18th October 2016 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Mac makes his move at Q-School #3

StateMinesDay2 (29)(PHOTO – David McIntyre; credit CJ du Plooy)

Lali Stander

BRAKPAN, 18 October 2016 – Eagle Canyon’s David McIntyre produced a scorching seven-under-par 65 to burst clear of the field in the second round of the Race to Q-School #3 at State Mines Country Club on Tuesday.

The joint overnight leader moved to 12-under-par 132 with a two shot lead, but he could have a fight on his hands as he tries to hunt down a second victory country’s premier golf development circuit.

A total of 23 players finished in red numbers at the third event in the IGT Tour’s Race to Q-School series, including former Nomads SA Boys U-19 Stroke Play champion Paul Boshoff and Race to Q-School #2 winner Damian Naicker.

Boshoff and Naicker both fired seven birdies in a flawless display to share the low round honours with McIntyre and a repeat performance will put some serious pressure on the leader.

“I definitely expect to feel pressure in the final round, but it doesn’t scare me,” said the 20-year-old BDGA Academy player.

“When I won my first IGT Tour event last year, Christiaan Bezuidenhout was chasing me hard in that final round. I kept a cool head and got the job done and it’s great to have that kind of experience to draw on. You’ve got to shut out the other competitors and play shot-for-shot, hole-by-hole.”

McIntyre turned three under after birdies at three, seven and eight and dipped eight shots below par with an eagle at 10, followed by a string of three birdies.

His flawless run ended abruptly with a bogey at 14. He followed a birdie at 15 with another drop at 16, but protected the lead with pars at the closing holes.

“The front nine was a little slow, but steady and I holed some good putts to get under par,” he said. “I hit it close on the back nine to inside three feet at the first couple of holes and the birdies came really quickly.

“I went low in the last two rounds at the Race to Q-School #2 last week, shot 63 and 65 at Waterkloof to finish second, so I did expect to be challenging again this week. If I learned anything from the mistakes today, it is not to get ahead of myself.

“I started thinking that this was going to be a really, really low one, but then I made a few silly mistakes coming home with soft drops at 14 and 16. I managed to keep it together, though. The aim on the Race to Q-School series is to put myself in contention and test myself under pressure. It’s the only way to learn to compete and win. I’ve done that in the last two weeks. Now I just need to push to through to the finish line.”

Boshoff from the BDGA Academy moved to 10 under, while Naicker from the GFG Academy rocketed to joint seventh on four under. Seasoned John McClean, Bryce Myburgh and joint first round leader Nico du Buisson tied for third to stay in touch at six under with respective rounds of 66, 69 and 71.

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