13th February 2019 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Kaminski keeps Mansfield in his sights at Houghton IGT

Kaminski keeps Mansfield in his sights at Houghton IGT

JOHANNESBURG, 13 February 2019 – Parkview rookie Rupert Kaminski ensured it will be a two-horse race in the IGT Challenge Tour Race to Q-School #5 with a second round level par 72 that kept Clayton Mansfield within striking distance a rain-soaked Houghton Golf Club on Wednesday.
The KwaZulu-Natal amateur increased his overnight lead of two strokes by a single shot with a one-under 71 and moved to eight under par, but with 18 holes remaining, Kaminski on five-under fancies his chances at overhauling Mansfield at the top of the leaderboard.
Three players are a further two shots behind on three-under, with Kyle Barker – IGT and Big Easy Challenge Tour winner – Luke Brown and Hayden Griffiths all hoping for something special if they are to pull off a remarkable come-from-behind victory in Thursday’s final round.
Teeing off on 10, Kaminski took a while to get going.
He bogeyed his second hole but cancelled that blimp on his card out with a birdie at the par five 15th. A double-bogey at 18 slowed his progress further, but a solid bogey-free closing nine with birdies at three and eight helped him to a respectable round in difficult scoring conditions.
“It was a bit of a slow start, the rain was a bit frustrating as it was a bit stop-start,” said Kaminski.
“On 18, I was just short of the green in two, had a pretty straightforward chip and just completely misjudged it as I had a bit of a loss in concentration. The back nine was pretty solid as I didn’t make any mistakes. I made two good birdies and that was it.”
A win at Houghton would mean everything for Kaminski.
“I’ll take lots of confidence into the final round as I’m hitting the ball really well. I’ve been happy with how I’ve handled myself mentally on the golf course this week. That’s been my weakest link because I’ve been playing decent golf for a while, and I’ve done a lot of mental work to get where I am now.
“A win would mean a lot to me. I’ve had a few disappointments recently in the last few months, missing out at the European Q-school and then the American Q-school last week. I’m going back to the States in a few weeks to pursue my career there. A win this week would be huge for my confidence going forward.”
In fact, Kaminski will have nothing to lose in the final round with his trip to the USA looming.
“I’ll be playing the APT Tour, it’s a mini tour in the States. I’ll be going around there and playing as many events as possible and preparing for the web.com Q-school at the end of the year in September and October.”
Already a winner on the amateur circuit, Mansfield, meanwhile, will be hoping to go one step further with a victory in the hallowed ranks of the professionals.
“I’m actually really looking forward to it. I’ve been playing amateur golf for quite a while, and I’ve won twice on the amateur scene,” said Mansfield.
“I know what it’s like going out there with a lead so I’m just going to use that experience to stay in the moment so I can do my best. If ‘okes’ beat me shooting 65 I have no problem with that, but I just want to make sure I give it my best shot.”

Second Round Scores
All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as AMA
136 – Clayton Mansfield AMA 65 71
139 – Rupert Kaminski 67 72
141 – Kyle Barker 69 72, Luke Brown 71 70, Hayden Griffiths 69 72
142 – Mitchell Lightfoot 70 72, Luke Mayo AMA 73 69, Eric Nel 70 72
143 – Thanda Mavundla 71 72, Darin de Smidt AMA 69 74, Nicholaus Frade AMA 71 72, Peetie van der Merwe 71 72, Albert Venter 70 73
144 – Neal Herman 67 77, Dongkwan Kim (KOR) 70 74, Werner Deyzel AMA 69 75
145 – Allan Jirek AMA (CZE) 74 71, Leon van der Walt AMA 72 73, Henning du Plooy AMA 71 74, Stephan Erasmus 71 74, Andrew Carlsson 73 72, Clinton Grobler 74 71, Michael Pfeifer 73 72, Richard Joubert 73 72, Stefan Wears-Taylor 73 72, Leon Vorster 74 71
146 – Ryan Clarke 73 73, Andrew Williamson AMA 72 74, Neal Woernhard (SUI) 78 68, Matthew Spacey 76 70
147 – Tristen Strydom 74 73, Jonathan Waschefort 71 76, Deon Bredenkamp 74 73, Louis Botha 72 75, Leon Visser 75 72
148 – Quintin Crause 75 73, Ruan Groenewald 78 70, Jack Duthie 74 74
149 – Carlo Heunis AMA 75 74, Maritz Wessels 77 72, Adam Baker 77 72, James Mack (ENG) 73 76, Arno Pretorius 75 74, Ruan Korb 74 75, Keanu Pestana AMA 71 78, Gary Daoust (BEL) 74 75, Christian Basson AMA 76 73
150 – Khaya Jika 73 77, Cody White (CAN) 77 73, Lloyd Herbst AMA 72 78
Missed the cut:-
151 – Jason Rossiter 73 78, Bradley Diggeden AMA 76 75, Alpheus Kelapile 74 77, Divan Marais 75 76, Carlo O’Reilly AMA 79 72
152 – Hanish Nagrani (ZIM) 74 78, Thabiso Ngcobo 76 76, Angus Ellis-Cole AMA 70 82, Tumelo Molloyi 77 75, Jancarel Rossouw AMA 78 74, WM Coetzee AMA 75 77, Keaton Slatter 77 75, Zabastian De Jager 79 73, Michael Dreyer 77 75
153 – Oswin Schlenkrich AMA 74 79, Gareth Sargent AMA 78 75, Dylan Mostert 77 76, Maverick Faber (FRA) 74 79
154 – Christian MacGregor AMA 80 74, Albert Visser 79 75, Marnus Barnard AMA 78 76, Elmo Barnard AMA 80 74, Jason Diab 76 78, Richard Spagnolo AMA 76 78, Hanlo Jacobs 76 78, Ivan Mare AMA 80 74, Jaco van der Merwe AMA 75 79
155 – Liam Clinton AMA 79 76, Andrew Plint AMA 76 79
156 – Liam Labuschagne AMA 81 75, Ricardo Towell 76 80, Shaun Bernstein AMA 80 76
157 – Stephane van Neer (COD) 80 77, Tristan Brice AMA 79 78, Francois Nel AMA 75 82, Michael Saunders (ENG) 73 84
158 – Riaan Swart AMA 85 73
159 – Donald Makhafola AMA 79 80, Xander Prinsloo AMA 76 83, Angelo Marques AMA 78 81, Jonathan George AMA 75 84, David Rebelo 80 79
160 – Evance Vukeya 81 79
161 – Paul Rodrigues AMA 78 83, Mike Dewsbury (ENG) 79 82, Michael van Rooyen 79 82
162 – Christopher Constantinou AMA 83 79, Lance Ellerbeck AMA 74 88, Ricardo van der Westhuizen AMA 85 77, Divan de Villiers 76 86
164 – Jeandre Badenhorst 82 82
165 – Nhlalenhle Dlamini 81 84, Vickus Fleischman AMA 78 87, Matthew Hands AMA 83 82
172 – Ruan Enslin AMA 88 84, Mohammed Darsot AMA 88 84
173 – Cameron Gunning 88 85
176 – Hanro Booysen 93 83
WDN – Songezo Sonamzi 83 WDN, Blain Sansom 78 WDN, Paulo Serrao (POR) 77 WDN
N/R – Warric Dyers 84 N/R

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