McIloy style to tap-in,” joked Bruiners. “We were into the wind and I had 203 metres to the flag, so I hit it with a high draw and it came out beautifully. Great way to get the round going.”
Bruiners claimed the eighth card at the Sunshine Tour’s Qualifying School in March after finishing fifth in the Vusi Ngubeni Q-School, but chose to miss the Africa Swing to work on his game. He was justifiably pleased to see the hard work come to fruition at State Mines.
“I played the whole summer and two Q-Schools and I just felt I needed to stop playing for a while and put in some productive practice,” said the 30-year-old.
“I took a leaf out of the top players’ book; play a little less golf and to work more productively on my game to prepare for the big events. I studied my stats and I worked on shots that will win me tournaments, instead of just hitting balls on the range. It’s been five years since my Vodacom Origins win. I don’t just want to play for the sake of playing anymore. I want to win again.”
Bruiners leads by one from overnight leader Keegan Mclachlan, who returned a 71 and is three shots clear of a six-pack on four under, including seasoned campaigners Thabang Simon and Teboho Sefatsa, former IGT Challenge Tour winners Louis Albertse, Dylan Mostert, Dean O’Riley and rookie Arno Pretorius.
“It’s great to have three Gary Player Class of 2018 players in the top five,” said Bruiners, referring to himself, Simon and 2018 Vusi Ngubeni Q-School champion Sefatsa.
“I played solid in Swaziland, but I just didn’t score. Since we have a Gary Player Class of 2018 Boot Camp coming up next week, I decided to play this week to get the game competitive. And it was a really productive day for me.
“The greens seemed to catch out a lot of guys because they are really firm. They are very similar to the greens at Fancourt though, so that played into my hand. I eagled the third and birdies the other three par fives, and made four birdies to go four-under through 12.
“The wind got a lot stronger over the last four holes and I hit two bad shots for bogeys at 14 and 17, but I was able to cancel both a birdie at 15 and another at 18. I knew I was somewhere around the leaders going down the last, and I wanted to make sure I played in the last group.
“I hit 5-iron off the tee and a 52-degree wedge for my second. It pitched nicely, but rolled out a bit long but I drained the 18-footer for birdie. I’m excited to play in the last group on Wednesday, because it’s nice to be playing under that kind of pressure again. I’m going to play the next IGT in Benoni after boot camp. I want to be ready to fire in the Sun City Challenge at the start of June.”
KwaZulu-Natal amateur Luke Mayo, who was nominated alongside Mclachlan by GolfRSA to compete at State Mines, finished on one-over 145 with rounds of 73 and 72 and made the cut, which fell at one over par.

Second Round Scores
All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as AMA
137 – Heinrich Bruiners 70 67
138 – Keegan Mclachlan AMA 67 71
140 – Thabang Simon 70 70, Louis Albertse 70 70, Teboho Sefatsa 69 71, Dean O’Riley 70 70, Dylan Mostert 71 69, Arno Pretorius 70 70
141 – Rigardt Albertse AMA 69 72, Pieter Moolman 70 71, Duane Keun 73 68
142 – Andrew Carlsson 74 68, Dylan Kok 69 73, NJ van der Walt AMA 72 70, Otto van Buynder AMA 75 67
143 – Mark James (ENG) 70 73, Divan Marais 70 73, Ruan Korb 74 69, Ruhan van Dijk 70 73, Gilson Filho (BRA) 73 70, Kyle Barker 69 74
144 – Bennie van der Merwe 74 70, Thabiso Ngcobo 74 70, Vaughn van Deventer AMA 71 73, Teagan Moore 72 72, CJ du Plessis 74 70, Damon Stephenson (AUS) 71 73, Jesper Alm (SWE) 69 75, John McClean (NIR) 70 74
145 – Armand van Dyk AMA 70 75, David Rebelo 72 73, Tokkie van den Berg 74 71, Luke Mayo AMA 73 72, Dongkwan Kim (KOR) 69 76, Andi Dill 73 72, Jason Roets 73 72, Neal Herman 72 73
Missed the cut:-
146 – Jeff Inglis (ENG) 71 75, Hendrikus Stoop 75 71, Estiaan Conradie 77 69, JP Rousseau AMA 70 76, Marcus Smal AMA 75 71, Wayne Stroebel 75 71
147 – Stuart Smith (BOT) 73 74, Allan Versfeld 77 70, Johan van der Wath 73 74, Antonio Costa (CHL) 72 75, Conway Kunneke 72 75
148 – Maritz Wessels 77 71, Brandon Lydon AMA 73 75, Michael Pfeifer 76 72, Sean Bradley 75 73, Makhetha Mazibuko 70 78, Luke Brown 75 73, Gary Daoust (BEL) 76 72, CJ Levey 75 73
149 – Zabastian de Jager 76 73, Leon Vorster 79 70, Philip Geerts (ITA) 75 74, Marco de Beer 69 80, Eric Nel 71 78, Jason Rossiter 74 75, Marthin Scheepers 72 77, Gert Myburgh 76 73, Matthew Rushton 75 74, Gerrit Foster 77 72, Matt Bright 73 76, Ruan Groenewald 74 75, Jonathan Waschefort 77 72, Alrich Labuschagne 74 75
150 – Dwayne Basson 77 73, Bryce Myburgh 77 73, Allister de Kock 74 76, Derick Petersen 73 77, Leon Visser 73 77, Jason Diab 72 78, Quintin Crause 77 73
151 – Thabo Moraba 77 74, Michiel Bothma 74 77, Louis Botha 74 77, Paulo Serrao (POR) 76 75, Brett Liddle 75 76, Yubin Jung 75 76, Allan Jirek AMA (CZE) 77 74
152 – Dylan Docherty 77 75, Neezy Thubisi 78 74, Matthew Hands AMA 76 76
153 – Jack Rex Duthie 77 76, Gerard du Plooy 77 76
154 – Matthew Spacey 76 78, Andrew Burmester 79 75
155 – Neville Mitchell AMA 75 80, Dino Capazario AMA 75 80
156 – Peetie van der Merwe 79 77
157 – Ricardo Towell 76 81, Greg Bentley (ZIM) 77 80, Shalan Govender 81 76, Kyle Opperman AMA 76 81
158 – WM Coetzee AMA 79 79
159 – Paul de Beer 78 81, Jay Dean Fourie 73 86, Lance Ellerbeck AMA 76 83
160 – Adrian Brabson AMA 79 81, Scott Chambers 82 78, Daniel Joubert 83 77
161 – Sam Metcalfe AMA 76 85, Byron Garvie 78 83
162 – Divan De Villiers 81 81, Dewald Stander 77 85
163 – Warric Dyers 88 75
166 – Tyron Taylor AMA 80 86
WDN – Keaton Slatter 76 WDN, Aneel Kallan AMA 76 WDN

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

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