30th June 2015 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Kaminski in contention at Kyalami

Kyalami29JunDay1 (164)(PHOTO – Rupert Kaminski; credit CJ du Plooy)

JOHANNESBURG, 30 June 2015 – Killarney amateur Rupert Kaminski is relishing the opportunity to start the final round of the Gary Player School for Champions Classic at Kyalami Country Club in the company of 36-hole leader Tyron Roelofsz and three-time IGT Tour winner Michael Palmer.

The 18-year-old Kaminski holed a 10-footer for eagle at the par-five 18th to sign for a one-under-par 71 and he lags two strokes off the pace from Roelofsz, who returned a 70 to take pole at five under.

Palmer fired a four under 68 to finish at 140.

“My card was definitely way more colourful than theirs, but I won’t be thinking about that when I get on the first tee on Wednesday,” Kaminski said.

“Tyrone plays on the Sunshine Tour and Michael has been in contention in almost every event on the IGT Tour since he came back for America in December. This is an awesome opportunity for me to learn from these guys and to see how they deal with this course.”

Roelofsz from The Golfspecialist made light work of a double bogey at the third and reeled in four birdies in an otherwise flawless display at the championship venue.

Palmer squeezed an eagle three at the fourth between bogeys at one and five, and notched four further gains for his four under round.

Kaminski bogeyed the fifth, but otherwise enjoyed a perfect start to the second round with three birdies on the trot before the turn. He dropped a shot at 11, and surrendered two more strokes at 16 and 17 before holing a 10-footer at the par-five closing hole to minimize the damage.

“I hit a bad tee shot at 11 and that led to bogey,” Kaminski said.

“For some reason I started feeling uncomfortable over the ball. I hit my second at 16 pin high right and three-putted and I didn’t regroup before 17. I wasn’t focussed and hit my tee shot in the water.

“My caddie said to me that we should at least try to finish under par and that shocked me back to my senses. I hit a great three-wood down the fairway at 18 and put a three-iron from 230 meters out 10 feet from the hole and boxed the putt. That gave me a sense of accomplishment.”

Kaminski is ranked 10th in the South African Golf Association Open Amateur standings.

He claimed a runner-up finish in the SA Stroke Play Championship at Port Elizabeth Golf Club in February and notched eight top finishes on the Open Amateur circuit since. He certainly knows what it takes to perform under pressure, but finds the conditions on the IGT Tour a lot more intense.

“It’s a very different type of pressure, because there is a 36-hole cut and the pros are competing for money,” Kaminski said.

“It forces you to raise the level of your game, because you also want to be in contention.”

Gary Player School of Champions members Louis Calitz (73) and amateur Michael Schutz (70) will start the final round in a tie for fourth on two under with IGT Tour winner Lean Boezaart.

Overnight leaders Bryn Flanagan and Justin Turner from the Wanna Be A Champion Academy lag six strokes of the pace after rounds of 77.

SECOND ROUND SCORES

139 – Tyron Roelofsz 69 70

140 – Michael Palmer 72 68

141 – Rupert Kaminski (AMA) 70 71

142 – Lean Boezaart 70 72, Louis Calitz 69 73, Michael Schutz (AMA) 72 70

143 – Drikus Bruyns 72 71

144 – Phillip Kruse (AMA) 75 69

145 – Bryn Flanagan 68 77, Justin Turner 68 77, David McIntyre (AMA) 76 69, Bryandrew Roelofsz 72 73, Christiaan Bezuidenhout 72 73, Stephan Erasmus (AMA) 73 72, Ryan Ciapparelli 72 73, Carrie Park (AMA) 74 71

146 – Matt Carvell 73 73, Jason Froneman 73 73

147 – Matthew Kiewitz (AMA) 71 76, Conway Kunneke 70 77, Dylan O’Leary 74 73

148 – Ryan Cairns ZIM 74 74, Simon Kruger 75 73, Andrew Carlsson (AMA) 77 71, Norman Beggs 78 70

149 – Wayne Stroebel 77 72, Juan Langeveld 74 75, Gary Daoust (AMA) 73 76, TJ Bekker 75 74

150 – Christiaan Pretorius 78 72, Matthew Vogel 81 69, Tyrone Ryan 73 77, CJ Levey (AMA) 78 72

151 – Matt Wollman (AMA) GER 75 76, Jason Ackerman (AMA) 75 76, Bernard Hattingh (AMA) 75 76

152 – Wian Verster 85 67, Andi Dill (AMA) 74 78, Drikus Van der Walt 76 76, Armand Azar (AMA) 74 78, Rikus Oosthuizen (AMA) 80 72

153 – Johan de Beer 74 79, Michael Kok (AMA) 76 77, Rhoan Gardiner 77 76

154 – Gareth Akers (AMA) 78 76, Sheldon Steyn ZIM 74 80, Paul Cuningham 75 79, Werner Van Wyk (AMA) 74 80

155 – David Rebelo (AMA) 80 75, Ruan Huysamen NAM 73 82

156 – Joubert Van Eeden (AMA) 78 78, Daniel Slabbert (AMA) 76 80

157 – David Lamprecht 83 74, Matthew Kent 82 75, Chris Van Tonder (AMA) 79 78, Brendan Britten NAM 75 82, Michael Van Hoeck (AMA) BEL 78 79

158 – Ricky Hendler (AMA) 79 79, Danie Pretorius 74 84, Evance Vukeya (AMA) 81 77

Missed the cut:-

159 – Karl Lehmacher (AMA) 81 78, Michael Jooste (AMA) 79 80, Nicholas Botha (AMA) 79 80

160 – Michael Faasen (AMA) 82 78, Niel Meyer 81 79, Matthew Adams (AMA) 88 72, Neil Cheetham ENG 77 83, Devan Payne (AMA) 84 76, Otto van Greunen 83 77

161 – Cole Dodgen (AMA) 81 80, David Ashley (AMA) 78 83

162 – Michael Armstrong (AMA) 84 78

163 – Ibraheem Badat (AMA) 84 79, Owen Grobler 84 79, Hein Dreyer (AMA) 76 87

164 – Duan Nagel (AMA) 85 79

166 – Maxime Deffontaine (AMA) BEL 85 81

167 – Mitchell Lightfoot (AMA) 83 84

170 – Michael Petersen (AMA) 85 85

171 – Graeme Limper (AMA) 89 82, Cameron Gunning 88 83

172 – Glenn Hurter 85 87

173 – Xander Prinsloo (AMA) 87 86, Luca Kotton (AMA) 84 89

174 – Matthew Hands (AMA) 89 85

175 – Clayton Ackermann (AMA) 90 85, Gustav Erasmus 94 81, Benjamin Cobbett (AMA) 86 89

176 – Sean Graham (AMA) 84 92

177 – Christopher Hardy (AMA) (MUS) 88 89

179 – Gary Jutzen (AMA) 87 92

181 – Adam Baker (AMA) 90 91

189 – JP Basson (AMA) 94 95

DSQ – Jabu Radebe 89 DSQ

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