13th January 2015 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Heckroodt, Franz go low at Centurion

Cent12-14JanDay1 (85)(Photo – Burger Heckroodt; credit CJ du Plooy)

PRETORIA, 13 January 2015 – Free State amateur Burger Heckroodt and Pretoria rookie Russel Franz sizzled at Centurion Country Club as the birdie barrage continued in the second round of the IGT Tour’s Q-School Prep on Wednesday.

Heckroodt scorched the par-72 layout with a flawless 63 to lead a sea of sub-par scores at 14-under-par 130, while Franz race home in eight-under-par 64 to vault to joint fifth on nine under.

IGT Tour winner Lean Boezaart and amateur NJ Arnoldi, who are both heading to the Sunshine Tour’s Qualifying School next week, matched 66s from Sunshine Tour regulars Brandon Stone and Shaun Smith to join Franz at 135.

Overnight leader Herman Minnie stayed in touch with a 70 and will start the final round at his home course three shots adrift alongside Conway Kunneke, who climbed to 10 under with a 67.

Heckroodt came to Centurion hunting a solid result to take to his native Bloemfontein, where the gruelling 90-hole examination for 2015 cards kicks off on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old took full advantage of the great scoring conditions to collect five birdies from the 10th.

He picked up another birdie at the first and reeled in a hat-trick from the fifth, but failed to take advantage of the drivable par-four ninth.

“I left a three-and-a-half footer short at the 18th, and I didn’t up-and-down for birdie at the ninth, so it could have been better,” the Schoemans Park golfer said.

“But I really can’t complain. We are playing off the back tips and some of the pins were tucked in obscure places, but I managed myself really well out there. I missed two greens all day and I didn’t make any mistakes. I’m sure my coach will be very happy when he checks my scorecard.”

The former Northern Cape Open champion has represented Free State five times at the South African Inter-Provincial, but didn’t feel ready to jump to the pro ranks at end of 2013. He skipped last year’s Q-School on the advice of his coach, Corne Viljoen, and played the IGT Tour circuit instead.

“I didn’t think I was playing consistent enough to make any money on the Sunshine Tour and that’s the reason you turn pro,” he said.

“I’m more than ready this time. I reached a really high level of consistency, made cuts regularly and I put myself in contention more than a few times. I am also much calmer and patient out there.

“My parents and family have supported and financed the last 12 months, and more than anything I really want to give them a reason to celebrate by getting myself on the Sunshine Tour.”

Franz changed gears after a bogey start with five successive birdies from the third.

The GFG Academy player eagled the par-five 10th and boxed another eagle putt at the ninth after birdie at the eight and bogey at the ninth.

“I was thinking of birdieing them all because birdies feel like eagles out there after my two-day stint at Glendower,” said lanky Pretoria rookie, who won the SA Open qualifier at Kempton Park.

“We had to sit out a two-hour suspension due to lightning, but otherwise the weather was sublime. Birdies are easy pickings if you can keep it in the fairway because the greens are running beautifully and the golf course is in phenomenal shape.”

SECOND ROUND SCORES

130 – Burger Heckroodt (AMA) 67 63

133 – Ockert Strydom 64 69

134 – Herman Minnie 64 70, Conway Kunneke 67 67

135 – Shaun Smith 69 66, NJ Arnoldi (AMA) 69 66, Russel Franz 71 64, Lean Boezaart 69 66, Brandon Stone 69 66

136 – DK Kim KOR 67 69, Stephan Erasmus (AMA) 68 68

137 – Coert Groenewald 69 68, Terence Boardman 70 67, Jaco Prinsloo 69 68, Michael Palmer 70 67, Pieter Kruger 66 71

138 – Tyron Roelofsz (AMA) 70 68, Divan Marais (AMA) 68 70, Hilton Hughes (AMA) 71 67, Toby Tree ENG 71 67

139 – Ted Hendriks 70 69, Tyrone Ryan 72 67, Werner Van Niekerk 71 68, Eddie Taylor 70 69

140 – Hendrikus Stoop (AMA) 67 73, Glen de Waal NAM 66 74, Teaghan Gauche (AMA) 71 69, Juan Swart 69 71, Ruan Huysamen NAM 74 66, Sergio Dias 66 74, Jacques Kruyswijk 70 70, Jerry Steyn 71 69

141 – Daniel Hammond 75 66

142 – Keegan De Lange (AMA) 70 72, James Du Preez (AMA) 70 72, Phillip Kruse (AMA) 71 71, Sam Botham ENG 70 72, Haydn Porteous 72 70

143 – Aron Zemmer ITA 73 70, Rae Mackie 73 70, Hennie Du Plessis 69 74, Calvin Caldeira 71 72, Brett Liddle 69 74

144 – Zak Van Zyl 73 71, Lorenzo Coppini ITA 72 72, Alessandro Grammatica ITA 77 67, Gerard Du Plooy (AMA) 74 70, Rourke Van der Spuy 72 72, Ryan Clarke 75 69, Bartjie De Klerk (AMA) 73 71, Louis Taylor (AMA) 71 73

145 – Hano van der Walt 73 72, Allan Versfeld 77 68

146 – Derik Ferreira 74 72

147 – Jaco Mouton 80 67, Sheldon Steyn ZIM 73 74, Keegan Steyn (AMA) 68 79, Alana van Greuning 72 75, Mike Downes ENG 69 78

148 – JC Van Dommelen 78 70, Bryn Flanagan 77 71, Henry Featherstone ENG 76 72, Andre De Decker (AMA) 73 75

Missed the cut:-

149 – Joubert Van Eeden (AMA) 73 76, Leon Scheepers (AMA) 77 72, James Searson 74 75, Gareth Akers (AMA) 71 78

150 – Justin Levy NED 74 76, Johan de Beer 77 73, Murray Smit 75 75, Frans Strydom 71 79, Dwayne Coetzee 74 76

151 – Jannes Sik 76 75, Shaun van Tonder 72 79

152 – Wian Verster (AMA) 76 76, Bernard Hattingh (AMA) 76 76, Struan Currie (AMA) 72 80, Dougie Meijer 75 77, James McCormick ENG (AMA) 79 73

153 – PG Van der Linde 78 75, Tom Watson (AMA) 78 75, Rhoan Gardiner 78 75

154 – Brendan Britten (AMA) 78 76

155 – Otto van Greunen 81 74

157 – Mark Fairbank (AMA) 80 77, Philip Esau (AMA) 80 77, Gary Van Der Spuy (AMA) 78 79

159 – Julian de Wet (AMA) 83 76

163 – Shaun Bernstein (AMA) 77 86

WDN – Siphiwe Siphayi (AMA) 82 WDN

DSQ – Martin Dewhurst ENG 71

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