10th November 2015 | Big Easy IGT Golf

KOKstar in the mix at Wingate Park

Wingate9-11NovDay1 (165)(PHOTO – Michael Kok; credit CJ du Plooy)

TSHWANE, 10 November 2015 – South Africa’s former top motocross champion Michael ‘KOKstar’ Kok will be chasing the frontrunners in the final round of the IGT Tour’s Race to Q-School #6, presented by CA Academy, at Wingate Park Country Club on Wednesday.

Kok signed for a two under 70 in the second round to finish at five-under-par 139.

The 30-year-old Benoni amateur is two shots behind 36-hole leader Tyron Mc Comb and one stroke off the pace from Bryandrew Roelofsz, a four-time winner this season, and former IGT Tour winner Pieter Kruger.

“I guess this is what I’ve been playing for this whole season, but I still can’t actually believe I’m in the top four,” Kok declared. “It hasn’t quite sunk in.”

The former racer has been campaigning on the country’s premier development Tour since his retirement from motocross at the start of the year.

“I achieved a lot goals in motocross, but with a baby on the way, my priorities changed,” he said.

“It’s a very dangerous sport and I had more than my fair share of broken bones, so I changed gears and put my family first.

“If anyone had told me how tough it would be, I might have pursued another career. I knew I was good enough to win when I raced and I had a lot of self-belief, but golf is a very frustrating grind. You just never know what’s going to happen on the day.

“I’ve took up the game five years ago and I love it. If you really want to make a go of something, you have to start at the bottom and work hard. I joined the IGT Tour because I wanted to learn how to compete and it’s been a really wild ride.”

Kok made 14 cuts in 23 starts and he was especially excited about the run of five in August.

“I really hit my stride and got into the groove, but then our little miracle Hannah was born and I took a little time off,” he said.

“My daughter has really changed the way I look at everything. I am even more determined than ever to try and make a living on the pro circuit. I am highly competitive and very dedicated. I get up at six every morning, play 36 holes of golf if I’m not playing IGT and hit hundreds of balls. My body took a lot of beatings when I still competed, so I am still working out to what limits I can push it.

“Gary Player said the harder you work, the luckier you get. I won the club championship at Benoni Lake with rounds of 70 and 71 a few weeks ago, so maybe this week it’s my IGT Tour pay-off.”

Kok was three under after the first round, but raced to the outright lead at eight under with birdies at one, two, five, seven and 10.

“Then reality set in and the wheels came off,” he said after three bogeys on the back nine.

“It was the first time I led and the first time I got myself into contention and the nerves set it, but it’s all part of the process. Next time I’ll handle it better.

“It’s so demoralising when you have two great rounds and something in the 80s. You have to pick yourself up, get back on your feet and try again. So I’m not going to try and win the thing. My goal is to finish the tournament with three sub-pars rounds.”

Mc Comb retained pole position with a 70, while Roelofsz and Kruger returned respective rounds of 70 and 68.

Kok will play the last 18 holes in the penultimate three-ball alongside fellow amateur Ross Sinclair (68) and Bryn Flanagan (70), another former IGT Tour champion.

SECOND ROUND SCORES

All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as (ama)

137 – Tyron Mc Comb 67 70

138 – Pieter Kruger 70 68, Bryandrew Roelofsz 68 70

139 – Michael Kok (ama) 69 70, Rosswell Sinclair (ama) 71 68, Bryn Flanagan 69 70

140 – Siphiwe Siphayi 70 70, Jacques de Villiers 69 71, NJ Arnoldi 70 70

141 – Armandt Scholtz (ama) 72 69, Dean O’Riley 71 70, Terence Boardman 70 71

142 – Jonathan Waschefort 70 72, Carrie Park (ama) 72 70

143 – Ivanna Samu (ama) 69 74, Deon Bredenkamp 69 74, Bartjie de Klerk (ama) 74 69, Ryan Ciapparelli 73 70

144 – TJ Bekker 71 73, Ruan Conradie (ama) 73 71, Stef Visage 74 70, Matt Bright (ama) 69 75, Jason Diab 75 69, David Ashley ENG 72 72

145 – Christiaan Jonck 75 70, Leon Vorster (ama) 71 74, Gareth Atkinson (ama) 72 73, Duan Nagel (ama) 75 70, Hilton Hughes (ama) 70 75, Mikhail Tewary 75 70

146 – Jaco Mouton 73 73, Jason Ackerman (ama) 74 72, Brendan Britten NAM 73 73, Matthew Vogel 74 72, Divan Marais (ama) 72 74, Herman Minnie 73 73, CJ Levey (ama) 78 68

147 – Andrew Carlsson (ama) 73 74, Gerard du Plooy 72 75, Peetie van der Merwe (ama) 77 70, Danie Pretorius 77 70

148 – Lourens du Plessis 74 74, Melissa Eaton 75 73, Shaun van Tonder 77 71, Damian Naicker 75 73, Wicus Bezuidenhout (ama) 72 76

149 – Rae Mackie 76 73, Bryce McCabe 76 73, Joubert Van Eeden 75 74, Michael Armstrong (ama) 76 73, Matthew Adams (ama) 74 75, Pieter Cooper (ama) 80 69, Dwayne Coetzee 75 74, Gideon Pienaar 77 72

150 – Wayne Stroebel 75 75, Conway Kunneke 75 75

151 – Armand Azar (ama) 75 76, Morne Wolmarans 77 74, Tom Watson (ama) 75 76

Missed the cut:-

152 – Jason Rossiter (ama) 76 76, Wayne du Toit 78 74

153 – Rudolph van de Venter (ama) 78 75, Michelle Leigh 75 78, Shane Heckler (ama) 75 78, Stephan Erasmus (ama) 76 77, Clinton Cheia 78 75

154 – David Lamprecht 80 74, Ruan Potgieter (ama) 78 76, Keanan Aysen (ama) 76 78, Ryan Wingrove (ama) 79 75, Ruan Korb (ama) 76 78

155 – Jannie Botha 77 78

156 – JC Van Dommelen 83 73

157 – Philip Geerts (ama) ITA 76 81

158 – Phillip Montgomery 82 76, Tijana Kraljevic 82 76

159 – Alana van Greuning 82 77, Fouche Botha (ama) 82 77

162 – Crystal Cooper (ama) 82 80, Reynhard Reynecke (ama) 80 82, Tommie Brits (ama) 75 87

164 – Tung-nan Lin (ama) TWN 82 82

166 – Wian Verster 82 84

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