26th November 2015 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Kruyswijk, Ashley forge clear in Race to Q-School

Irene25-27NovDay1 (28)(PHOTO – David Ashley; credit CJ du Plooy)

TSHWANE, 26 November 2015 – Tshwane pro Jacques Kruyswijk and English amateur David Ashley teed up in the eighth Race to Q-School event at Irene Country Club for very different reasons, but the two IGT Tour winners were quite happy to share pole position at the 36-hole stage of the penultimate event, presented by GFG Academy, on Thursday.

For both players, this week’s performance is all about building confidence and a one stroke lead has delivered in spades.

Kruyswijk, who will be targeting a successful debut in the Australian PGA Championship next week, blistered the course in 64 strokes to set the early mark at seven-under-par 129.

Ashley, looking to convert a profitable IGT Tour season into a Sunshine Tour card at the upcoming Qualifying School in December, claimed a share of pole position in the windy afternoon conditions with an equally impressive 67.

First round pacesetter Breyten Meyer slipped to third with a 71 alongside Pieter Kruger and reigning Nomads SA Boys U-19 Match Play champion Ross Sinclair, who carded respective rounds of 69 and 67.

Earlier this season, Kruyswijk reeled in two victories to take his IGT Tour tally to seven.

He carried that form to a tie for second in the Vodacom Origins at Vaal de Grace and collected two more top 20 finishes on the Origins Series to break into the top 60 on the Sunshine Tour’s Order of Merit.

However, after missing the cut at last week’s Lion of Africa Cape Town Open and failing to qualify for the Dunhill Championship on Tuesday, the 22-year-old Centurion golfer was in desperate need of a boost.

“I really wanted to get into Leopard Creek to build up some confidence for Australia, but I didn’t perform,” Kruyswijk said.

“I didn’t want to arrive at the RAVC Royal Pines in that state of mind, so I entered for the Race to Q-School straightaway. It always gets me into a positive frame of mind.”

Kruyswijk opened with back-to-back birdies and a chip-in for birdie at the third set the tone for his round.

“I picked up six more birdies, because I set myself up really well off the tee and my irons were spot-on,” he said. “I didn’t have a putt longer than six feet; even the three-putt bogey at 13 was close.

“As a past winner and a graduate of the Tour, I know I should be beating the youngsters and the amateurs. It fires me up to focus better and to raise my game. I shot 73 in the first round because I was still miffed about missing the qualifier. Today I came out positive and ready to fire.”

Ashley, meanwhile, mixed seven birdies with two bogeys.

The 22-year-old Centurion Country Club golfer broke through for his maiden IGT Tour win at the Summer Swing at ERPM Golf Club in February and rose to 28th in the IGT Tour Money Leaders list with a succession of top 20 finishes.

If he can close out a solid performance this week and keep the standard there in the final Race to Q-School, Ashley could very well follow fellow GFG Academy players Hennie du Plessis and Russel Franz to the Sunshine Tour next year.

SECOND ROUND SCORES

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

137 – Jacques Kruyswijk 73 64, David Ashley ENG 70 67

138 – Breyten Meyer 67 71, Pieter Kruger 69 69, Rosswell Sinclair (ama) 71 67

139 – Russel Franz 70 69, Peter Wilson ENG 72 67

140 – Jaco Prinsloo 70 70, Duane Keun 74 66

141 – Hennie Du Plessis 68 73, Siphiwe Siphayi 71 70, Terence Boardman 70 71

142 – Christiaan Pretorius 73 69, Christof Appel 73 69, Eddie Taylor 72 70, Bryandrew Roelofsz 72 70

143 – Rae Mackie 75 68

144 – Jacques De Villiers 75 69, Matt Bright 72 72, JP Schmidt (ama) 71 73, Shaun Carter (ama) IRE 71 73, Brendan Britten NAM 76 68, Dean O’Riley 74 70, CJ Levey (ama) 73 71, Dylan O’Leary 72 72, Beyers Smith 70 74

145 – Tjaart Van Wyk (ama) 72 73, Shaun van Tonder 73 72, Jaco Mouton 74 71, Jason Froneman 71 74, Bryn Flanagan 72 73, Desne van den Bergh 73 72, Jason Diab 74 71

146 – Stefan Engell Andersen KEN 71 75, Dylan Docherty 72 74, Werner van Wyk (ama) 75 71, Johnathan Agren SWE 74 72, TJ Bekker 73 73, Michael Kok (ama) 70 76, Ruan Korb (ama) 78 68

147 – Wayne du Toit 74 73, Justin Levy NLD 75 72, Conway Kunneke 76 71, Chris Van Tonder (ama) 72 75, Gideon Pienaar 71 76, Ruan Conradie (ama) 76 71, Jonathan Waschefort 71 76

148 – Tyron Mc Comb 77 71, Joubert Van Eeden 77 71, Clinton Cheia 74 74, Lean Boezaart 74 74, Stephan Erasmus (ama) 73 75, Louis Taylor (ama) 74 74, Ruan Huysamen NAM 72 76, Glen de Waal NAM 73 75, Simon Kruger 76 72

149 – Philip Geerts (ama) ITA 73 76, Armandt Scholtz (ama) 80 69, Andrew Carlsson (ama) 78 71, Dwayne Coetzee 75 74, Divan Marais (ama) 75 74

Missed the cut:-

150 – Matthew Kent 81 69, Albert Visser (ama) 74 76, Stef Visage 77 73, Angus Ellis-Cole (ama) 78 72, Roux Jeffery NAM 74 76, JC Van Dommelen 75 75, Gavin Miles 74 76

151 – Wicus Bezuidenhout (ama) 81 70, Matthew Vogel 78 73, Arno Pretorius (ama) 75 76, Herman Minnie 75 76

152 – Matthew Adams (ama) 77 75, Gareth Akers 78 74, Jeff Hopkins (ama) IRE 75 77

153 – Stephane Van Neer (ama) COD 78 75, Norman Beggs 80 73

154 – Godfrey Mphaga 81 73, Reynhard Reynecke (ama) 78 76, Quintin Crause (ama) 74 80

155 – Michael Armstrong (ama) 76 79, Tommie Brits (ama) 74 81, Zabastian de Jager (ama) 77 78, Hilton Hughes (ama) 80 75, David Lamprecht 78 77, Warrick Moonieyan 75 80

156 – Peetie Van Der Merwe (ama) 78 78, Michael Van Hoeck (ama) BEL 78 78, Gerard Du Plooy 77 79

157 – Khaya Jika 75 82, Duan Nagel (ama) 78 79, Igor Milicic (SRB) 80 77

158 – Shaun Bernstein (ama) 77 81, Phillip Montgomery 79 79

159 – Wayne Stroebel 77 82, Amerigo Renieri (ama) 76 83

160 – Theodor Oosthuizen (ama) 82 78, Morne Wolmarans 81 79, Keanan Aysen (ama) 77 83, Jason Ackerman (ama) 77 83, Dylan de Beer 80 80, Shingi Shumba ZIM 80 80

161 – Gareth Atkinson (ama) 78 83

163 – Pedro August 77 86

164 – Jaco Kok (ama) 86 78

166 – Jonty B Shelton (ama) 86 80

167 – Tumie Motale 92 75

173 – Dean Schonegevel (ama) 86 87

WDN – Lourens Du Plessis 82 WDN, Shane Heckler (ama) 81 WDN, Ryan Wingrove (ama) 78 WDN

RTD – Andi Dill (ama) 76 RTD

 

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