10th June 2014 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Caldeira closes in at IGT’s Race to USA Dainfern

Dainfern9-11JuneDay1 (15)(Photo – Calvin Caldeira; credit CJ du Plooy)

MIDRAND, 10 June 2014 – Korea’s Huyn Park maintained his lead on the second day of the IGT Tour’s Race to the USA Dainfern, but Calvin Caldeira is hot on his heels after the young amateur matched Park’s three-under-par 69 on Tuesday.

The Korean showed all his battling qualities at Dainfern Estate and Country Club and limited the damage of a double bogey and two drops with seven birdies to eke out an aggregate of six-under-par 138.

This was good enough for a one shot lead over Caldeira, who reeled in a string of four birdies from the 15th to move within striking distance of a maiden IGT Tour win for a second week running.

Cape Town’s Lean Boezaart carded a 70 to finish in third on 141, while Lucas Steyn matched Park and Caldeira with a 69 of his own to climb to fourth on 142.

Joint overnight leader Okkie Strydom slipped to fifth on one under 143 after a costly 74.

Caldeira overcame a bogey at the first with a chip-in birdie at the next hole. After holing a 20-footer for birdie at the third, he dropped another shot with at the par-four fifth.

“I had a horseshoe at the first and three-putted, and had another three-putt at the fourth and I had to wonder if it was going to be one of those days,” said the 20-year-old from Krugersdorp.

“But I drove the ball well for the rest of the nine and the putter behaved until I got to the 12th, where the three-putt devil stuck out his head again.”

The bogey at the par-five 12th would be the last blue number on his card, though, as Caldeira parred the next two holes before his short stick caught fire.

“I knocked in a 40-footer for birdie at the 15th to get the run going,” Caldeira said.

“I hit it to 10 feet at the 16th and 17th and knocked it on the green for two at the 18th and two-putted for birdie. It was a great way to finish the round, and it’s given me a real boost.”

While Park notched his first pro victory in the Race to the USA series, but Caldeira is still looking to break his duck on the IGT Tour.

“I had a chance last week at the Race to the USA Krugersdorp, but I threw it away in the final round,” Caldeira said. “That’s the reason I campaign on the IGT Tour. I need to get use to the competitive environment and playing against the guys that chase the money raises the pressure for me. Hopefully I can do better on Wednesday.”

Meanwhile James Searson countered an opening 81 with a 66 to claim the low round of the day and finish well above the cut, set at 12-over-par 157.

Theodor Oosthuizen, the cousin of 2010 Open champion, Louis Oosthuizen, holed out that the par-three 16th for his first ace in the first round. The amateur was thrilled to reach the final round after doubling up on 75s.

And Bonita Bredenhann will be only rose among the thorns after the Namibian carded rounds of 75 and 79 to finish two strokes inside the cutline.

SECOND ROUND SCORES

Herewith the second round scores from the IGT Tour’s Race to the USA Dainfern, played at the par-72 Dainfern Estate and Country Club in Midrand on Tuesday, 10 June 2014; all competitors RSA unless otherwise specified and amateurs = (AMA)

138 – Hyun Park KOR 69 69

139 – Calvin Caldeira (AMA) 70 69

141 – Lean Boezaart 71 70

142 – Lucas Steyn 73 69

143 – Ockert Strydom 69 74

144 – Michael Scholz 72 72, Jonathan Waschefort 74 70, Christian Olivier (AMA) 73 71, Duane Keun 71 73, Cliff Howes 73 71

145 – Antonio Rosado POR 76 69, Wayne Stroebel 72 73, Rob Menzies ENG 71 74

146 – Jacques de Villiers 74 72, Tyron McComb 74 72, Rae Mackie 70 76, Jerry Steyn 71 75

147 – John McClean NIR 76 71, James Searson 81 66

148 – DK Kim KOR 77 71

149 – Julian de Wet (AMA) 74 75, Christiaan Pretorius 75 74, Khaya Jika 70 79

150 – Willie Steyn 77 73, Theodor Oosthuizen (AMA) 75 75

151 – Conway Kunneke 79 72, Murray Smit 76 75

152 – David Lamprecht 77 75, Herman Minnie 78 74, Byron Garvie 74 78, Mike Downes ENG 75 77

153 – Russel Franz (AMA) 78 75, Michael Van Hoeck (AMA) 77 76

154 – Hanbo Lee 83 71, Werner Van Niekerk 79 75, Bonita Bredenhann NAM 75 79

155 – Lydon Charnely (AMA) 79 76, Graham van den Berg (AMA) 81 74

156 – CJ Levey (AMA) 80 76, Otto van Greunen 79 77

Missed the cut:-

157 – Alwyn Vorster 76 81

158 – Ryan Wingrove (AMA) 78 80

159 – Shaun van Tonder 82 77, Keegan Steyn (AMA) 86 73

160 – Ruwan Combrink 83 77

161 – Christian Kayumba-Mbanga ZIM 81 80

163 – Jacqui Akers (AMA) 80 83, Kirsten Campbell (AMA) 79 84

164 – Ian Thomas 85 79

180 – Stefan Malan 97 83

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