8th April 2014 | Big Easy IGT Golf

KZN’s Van der Spuy keeps control at IGT Modderfontein

KZN’s Van der Spuy keeps control at IGT Modderfontein

KZN’s Van der Spuy keeps control at IGT Modderfontein

(PHOTO – Rourke van der Spuy; credit CJ du Plooy)

JOHANNESBURG, 8 April 2014 – KwaZulu-Natal’s Rourke van der Spuy traded seven birdies against a lone bogey for a six-under-par 66 and a one shot lead at the IGT Series Modderfontein on Tuesday.

Van der Spuy will start the final round at 10-under-par 134, but the Bluff golfer expects some pressure from the chasing pack as he hunts down his first victory on the country’s premier development Tour.

Two-time IGT Tour winner Antonio Rosado, Korea’s Huyn Park and Italian amateur, Philip Geerts will head the pursuit.

Rosado broke through for his maiden IGT Series win at Krugersdorp Golf Club at the end of February and stormed to a second victory at the IGT Series Centurion last week.

The Portuguese pro rode a wave of confidence to a blemish-free eight-under-par 64 and lurks just one shot behind Van der Spuy.

Park, a contender in the last three IGT Series events, slipped into third on eight under 136 with a second successive 68, while Geerts also carded a 68 to take fourth on 138.

Overnight leader Werner van Niekerk finished five off the pace after a second 73 and shares fifth spot on the 36-hole leaderboard with American Brandon Taylor (68) and amateur Werner van Wyk (71).

Van der Spuy got off to a blistering start with four birdies in a row and kept the round going with further gains at the 17th, first and ninth holes.

“I didn’t have a putt longer than five feet over the first four holes and that definitely made the day a lot easier,” he said.

“My ball striking has been solid and I’m really pleased about that. I had 32 putts in the first round and 29 in the second, with 17 of those coming on my back nine. I still left quite a few out there, but the putter wasn’t always cooperating.”

Van der Spuy, who graduated from the Columbus State University in Ohio last year, will be returning to the United States at the end of April. His aim over the last five IGT Series events has been to gain consistency, not victories, in preparation for the Web.com Tour.

“You often hear the leaders on the big Tours say that they didn’t even realise they were leading,” he said. “I think that’s the best policy. You should focus on your game, hole-by-hole, and avoid looking at the leaderboard and putting yourself under pressure.

“I plan to play a lot of Web.com Monday Qualifiers, so I need to be able to shoot sub-par rounds under pressure. That’s why my focus has been to get more consistent. If I happen to win along the way, that’s a great bonus.”

Van der Spuy said this week at Modderfontein is the perfect warm-up for the IGT Series Finale at Elements Private Golf Reserve next week.

“I won’t complain if I win, but then I would definitely want to do it again at the Win a Car Elements event next week. I mean, who wouldn’t want to drive home in a new car, and with some cash in your pocket?”

SECOND ROUND SCORES

134 – Rourke Van der Spuy 68 66

135 – Antonio Rosado POR 71 64

136 – Hyun Park KOR 68 68

138 – Philip Geerts ITA (AMA) 70 68

139 – Werner Van Wyk (AMA) 68 71, Brandon Taylor USA 71 68, Werner Van Niekerk 66 73

141 – Coert Groenewald 70 71, Peter Wilson ENG 72 69, Johan de Beer 72 69

142 – Tyron Mc Comb 70 72, Herman Minnie 74 68, Otto van Greunen 70 72

143 – Ryan Gosling 72 71, Keegan Steyn (AMA) 73 70

144 – Slade Fick (AMA) 71 73, Jerry Steyn 73 71, Michael Van Hoeck (AMA) 71 73, Lean Boezaart 71 73

145 – Wayne du Toit 74 71, Hano van der Walt 73 72, Russel Franz (AMA) 75 70, Christiaan Pretorius 73 72

146 – Ted Hendriks 71 75, Murray Smit 75 71, Graham van den Berg (AMA) 71 75, Pieter Van der Linde (AMA) 75 71

147 – Hanbo Lee 70 77, Rhoan Gardiner 71 76, Dylan de Beer 73 74, Pierre Viviers 71 76, Matthew Kiewitz (AMA) 77 70

148 – Dwayne Coetzee 74 74, Ryan Clarke 73 75, Ruan van Blerk NAM 75 73

149 – Tudor Bismark (AMA) 74 75

150 – Alwyn Vorster 79 71

151 – Mohit Mediratta (AMA) 78 73

152 – David Lamprecht (AMA) 78 74, Eduard Van Den Berg (AMA) 81 71, Lydon Charnely (AMA) 76 76, Lucas Steyn 80 72, Chris Ha Yeung (AMA) 78 74

Missed the cut:-

153 – Houston Harwood (AMA) 74 79, Thomas Lovett 76 77, Stephan Erasmus (AMA) 79 74

154 – Michael Petersen (AMA) 80 74

155 – Gareth Akers (AMA) 77 78

156 – Wayde Mostert 80 76, Francesca Cuturi 79 77

157 – Rob Menzies ENG 78 79

158 – Jacqui Akers (AMA) 81 77

159 – Julian de Wet (AMA) 81 78

160 – Niel Meyer (AMA) 79 81, Lloyd Herbst (AMA) 82 78

161 – Brett Cocking (AMA) 77 84

162 – Russell Jaques ENG (AMA) 86 76

164 – Michael Jooste (AMA) 81 83

167 – Ryan Kuhn (AMA) 85 82

174 – Damian Roos (AMA) 89 85

WDN – Mark Fraser WDN

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