29th June 2015 | Big Easy IGT Golf
Flanagan and Turner on fire at Kyalami
JOHANNESBURG, 29 June 2015 – Less than a month after he claimed a maiden Big Easy Tour victory, Bryn Flanagan is in ascendancy again and hunting his second IGT Tour title in the Gary Player School for Champions Classic at Kyalami Country Club.
The 23-year-old Wanderers player cruised to an opening four-under-par 68 and a share of the first round lead with Sunshine Tour professional Justin Turner on Monday.
The pair finished just a stroke clear of Louis Calitz from the Gary Player School for Champions and the GolfSpecialist’s Tyron Roelofsz.
Central Gauteng amateur Rupert Kaminski is a further stroke adrift in a tie for fifth with Conway Kunneke and former IGT Tour winner, Lean Boezaart.
Flanagan graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in sports administration last year and began campaigning on the country’s premier development Tour in July.
Three months later, he claimed his maiden IGT Tour title with a two stroke victory at his home course and went on to secure his Big Easy card with a 49th place finish in the Sunshine Tour Qualifying School in January.
Switching his time between the Big Easy and IGT Tours, Flanagan has enjoyed a productive season.
He claimed top 10 finishes in all three starts on the Big Easy Tour and notched seven top 10 places on the IGT Tour, including a runner-up finish in the CA Academy Classic, third in the Jeandre Fourie Classic, a joint fifth in the BDGA Academy Classic and two ties for sixth.
After testing his game against pros and amateurs on the IGT Tour for the last 12 months, the Big Easy breakthrough at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington earlier this month underlines the fact that Flanagan has transitioned comfortably to the bigger stage.
Although the Krugersdorp native stumbled with a double bogey at the third, he rallied with back-to-back birdies at four and five and birdied the seventh to turn one under.
He briefly dropped back to even-par with a bogey at 11, but gathered another pair of birdies at 13 and 14 before holing out for an eagle-two at 15.
Turner joined the pro ranks in 2014, but failed to keep his card. Following a tie for 25th in the IGT Tour’s Q-School Prep at Wanderers, he played his way back on to the Sunshine Tour with a runner-up finish in the January Q-School.
The Wanna Be A Champion player erased four bogeys at the classic Parklands layout and will take a lot of confidence out of an almost blemish-free back nine that featured five of his eight birdies.
Eight other students from the Gary Player School for Champions are competing in the tournament and amateurs Matthew Kiewitz and Michael Schutz both finished within striking distance of the leaders.
Kiewitz opened with a three under 71 and is three off the pace in eighth, while Schutz joined the six-man bus tied for ninth at even-par.
FIRST ROUND SCORES
68 – Bryn Flanagan, Justin Turner
69 – Louis Calitz, Tyron Roelofsz
70 – Rupert Kaminski (AMA), Conway Kunneke, Lean Boezaart
71 – Matthew Kiewitz (AMA)
72 – Michael Schutz (AMA), Ryan Ciapparelli, Bryandrew Roelofsz, Michael Palmer, Drikus Bruyns, Christiaan Bezuidenhout
73 – Matt Carvell, Stephan Erasmus (AMA), Gary Daoust (AMA), Jason Froneman, Ruan Huysamen (NAM), Tyrone Ryan
74 – Werner Van Wyk (AMA), Dylan O’Leary, Danie Pretorius, Carrie Park (AMA), Johan de Beer, Ryan Cairns (ZIM), Juan Langeveld, Andi Dill (AMA), Sheldon Steyn (ZIM), Armand Azar (AMA)
75 – Paul Cuningham, Jason Ackerman (AMA), Bernard Hattingh (AMA), Brendan Britten (NAM), TJ Bekker, Simon Kruger, Phillip Kruse (AMA), Matt Wollman (AMA) (GER)
76 – Hein Dreyer (AMA), Daniel Slabbert (AMA), Michael Kok (AMA), David McIntyre (AMA), Drikus Van der Walt
77 – Andrew Carlsson (AMA), Rhoan Gardiner, Wayne Stroebel, Neil Cheetham (ENG)
78 – CJ Levey (AMA), David Ashley (AMA), Norman Beggs, Michael Van Hoeck (AMA) (BEL), Christiaan Pretorius, Joubert Van Eeden (AMA), Gareth Akers (AMA)
79 – Ricky Hendler (AMA), Michael Jooste (AMA), Nicholas Botha (AMA), Chris Van Tonder (AMA)
80 – Rikus Oosthuizen (AMA), David Rebelo (AMA)
81 – Cole Dodgen (AMA), Evance Vukeya (AMA), Karl Lehmacher (AMA), Niel Meyer, Matthew Vogel
82 – Michael Faasen (AMA), Matthew Kent
83 – Mitchell Lightfoot (AMA), Otto van Greunen, David Lamprecht
84 – Ibraheem Badat (AMA), Sean Graham (AMA), Devan Payne (AMA), Luca Kotton (AMA), Owen Grobler, Michael Armstrong (AMA)
85 – Michael Petersen (AMA), Maxime Deffontaine (AMA) (BEL), Duan Nagel (AMA), Glenn Hurter, Wian Verster
86 – Benjamin Cobbett (AMA)
87 – Xander Prinsloo (AMA), Gary Jutzen (AMA)
88 – Cameron Gunning, Christopher Hardy (AMA) (MUS), Matthew Adams (AMA)
89 – Graeme Limper (AMA), Matthew Hands (AMA), Jabu Radebe
90 – Adam Baker (AMA), Clayton Ackermann (AMA)
94 – Gustav Erasmus, JP Basson (AMA)