23rd October 2018 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Dreyer’s domination continues in Big Easy IGT Benoni

Dreyer’s domination continues in Big Easy IGT Benoni

(PHOTO – Juran Dreyer; credit CJ du Plooy)

BENONI, 23 October 2018 – Juran Dreyer took a huge step towards a maiden professional title when he coasted to a six shot lead in the second round of the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour #12 on Tuesday.

After plundering the Lake Club Benoni layout with 10 birdies to take the first round lead on nine-under-par 63, the Free State rookie made the most of the glorious summer’s day and a one-club wind.

He stretch his two shot overnight advantage with an eagle and half-a-dozen birdies for a seven-under 65 that moved him to 16-under for the week.

“I’m in a really good position to win my first Big Easy IGT, but I’m not thinking too far past my tee-time tomorrow,” said the 23-year-old Schoeman Park golfer.

“I was in the same position at the Big Easy IGT #10 at Services a few weeks ago. I led the field going into the final round, but Stuart Smith walked away with the trophy. I’m obviously keen to win my first pro title, but you don’t win until the last putt drops.

“I’ve only dropped two shots in 36 holes. The game is there. The confidence is there. I’ll take both to the course, play shot-for-shot just like I’ve done the last two days and see where it takes me. It will be a mental and physical test. Hopefully I pass with flying colours.”

Dreyer got off to a birdie start at the par five 10th, notched another gain at 12 and knocked in a short putt for three at the par five 15th.

“I was just off the fairway on the right at 15 and I hit a great 2-iron with a small cut with the wind to six foot and nailed the eagle putt,” he said. “Unfortunately I short-sided myself in the bunker at 17 and couldn’t up-and-down for par.

“I hit it greenside at 18, chipped it close and boxed the birdie putt to turn four-under. On the back nine, I two-putted both par fives (three and four) and made a two-footer for birdie at five.”

It could have been another 63, but Dreyer lipped out at seven and left his birdie putt in the mouth on the eighth hole.

“Those kind of losses you just have to write off immediately,” he said. “I will try to keep playing like this and I’m always positive. On a course like this, I think that you have to accept everything.  It’s a fair test and the greens are getting hard. I’ll have to work for the win, but hopefully I can keep patient and have some fun. That’s the way to go about things.”

Dreyer’s closest challengers are Pretoria golfer Tokkie van den Berg and Blain Samson from The Golf School of Excellence.

The pair carded respective rounds of 69 and 66 to tie for second on 10-under, one shot clear of Stellenbosch rookie Michael-James Steyn, who posted 70.

Jason Roets, Jeff Inglis, Kyle Barker and Ruan Korb share fifth on eight-under and a further six players tied for ninth on seven-under.

 

Second Round Scores

All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as AMA

128 – Juran Dreyer 63 65

134 – Tokkie van den Berg 65 69, Blain Sansom 68 66

135 – Michael-James Steyn 65 70

136 – Jason Roets 68 68, Jeff Inglis (ENG) 70 66, Kyle Barker 72 64, Ruan Korb 66 70

137 – Matt Bright 65 72, Dylan Kok 68 69, Conway Kunneke 68 69, Divan Marais 69 68, Eric Nel 69 68, Paul Boshoff 70 67

138 – John McClean (NIR) 68 70, Hayden Griffiths 68 70, Hendrikus Stoop 69 69

139 – Richard Joubert 70 69, Luke Brown 70 69, Greg Bentley (ZIM) 72 67

140 – Matthew Hands AMA 71 69, Brett Liddle 72 68, Romano Saincic 73 67, Arno Pretorius 68 72, Stuart Smith (BOT) 67 73, Gareth Sargent AMA 73 67

141 – Zabastian de Jager 72 69, Cameron Moralee 68 73, Thabiso Ngcobo 70 71, Michael Kok 71 70, Dean O’Riley 71 70, Dongkwan Kim (KOR) 74 67, Tristan Topka AMA 72 69

Missed the cut:-

142 – Jason Diab 72 70, Stephan du Toit 70 72, Llewellyn Grobbelaar AMA 72 70, Albert Venter 70 72, Peetie van der Merwe 72 70, Ruhan van Dijk 73 69, Matthew Spacey 72 70, Leon Visser 69 73, Daniel Hammond 74 68

143 – Gary Daoust (BEL) 70 73, Harry Konig (ENG) 71 72, Maritz Wessels 69 74, Dean du Plessis AMA 70 73, Jason Rossiter 71 72, Stefan Wears-Taylor 76 67, Quintin Crause 71 72, WM Coetzee AMA 70 73, Andrew Carlsson 76 67, Patrick Thompson 73 70, Bradley Diggeden AMA 74 69

144 – Keanu Pestana AMA 76 68, Jonathan Waschefort 73 71

145 – Teddy Mathebula 72 73, Dwayne Basson 70 75

146 – Dylan Mostert 73 73, Neil Cheetham (ENG) 76 70

147 – Matthew Rushton 77 70, Andrew Burmester 76 71, Donovan Liddicoat AMA 75 72, David Rebelo 78 69, Kyle Murphy AMA 78 69, Keaton Slatter 76 71, Andi Dill 76 71

148 – Albert Visser 76 72, Jack Rex Duthie 75 73, Shaun van Tonder 73 75

150 – Jay Dean Fourie 74 76

151 – Matthew Rossouw AMA 78 73, Tumelo Molloyi 79 72

152 – Tanaka Mhere AMA (ZIM) 79 73, Bryce Myburgh 73 79, Gerard du Plooy 76 76, Louis Botha 79 73

153 – Warric Dyers 75 78, Ethan Joseph 79 74, Michael van Rooyen 76 77

154 – Michael Louth 74 80, Cameron Gurr AMA 78 76, Leon Vorster 79 75

155 – Johan Buitendag AMA 77 78, Cameron Gunning 80 75, Shalan Govender 78 77

156 – Jordan Parsons AMA 79 77

157 – Kyle Opperman AMA 79 78

158 – Paulo Serrao (POR) 79 79, Christopher de Beer 79 79, Chase Paton AMA 82 76, Alwyn Smith 79 79

159 – Michael Dreyer 76 83, Dylan Morton AMA 78 81

162 – Jonathan George AMA 89 73, Stephane van Neer (COD) 81 81

166 – Marcus Smal AMA 88 78

 

Ends

 

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

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