6th July 2015 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Crause on cruise control at Serengeti

Serengeti6-8JulDay1 (141)(PHOTO – Quintin Crause; credit CJ du Plooy)

KEMPTON PARK, 6 July 2015 – Sweet-swinging Quintin Crause enjoyed a birdie-binge at Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate on Monday to pull within one stroke of first round leader Jacques Kruyswijk in the IGT Tour’s Wanna Be A Champion Academy Classic.

The 24-year-old Limpopo amateur capitalised with eight birdies at the Masai Mara course.

“If it wasn’t for the four bogeys on my card, it could have been something really special,” said Crause after signing for a four-under-par 68.

“My irons were hot and I was hitting them stiff, giving myself a lot of birdie chances.”

Crause graduated with a B.Com Accounting from the University of Pretoria at the end of 2014.

“Thanks to a sponsorship from Old Mutual I can campaign full-time on the IGT Tour to prepare for the next Sunshine Tour’s Qualifying School,” he said.

“I would like to try the Mena Tour in Dubai for a month to get some international experience, but not before I get my game at a good level of consistency here at home.”

Crause bogeyed 12, but cleaned up with four birdies in a row from 14. He turned in 34 after dropping another shot at 18, but nailed a birdie putt at three to go back to two under. He notched three consecutive birdies at six, seven and eight, but bookended his gains with two more bogeys.

Crause believes his knowledge of the challenging greens was the key to his performance.

“I joined the Wanna Be A Champion Academy at Serengeti since last February, but now that I have graduated, I play here all the time,” he said. “The greens are very big and they roll exceptionally well, but they have a lot of tricky slopes.

“If you put the ball in play at the right spot, there are birdies to be had, but you hit it in the wrong spot, you are in trouble. Take the 12th hole. I left myself on the wrong side of the slope and three-putted for bogey. The same with the soft bogeys at five and nine.”

Kruyswijk was equally impressive at the Jack Nicklaus-designed layout, and the only blip on his card was a bogey at 18.

Fellow Sunshine Tour player Michael Anthony reeled in four birdies for a 69 and a share of third alongside Drikus Bruyns and amateur Andy Dill.

The Academy Challenge series offers young amateurs from the various academies participating in the series the opportunity to test themselves against professional golfers.

Ekurhuleni amateur Kyle McClatchie, who fired a course record 61 at the Masai Mara in May, was among the Wanna Be A Champion Academy starters making their IGT Tour debut.

The young gun had a wobbly start with a birdie and three bogeys, but rallied with four birdies at 12, 13, 14 and 17 to finish just three shots off the pace.

McClatchie tied fellow Wanna Be A Champion student Stuart Smith from Botswana for sixth.

FIRST ROUND SCORES

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

67 – Jacques Kruyswijk

68 – Quintin Crause (AMA)

69 – Anthony Michael, Drikus Bruyns, Andi Dill (AMA)

70 – Kyle McClatchie (AMA), Stuart Smith BOT

71 – Tyrone Ferreira, Juan Langeveld, Desvonde Botes, Matthew Kent

72 – Ryan Reid, Steven Ferreira, Reece Mayberry, Bryce McCabe (AMA)

73 – Tjaart van Wyk (AMA), Jake Redman, Jandre Fullard (AMA)

74 – Neil Cheetham ENG, Brett Liddle

75 – Nico du Buisson (AMA), Roberto Lupini, Danie Pretorius, Shane Heckler (AMA), Nobuhle Dlamini SWA, Sheldon Steyn ZIM, Michael Armstrong (AMA), Ryan Wingrove (AMA), Ruhan van Dijk (AMA)

76 – Tyrone Ryan, CJ du Plessis

77 – JP Schmidt (AMA), Wianco Cronje (AMA), Elmo Barnard (AMA), Ryan Cairns (ZIM), Hanko Bothma (AMA), Matt Wollman (AMA) GER, Gary Daoust (AMA), JC Ritchie, Matthew Adams (AMA)

78 – Gareth Akers (AMA), Andrew Carlsson (AMA), Norman Beggs, Paul Colditz (AMA), Jacques De Villiers (AMA), Shaun Bernstein (AMA), Ruan Korb (AMA), Christiaan Pretorius

79 – Kyle Beattie (AMA), David Lamprecht, Fouche Botha (AMA), Andre Pistorius, Maxime Deffontaine (AMA) BEL

80 – Brendan Blake (AMA), Rikus Oosthuizen (AMA), Sergio Alves (AMA), Matthew Vogel, Stef Visage, Dylan Docherty (AMA), Byron Garvie, Jacques Swarts (AMA), Gregory Beltramo

81 – Louis Botha, Sarel Boshoff (AMA), Arno Pretorius (AMA), Amerigo Renieri (AMA), FJ Staal

82 – Marco de Beer (AMA)

83 – Rhoan Gardiner, Michael Kok (AMA)

84 – Wesley Baptiste (AMA), Ricky Hendler (AMA), Morne Wolmarans (AMA), Slade Fick (AMA)

85 – Cole Dodgen (AMA)

87 – Joubert Van Eeden (AMA), Gustav Erasmus

88 – Melchizedek Van Vreden (AMA)

89 – Gary Jutzen (AMA)

90 – Shaun van Tonder

94 – Graeme Limper (AMA)

111 – JP Basson (AMA)

N/R – Siphiwe Siphayi

RTD – Paul Cuningham

Latest Big Easy IGT Golf News