11th March 2014 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Eagle fest puts Thimba in charge IGT ERPM

Eagle fest puts Thimba in charge IGT ERPM

Eagle fest puts Thimba in charge IGT ERPM

Photo – Toto Thimba; credit CJ du Plooy

BOKSBURG, 11 March 2014 – Silver Lakes golfer Toto Thimba put himself in prime position for victory when he blistered the course in eight-under-par to open up a three shot lead in the second round of the IGT Series ERPM.

The 28-year-old Thimba rode a hot putter to three eagles and four birdies against two dropped shots to finish well clear of Pieter Kruger, who vaulted to second with an equally impressive 66.

Werner van Niekerk notched two birdies and an eagle for a flawless 68 to finish four shots behind the leader and one clear of Thomas Lovett (66) and Okkie Strydom, who aced the par-three 14th on his way to a 66 and a share of fourth.

England’s Henry Featherstone carded a 67 to join Juan Langeveld (68) in sixth on six under.

Overnight leader JC Richie stumbled to a 74 to fall seven off the pace to joint eighth alongside Gian Scarola (71), Jerry Steyn (69), Brett Liddle (70), Alex Haindl (71) and top SA amateur Zander Lombard, who returned a 70.

Although it rained persistently and the wind gusted at 20 km per hour around the 7,303 meter layout, Thimba was oblivious to the conditions. Even his second bogey, which came at the par-four 18th, did little to diminish the two-time Big Easy winner’s delight after the round.

“It was just one of those amazing days when the game came together, tee to green, and the putts were dropping,” the Silver Lakes golfer said. “I’ve been working really hard with my new coach, Darryl Sando from England at my home course, and it’s going to be great to tell him about this round.

“It’s really great to have the IGT Tour to compete on when we have weeks off on the Sunshine Tour. You can work on stuff on your game and you can put it to test in real competition and see how it holds up under pressure.”

The Mamelodi pro is relishing the chance to pick up the winner’s cheque on Wednesday.

“I played nicely and I putted well; I’m feeling good about my game,” he said. “There are a lot of good players on my heels, but I’m aiming to win.

“That’s what I like about the IGT Tour. It amps you up to win. Then you take that confidence on Tour and you ride it.”

Sunshine Tour professional Strydom was six under through 15 after the hole-in-one at 14 and gains at the first, second, fourth, sixth, 13th and 15th, but his run derailed with a double bogey at the par-four 16th.

“I hit a snap hook and had a plugged lie in the bunker,” Strydom said. “I hit it straight across the green, trying to get out of the trap. But on the flipside, I made great birdie at the 17th and I won a draft off Cois du Plooy (IGT Tour commissioner) for my ace at the 14th, so it wasn’t a bad day at the office after all.”

SECOND ROUND SCORES

Herewith the second round scores from the IGT Series ERPM, played at the par-72 ERMP Golf Club on Tuesday, 11 March 2014; all competitors RSA unless otherwise specified and amateurs = (AMA)

132 – Toto Thimba Jnr 68 64

135 – Pieter Kruger 69 66

136 – Werner Van Niekerk 68 68

137 – Ockert Strydom 71 66, Thomas Lovett 69 68

138 – Henry Featherstone ENG 71 67, Juan Langeveld 70 68

139 – Zander Lombard (AMA) 69 70, Gian Scarola 68 71, Jerry Steyn 70 69, Alex Haindl 68 71, JC Ritchie 65 74, Brett Liddle 69 70

140 – Tyrone Ferreira 68 72, Hyun Park KOR 70 70

141 – Philip Geerts ITA (AMA) 69 72, Ph Mcintyre 71 70, Brandon Taylor USA 71 70, Herman Minnie 70 71, Ruan Huysamen NAM 68 73

142 – Roberto Lupini 70 72, Wayne Stroebel 72 70, Keegan Steyn (AMA) 72 70, Shaun Smith 71 71, Jacques de Villiers 72 70, Shaun Norris 75 67, Andrew Light 68 74, Mike Downes ENG 69 73, Antonio Rosado POR 71 71

143 – Terence Boardman 70 73, Ruan van Blerk 70 73

144 – Francois Coetzee 70 74, Jaco Prinsloo 73 71, Andi Dill (AMA) 74 70

145 – Jason Diab (AMA) 74 71, Jason Froneman (AMA) 73 72, Sam Botham ENG 72 73, Rourke Van der Spuy 72 73, TJ Bekker 72 73, Lean Boezaart 72 73

146 – Peter Wilson ENG 72 74, Johann Mostert 73 73, Rae Mackie 73 73, Jacques Prinsloo 71 75, Coert Groenewald 71 75

147 – Dayne Moore ZAM 77 70, David Lamprecht (AMA) 77 70, Neil Cheetham ENG 75 72, Johan de Beer 77 70

148 – Reghard Neethling (AMA) 74 74, Steven Ferreira 74 74, Frans Strydom 75 73, Nico Du Buisson (AMA) 73 75, JC van Dommelen 74 74

149 – Michael Scholz 79 70, Johan Smit (AMA) 72 77, John McClean NIR 72 77, Conway Kunneke 77 72, Raymond Mathonsi SWZ 71 78

150 – Jeandre Fourie 73 77, Angus Ellis-Cole (AMA) 74 76

Missed the cut:-

151 – Niel Meyer (AMA) 77 74, Ted Hendriks 75 76, Will Mathews USA 76 75, Tyron Mc Comb 74 77, Arthur Horne SWZ 79 72, Russel Franz (AMA) 72 79, Ludovic Bax MUS (AMA) 75 76

152 – Joubert Van Eeden (AMA) 75 77, Rob Menzies ENG 81 71, Ruwan Combrink 78 74, Christiaan Pretorius 77 75, Dwayne Coetzee 78 74, Chris Ha Yeung (AMA) 76 76

153 – JP Schmidt (AMA) 77 76

154 – Bryandrew Roelofsz 80 74, Otto van Greunen 78 76, Wayne du Toit 73 81, Jacques De Villiers (AMA) 80 74

156 – Hanbo Lee 83 73, Julian de Wet (AMA) 76 80, Arno Pretorius (AMA) 81 75

157 – Pieter Van der Linde (AMA) 80 77

158 – Ryno Diedericks (AMA) 74 84, Arno Bartholoma (AMA) 84 74, Fritz Orren (AMA) 76 82, Owen Grobler 81 77, Rhoan Gardiner 80 78, Michael Jooste (AMA) 79 79

159 – Anton Steenkamp (AMA) 77 82

161 – Justin Thomas (AMA) 83 78, Robert Herselman (AMA) 81 80

162 – Craig Dreyer 81 81

166 – Brett Cocking (AMA) 85 81

168 – Gerard van Zyl (AMA) 84 84

169 – Russell Jaques ENG (AMA) 85 84

182 – Kyle Bennett 92 90

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