8th September 2015 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Minnie motors at ERPM Challenge

ERPM7-9SepDay1 (50)(PHOTO – Herman Minnie; credit CJ du Plooy)

BOKSBURG, 8 September 2015 – Brett Liddle maintained his overnight lead in the IGT Pro Tour’s ERPM Challenge, but the club favourite will be under pressure from Herman Minnie in Wednesday’s final round at ERPM Golf Club.

Minnie fired a five under 67 to vault into contention, while Liddle followed an opening 68 with a two under 70 to carve out a narrow one stroke advantage at six-under-par 138.

Liddle traded three birdies against a lone drop to set the clubhouse target, but Minnie raced home with five birdies to finish within striking distance.

This is by no means Minnie’s first rodeo when it comes to contending for titles on the second tier, having already tasted victory twice in 2013 and the GFG Academy player is ideally placed to hunt down his first victory this season.

“A victory would sure be welcome after all the near misses,” said the 26-year-old Centurion golfer.

“I’ve had a clutch of top 10 finishes and I came close at Eagle Canyon last week.

“I’ve been in contention a few times now and learned how to handle pressure and I’m excited to put it all into play.

“Brett is a very experienced player, so I know it will be very tough to beat him, but I’m going to give it my best effort and hopefully it’s good enough.”

Minnie got off to a fast start with an eagle at the par-five fourth, but wasted the advantage with bogeys at seven and nine.

“I three-putted at seven and missed a three-footer for par at nine to turn level,” Minnie said.

“So I set myself a goal to shoot three under on the back and wrote off the first nine holes. The wind really pumped, so I took advantage at the downwind holes. I birdied 10, 11 and 13 to get to my number, birdied 16 and knocked in a 30-footer for birdie 18.

“It was nice to set a goal and achieve it, especially in that two-club wind. I had a little luck at 16, where I snap-hooked my drive but ended with a perfect line to the green.

“But that’s golf…a lot of skill and a little luck goes a long way.”

Liddle is a seven-time winner on the Sunshine Tour and has the benefit of 25 years in the pro ranks and he is looking to give the home support a victory on Wednesday.

“I played solidly and I got a couple of balls in the hole for birdies,” Liddle said. “I definitely left a few out there, but I haven’t played competitive golf for two months, so that’s par for the course.

“I’ll give Herman a good run for his money, because a win would go a long way to give me a little confidence in the Vodacom Origins at Vaal de Grace on Thursday.”

Harrismith amateur Louis Taylor, who claimed a two stroke victory in the BDGA Academy Classic last week, finished four off the pace after successive rounds of 71, while GFG Academy’s Hilton Hughes carded a 70 to finish a further stroke adrift.

SECOND ROUND SCORES

(All players RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as AMA)

138 – Brett Liddle 68 70

139 – Herman Minnie 72 67

142 – Louis Taylor (AMA) 71 71

143 – Hilton Hughes (AMA) 73 70

144 – Bryce McCabe 74 70, Michael van Hoeck (AMA) BEL 72 72, Carrie Park (AMA) 71 73

145 – Chris van Tonder (AMA) 73 72, David Lamprecht 73 72, Andi Dill (AMA) 77 68, Jacques Ungerer 74 71, Simon Kruger 75 70

147 – Christiaan Pretorius 74 73, Siphiwe Siphayi 71 76

148 – Cole Dodgen (AMA) 72 76, Sean Olfsen (AMA) 74 74

149 – Gareth Akers (AMA) 76 73, CJ Levey (AMA) 77 72

150 – Divan Marais (AMA) 76 74, Danie Pretorius 73 77, Matt Bright (AMA) 75 75

151 – Louwtjie J van Vuuren (AMA) 77 74, Jacques de Villiers (AMA) 77 74, Duan Nagel (AMA) 78 73, Michael Kok (AMA) 80 71

152 – Derryn Mitri (AMA) 77 75, Morne Wolmarans (AMA) 75 77, Joubert van Eeden (AMA) 77 75

153 – Dylan Lavagna-Slater (AMA) 73 80

154 – Angelo Marques (AMA) 77 77

155 – Jason Ackerman (AMA) 82 73, Dwayne Coetzee 74 81, Zander Potgieter (AMA) 77 78

156 – Michael Schutz (AMA) 86 70

157 – JP Schmidt (AMA) 82 75, Jonty B Shelton (AMA) 80 77

158 – Rikus Oosthuizen (AMA) 78 80, Keanan Aysen (AMA) 81 77

159 – Chase Paton (AMA) 82 77

160 – Tung-nan Lin (AMA) TWN 79 81, Ryan Wingrove (AMA) 79 81

Missed the cut:-

161 – Matthew Vogel 81 80, Dylan Docherty (AMA) 80 81

162 – Phillip Montgomery 82 80, Werner Lourens (AMA) 80 82, Heinrich Venter (AMA) 83 79

164 – Shannon Naidoo (AMA) 82 82, Liedeke de Klerk 81 83

166 – Loic Csizmadia MUS 82 84

168 – Brandon Lydon (AMA) 82 86

169 – Richard Tsai (AMA) 83 86, Blain Sansom (AMA) 87 82

170 – Melchizedek van Vreden (AMA) 87 83, Vincent Mienie (AMA) 82 88

176 – Jabu Radebe 86 90

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