24th March 2015 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Flawless Rambo races into Wingate lead

(Photo – Christiaan Bezuidenhout; credit CJ du Plooy)

TSHWANE, 23 March 2015 – Christiaan Bezuidenhout plundered Wingate Park Country Club with an eagle and five birdies to push clear of the field in round two of thWingate23-25MarDay1 (104)e IGT Tour’s Centurion Academy Classic on Tuesday.

Buoyed by a tie for fifth in his pro debut at the GFG Academy Classic at Irene Country Club last week, the Delmas golfer eagled the par-five second, notched birdies at the sixth and eighth and turned in four under.

He reeled gains at the 11th, 15th and 18th to race home with a blemish-free seven-under-par 67 and moved to eight under par, two strokes clear of Sunshine Tour players Russel Franz and Drikus van der Walt.

Franz shared the overnight lead and kept in touch with a 69, while Van der Walt stormed into a share of second with a spectacular 63.

The KwaZulu-Natal golfer enjoyed a quintet of birdies on the front nine, and a lone bogey at the par-three 14th barely interrupted another feast of five birdies as he posted the low round of the day.

Reigning Battle of the Giants champion Jacques Kruyswijk moved to five under with a 68.

Bezuidenhout, who missed only two greens, underlined his intention to add a maiden pro title to his haul of amateur trophies with his flawless display.

“I surprised myself at how well I’ve played, but maybe my expectations were a little low after the windy round we had on Monday,” he said.

“It blew really hard for 18 holes yesterday, but we were only plagued by the wind on our front nine today. The rest of the round was nice and sunny and you could afford to get a little more aggressive.”

The leader missed only two greens all day, which is key to scoring at the Wingate Park layout.

The 19-year-old Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation player made a good par at the first and a solid drive down the second fairway set up an eagle three at the first par five.

“I hit an eight-iron to 15-feet pin high right and boxed the putt for eagle,” he said.

“It was a really nice way to get some momentum early on. At the 10th, I made a good up-and-down to save par after my tee shot ended up against a tree, but otherwise there wasn’t anything too spectacular about the round.

“I did miss a short two-footer for birdie at the 14th, but all the other birdie putts were bog-standard.”

Bezuidenhout said that once he steps on the first tee, the world fades to black, but he believes the large presence of Sunshine Tour professionals in the event is a good test for the amateurs competing in the Centurion Academy Classic.

“I don’t care who is in the field, because we all have to get the ball in the hole,” he said. “It’s just me and course and I try not to get distracted by leaderboards and playing partners.

“Most of the time I don’t even know that I’m leading and I usually find out when I go sign my card. But it’s great for the amateurs to have some tough competition out there. That’s how I tested myself as an amateur, because you focus better and you work harder. You want to compete the next day.”

SECOND ROUND SCORES

136 – Christiaan Bezuidenhout 71 65

138 – Russel Franz 69 69, Drikus van der Walt 75 63

139 – Jacques Kruyswijk 71 68

140 – Drikus Bruyns 71 69, Conway Kunneke 69 71

141 – Ryan Cairns (ZIM) 69 72, Ockert Strydom 72 69

142 – Carrie Park AMA 70 72, Lean Boezaart 70 72, Werner Van Niekerk 70 72, Wayne du Toit 72 70

143 – Louis Calitz 69 74, Toto Thimba Jnr 72 71, Tyron Mc Comb 71 72

144 – Herman Minnie 71 73, Peetie Van Der Merwe AMA 75 69, David Ashley AMA 73 71, Allan Versfeld 76 68, Shaun Smith 71 73, Desvonde Botes 71 73, Derik Ferreira 74 70, Tyrone Ryan 72 72, Stuart Smith (BOT) 73 71, Mark Williams 71 73

145 – NJ Arnoldi AMA 73 72, Calvin Caldeira 75 70, Francois Coetzee 74 71, Simon Kruger AMA 73 72, Alwyn Vorster 72 73

146 – Rosswell Sinclair AMA 74 72, Ruan Huysamen (NAM) 71 75, Zander Lombard 75 71, Thriston Lawrence 74 72, Neil Cheetham (ENG) 78 68

147 – Michael Armstrong AMA 73 74, Gideon Pienaar 73 74, Roberto Lupini 75 72, Bryn Flanagan 75 72, Danie Pretorius 73 74, Wim Grobler 76 71, Ruan Korb AMA 73 74

148 – Ted Hendriks 71 77, Niel Meyer 76 72, Christiaan Pretorius 73 75, Stephan Erasmus AMA 75 73, Dongkwan Kim (KOR) 73 75, Wynand Dingle 76 72, Grant Doverspike (USA) 74 74, Eric Nel AMA 75 73

149 – Phillip Kruse AMA 75 74, Glen de Waal (NAM) 77 72, Dylan O’Leary 74 75, Hilton Hughes AMA 81 68

150 – Rikus Oosthuizen AMA 75 75, Chris Haefele 78 72, Breyten Meyer 74 76, Otto van Greunen 75 75, Khaya Jika 77 73, Joubert Van Eeden AMA 74 76, Ryan Tipping 75 75

 

Missed the cut:-

151 – Maritz Wessels 75 76, Tung- nan Lin AMA (TWN) 78 73, Michael Jooste AMA 78 73, Greg Bentley (ZIM) 75 76

152 – Matthew Adams AMA 76 76, Beyers Smith 77 75, Duan Nagel AMA 74 78, Christiaan Jonck 77 75

153 – Dwayne Coetzee 75 78, Patrick Newcomb (USA) 78 75, Edoardo Torrieri (ITA) 79 74, Michael Kok AMA 73 80, Shaun van Tonder 80 73

154 – Devan Payne AMA 82 72, Tjaart Van Wyk AMA 80 74, Jason Ackerman AMA 76 78

155 – Murray Smit 78 77, Reynhard Reynecke AMA 77 78, Arthur Horne (SWA) 80 75, Dylan Docherty AMA 78 77

156 – David Lamprecht 75 81, Marc Van Deventer AMA 77 79

157 – Justin Levy (NLD) 79 78, Zander Potgieter AMA 77 80, CJ Levey AMA 81 76, Jacques De Villiers AMA 79 78, Wayne Stroebel 81 76

158 – Dougie Meijer 77 81, Paul Cuningham 78 80, Marc De Jager AMA 79 79

159 – PG Van der Linde 78 81, Lourens Du Plessis 85 74, Juan De Bruin AMA 83 76

160 – Tommie Brits AMA 83 77, Jacques de Villiers 83 77

161 – Ruan Potgieter AMA 79 82, Keanan Aysen AMA 82 79

162 – Leon Vorster AMA 77 85, Corne Bloem 85 77, Rhoan Gardiner 84 78

166 – Werner Lourens AMA 81 85

167 – Johan Buys AMA 81 86, Shane Scheepers 84 83, Christopher De Beer AMA 83 84

168 – Drickus Coetzer AMA 84 84, David Marks AMA 86 82, Cameron Gunning 80 88

169 – Marais Visagie 82 87

170 – Daniel Steenkamp AMA 85 85

173 – Victor Kau 84 89

174 – Tristan Webel AMA 92 82

185 – John Henry Bartlett AMA 87 98

DSQ – Melchior Raath AMA 85 DSQ

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