12th May 2015 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Hughes makes a major move at ERPM

ERPM11-13MayDay1 (123)(PHOTO – Hilton Hughes; credit CJ du Plooy)

BOKSBURG, 12 May 2015 – Hilton Hughes bogeyed the final hole at ERMP Golf Club, but the rest of his brilliant back nine in the IGT Tour’s Autumn Swing was good enough to push the Polokwane amateur within striking distance of second round leader Bryandrew Roelofsz.

Roelofsz kept his second successive title bid on track with a two under 70 and leads the field at 10-under-par 134.

Fellow Limpopo amateur Hennie du Plessis started the second round three off the pace, but Hughes overtook his GFG Academy stable-mate with a red-hot 67 to finish two behind the overnight pacesetter.

Meanwhile Wanna be a Champion’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout moved into third with a 67 and will start the final trip at ERPM three off the pace.

Seasoned professional Ettienne Bond also joined the title hunt with a 68 to finish five strokes behind the 36-hole leader.

Du Plessis kept in touch with four birdies, but bogeyed three of his last five holes for a 73 and a share of for sixth on four under 140 alongside Pro Squad Classic champion CJ Levey (70).

Hughes had a go at the Sunshine Tour’s Qualifying School in January, but missed the first cut. The 24-year-old has since stepped up his schedule on the country’s premier development Tour to be better prepared for round two early next year.

“I split my time between the IGT Tour and the amateur circuit last year and I wasn’t as ready as I expected the first time around,” Hughes said.

“This year, I am playing the IGT Tour full-time to gain more consistency and experience, especially in handling the pressure when my game isn’t as sharp as it should be.

“Today my putter won the race for me, and that’s the kind of result I’m looking for. I didn’t hit the ball all that well and I had to scramble on more than one hole, but my putter was rock solid.”

Hughes turned one under after mixing two bogeys with three birdies, but his round caught fire with a string of three birdies from the par-three 12th.

He boxed a six-footer for birdie at 12, lagged a 20-footer close and made the second putt at the par-five 13th and drained a 30-footer for birdie number three at 14.

“That little run really got me going and I collected two more birdies at 16 and 17,” he said.

“Unfortunately I hit my tee shot into the trees at the 18th and my only option was to chip out. I don’t mind the bogey finish, though. You have to take your punishment for wayward shots.

“I’m still chasing a maiden IGT Tour title, so I’m really looking forward to the final round. Bryandrew is playing really well at the moment and he will hard to catch and there are some real challengers on my tail. But it’s exciting to be in the leading group. I can’t control what everyone else will do, so I’ll just give it my best shot and maybe this time, it will be good enough.”

SECOND ROUND SCORES:

134 – Bryandrew Roelofsz 64 70

136 – Hilton Hughes (AMA) 69 67

137 – Christiaan Bezuidenhout 70 67

139 – Ettiene Bond 71 68

140 – Hennie Du Plessis 67 73, CJ Levey (AMA) 70 70

141 – Herman Minnie 70 71

142 – JP Schmidt (AMA) 71 71, Toto Thimba Jnr 72 70

143 – David Lamprecht 70 73

144 – Rosswell Sinclair (AMA) 73 71, Stephan Erasmus (AMA) 75 69

145 – David Ashley (AMA) 75 70, Carrie Park (AMA) 74 71, Matthew Adams (AMA) 72 73

146 – Brett Liddle 75 71, Bartjie De Klerk (AMA) 70 76, Jacques De Villiers (AMA) 72 74

147 – Rikus Oosthuizen (AMA) 70 77, Joubert Van Eeden (AMA) 72 75

148 – Christiaan Pretorius 76 72, Norman Beggs 76 72, Matt Bright (AMA) 72 76, Simon Kruger (AMA) 75 73

149 – Ryan Wingrove (AMA) 73 76, Peetie Van Der Merwe (AMA) 77 72, Niel Meyer 74 75, Shaun van Tonder 73 76

151 – Ruan Korb (AMA) 76 75, Andi Dill (AMA) 73 78, Kyle Beattie (AMA) 74 77, Dougie Meijer 74 77, Patrick Thompson 76 75, Adriel Poonan (AMA) 78 73

152 – Justin Levy NLD 76 76, Danie Pretorius 80 72, Brendan Blake (AMA) 77 75, Werner Lourens (AMA) 76 76, Cole Dodgen (AMA) 78 74, Martial Ducler FRA 80 72, Dylan Docherty (AMA) 76 76, Rhoan Gardiner 79 73

153 – Carlos Arroyo (AMA) 77 76, Marc De Jager (AMA) 75 78, Derryn Mitri (AMA) 76 77, Tung-nan Lin (AMA) TWN 78 75

154 – Brendan Britten NAM 76 78, Chris Van Tonder (AMA) 78 76, Nicholas Botha (AMA) 79 75, Ruggero Signorini (AMA) 75 79

155 – Gerard Du Plooy 80 75, Michael Kok (AMA) 77 78

156 – Blain Sansom (AMA) 85 71

157 – Amerigo Renieri (AMA) 77 80, Angelo Marques (AMA) 78 79

Missed the cut:-

158 – Vincent Mienie (AMA) 81 77

159 – Matthew Vogel 82 77, Louwtjie J van Vuuren (AMA) 79 80, Langley Perrins 77 82, Dwayne Coetzee 82 77

160 – Keanan Aysen (AMA) 79 81, Owen Grobler 78 82, Lourens Du Plessis 79 81

161 – Wim Grobler 80 81, Liedeke De Klerk 83 78, Shingirirayi Shumba ZIM 83 78, Kyle Lee 76 85

162 – Brandon Lydon (AMA) 80 82

164 – Thabang Kutumane (AMA) 82 82

166 – Juan De Bruin (AMA) 81 85, Bernard Hattingh (AMA) 82 84, Derick Furter (AMA) 83 83

170 – Sean Graham (AMA) 87 83

176 – Melchior Raath (AMA) 90 86

180 – Ruan Botha 94 86

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