13th November 2017 | Big Easy IGT Golf
Moore makes his move at Wingate Park
(PHOTO: Teagan Moore; credit CJ du Plooy)
TSHWANE, 13 November 2017 – Pretoria golfer Teagan Moore set the clubhouse target with a sparkling 65 before the first round of the sixth Race to Q-School at Wingate Park Country Club was suspended due to lightning on Monday.
The Tuks Golf Academies player reeled off nine birdies to get to seven under to open up a one shot lead over Juran Dreyer.
The Free State amateur cancelled a bogey start with a birdie at the second, racked up three birdies before the turn and notched three more gains on the back nine for his 66.
Basil Wright and Ruan Korb are a further shot back after rounds of 67, while Luke Trocado birdied the 18th for a 68 to finish one stroke ahead of four players tied for sixth on three under.
Moore made a strong start with a trio of birdies.
“I hit a good drive down the first and finished just short of the green,” he said. “I chipped it 15 feet short of the flag and holed the putt. At the second, my driver finished a little right, but I landed a six-iron 10 feet short of the pin. The eagle putt lipped out, though.
“I pulled my tee shot left into the trees at the third, hit a 70 metre pitch to three feet and boxed the birdie putt. Same thing happened at four, but this time I didn’t get out of the trees on the first try. I got out of trouble with the third shot and left it short of the green. I chipped it to three feet, but the putt stayed out.”
Moore cancelled the double bogey with birdies at six and nine and began his back nine in style with back-to-back birdies at 11 and 12.
“I hit it to a foot at 11 and holed a five-footer at 12,” he said. “I chipped and putted for both birdies at 15 and 18 to propel myself to the top of the leaderboard.
“All-in-all, it was a steady round. I battled with the driver, but I scrambled well. I only hit seven fairways in regulation, but I had just 27 putts. My short game and the putter saved me. There were a couple of putts that didn’t drop, so it could have been better, but I’m happy to start the tournament with a 65.”
The 24-year-old said that campaigning on different competitive platforms this season has given his game more depth and dimension.
“I played the full Big Easy Tour, the IGT Challenge Tour and three events on the Mena Tour abroad, and I had four starts on the Sunshine Tour this season,” said Moore. “I definitely gained in experience, testing myself on different platforms. My course management has definitely improved.
“I just take things one shot at a time and my short game is much stronger. I heading to the Sunshine Tour Qualifying School next March, so between now and then, I just want to build as much experience as possible.”