21st August 2018 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Moralee and Brown in the hunt at Wingate

Moralee and Brown in the hunt at Wingate
(PHOTOS – Cameron Moralee; credit CJ du Plooy)

PRETORIA, 21 August 2018 – Former IGT Challenge Tour winners Cameron Moralee and Luke Brown moved within striking distance of a maiden Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour victory on day two at Wingate Park Country Club on Tuesday.
Local favourite Francois Coetzee opened with a five-under-par 67 to join North West rookie Leon Vorster in pole position and held on to the 36-hole lead in the eighth event with a second round 69.
He tops the leaderboard on eight-under, with rookies Moralee and Brown breathing down his neck.
Moralee bolted up the leaderboard with a blistering 67 to finish within a shot of Coetzee, while Brown returned a 69 to finish a further stroke adrift.
Joint overnight leader Vorster is still in touch at five-under with a 72 and will start the final round tied for fourth with Hendrikus Stoop and Peetie van der Merwe, who returned rounds of 71 and 67.
Moralee and Brown were both still amateurs when they broke through on the IGT Challenge Tour during last year’s Race to Q-School Series. Moralee from Dainfern went wire-to-wire at Ruimsig and Country Club Johannesburg’s Brown also led from start to finish at Germiston Golf Club.
Moralee has been trending towards a second title on the country’s two golf development circuits since he joined the pro ranks in April.
He tied for second in his first Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour at Silver Lakes in April and enjoyed pay days in his two subsequent starts, while notching top 10 finishes in three of his four starts on the IGT Challenge Tour.
Moralee came off the bench last week, having spent six weeks on the bench with a shoulder injury from middle June till the end of July.
“I pinched a ligament in my shoulder and I couldn’t swing a club,” said the 19-year-old former SA Open Freddie Tait Trophy winner. “You can’t afford to take time off with everyone gunning for the top 10 in the rankings. We’re all competing for the 10 cards to the Sunshine Tour.
“Last week at Irene I tied for 22nd, my worst result of the season, but at least I got the rust off. I didn’t putt well in the first round but today the flat stick was nice and hot. I made five birdies going out nine and two more coming home.
“I struck the ball really well and I stuck it close all day. My birdies were all between two and 10 feet. It felt good to hole some putts again. I’ve played myself into a good position and hopefully I can finish off with a good result and get myself back in the running.”
Brown made his second cut on the Big Easy circuit a fortnight ago and is riding a wave of confidence.
The 19-year-old Sandton golfer had top 10s at The Els Club Copperleaf and Reading Country Club on the IGT Challenge Tour and carried that self-assurance to Randpark, where he finished 23rd overall. “It’s so great to hit some form again,” said Brown. “This is a game of ups and downs and you just have to grind your way through the tough times and believe the hard work will pay off. Like it has this week. Two rounds of 69 and I’m in with a shout.”

Second Round Scores
All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as AMA
136 – Francois Coetzee 67 69
137 – Cameron Moralee 70 67
138 – Luke Brown 69 69
139 – Leon Vorster 67 72, Peetie van der Merwe 72 67, Hendrikus Stoop 68 71
140 – Gary Daoust (BEL) 71 69, Andrew Carlsson 69 71, Matt Bright 71 69
141 – Richard Joubert 72 69, CJ Levey 70 71, Dylan Kok 72 69
142 – Andrew Burmester 69 73
143 – Gerhard Pepler AMA 70 73, Irvin Mazibuko 73 70, Stefan Wears-Taylor 69 74
144 – Zabastian de Jager 72 72, Michael Pfeifer 72 72, Dylan Mostert 72 72, Arthur Horne (SWZ) 70 74, Maritz Wessels 76 68, Neil Cheetham (ENG) 70 74, Ruan Korb 68 76, Arno Pretorius 75 69, Daniel Hammond 72 72
145 – Conway Kunneke 75 70, Kyle Barker 75 70, Michael-James Steyn 72 73, Tumelo Molloyi 74 71
146 – Romano Saincic 70 76, Quintin Crause 75 71, Divan Marais 71 75, Matthew Rushton 71 75, Leon Visser 76 70, Jason Roets 76 70, Jason Rossiter 71 75, Marco de Beer 73 73, Albert Venter 74 72
Missed the cut:-
147 – Gerard du Plooy 76 71, Stephan Erasmus 72 75, Ruhan van Dijk 76 71, Jonathan Waschefort 74 73, David Rebelo 72 75, John McClean (NIR) 73 74, DK Kim (KOR) 74 73
148 – Shaun van Tonder 71 77, Stephan du Toit 72 76, Tokkie van den Berg 76 72, Matthew Spacey 74 74, Ruan Groenewald 79 69, Hayden Griffiths 76 72
149 – Jason Diab 75 74, Michael Kok 76 73, Keaton Slatter 73 76, Nico du Buisson 75 74, Dwayne Basson 75 74
150 – Paul Boshoff 72 78, Nicholas Souranis AMA 77 73, Bryce Myburgh 78 72, Eric Nel 76 74, Thabiso Ngcobo 74 76
151 – Steven le Roux AMA 78 73, Juran Dreyer 79 72, Tyran van Lieshout 73 78
152 – Liam Clinton AMA 77 75, Dean du Plessis AMA 78 74, Alpheus Kelapile 76 76, Neal Herman 74 78, Quintin Wilsnach 76 76, Antonio Costa (CHL) 78 74, Marcus Smal AMA 77 75, JP Cooper AMA 75 77
153 – Brett Liddle 70 83, Albert Visser 76 77, Richard Maree 75 78, Jeff Inglis (ENG) 76 77, Andi Dill 76 77
154 – Bradley Diggeden AMA 79 75, Johan van der Wath 80 74, Hanko Bothma 76 78, Matthew Rossouw AMA 76 78, Keanu Pestana AMA 80 74
155 – Andrew Plint AMA 73 82, Tyron Taylor AMA 77 78, Ricki Dembo 74 81
156 – Cameron Gurr AMA 82 74, Hanish Nagrani (ZIM) 80 76, Adriel Poonan 77 79
157 – Jack Duthie 78 79, Shalan Govender 76 81, Neo Mokgatle AMA 79 78
159 – Patric Dowling AMA 76 83, Paulo Serrao (POR) 81 78, Warric Dyers 82 77
160 – Michael Dreyer 79 81, Angus Ellis-Cole AMA 85 75, Christiaan Pretorius 82 78
161 – Phumlani Maluka 77 84, Nqobani Ndabambi (ZIM) 83 78, Tiaan Klopper 81 80
163 – Christiaan Greyling 82 81
164 – Neville Mitchell AMA 79 85, Dylan Morton AMA 78 86, SP Mthethwa 79 85
165 – Michael van Rooyen 85 80
168 – Divan de Villiers 87 81
189 – Gustav Erasmus 94 95
WDN – Jay Fourie 83 WDN, Duan Nagel AMA 84 WDN

Ends

Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of the IGT Challenge Tour.

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