3rd December 2013 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Mordt inches ahead at IGT Race to Q-School

(Photo – Tyrone Mordt; credit CJ du Plooy)Tyrone Mordt

JOHANNESBURG, 2 December 2013 – Bedfordview’s Tyrone Mordt inched one shot clear of his namesake Tyrone Ryan at the 36-hole mark of the IGT Pro Challenge Tour’s 11th Race to Q-School at Houghton Golf Club on Tuesday.

The pair shared the first round lead after matching 66s, but Mordt took control on a tough scoring day with a three under 69 to set the target at nine-under-par 135.

Ryan also tamed the strong wind to a fashion and returned a 70 to finish one off the pace in sole second.

Meanwhile top amateur Callum Mowat looked to join the pacesetters after reeling in five birdies and an eagle over the first eight holes, but the recent IGT Tour Race to Q-School winner struggled in the gusting conditions on the back nine.

Mowat bogeyed the three closing holes for a 67 to move to third on his own at seven under 137, one shot clear of Sunshine Tour professional Mark Williams (70) and Bryandrew Roelofsz (68).

Mordt, who only had one bogey in the first round and just two in the second, said the putter is definitely giving him a reason to smile.

“This is a Jack Nicklaus layout, so the greens are king,” the 30-year-old Sunshine Tour professional said. “If you can get it close, and on the right side of the green, you always have a chance. I really enjoyed myself out there, despite the two bogeys, and I hope to go low again in the final round.”

Mordt, who ranks 59th on the Sunshine Tour’s Order of Merit, said three consecutive rounds under par would be just what the doctor ordered.

“I had a five month lay-off last year due to shoulder and wrist injuries and that dropped me out of the Sunshine Tour’s exempt category and into qualifying hell,” Mordt explained.

“No-one can prepare you for the qualifiers. It’s so tough, mentally and physically, to keep your game in top form for the qualifiers and then to still have the mental reserve to fight past the cut and make a cheque.

“I didn’t make the field for the Alfred Dunhill Championship and I’m still on the qualifying list for the Nelson Mandela Challenge, so right now I want to finish at the top of my game this week. It will give me a lot of confidence going into the last event of 2013, even if it’s the qualifier. I would really like to finish in the top 50 and that’s why I’m so glad the IGT Tour has these events all year long. It just helps you to stay focused and sharp.”

The cut was set at 10-over-par 154, which left 57 players to contest the final round, including topped ranked junior amateur Carrie Park, who carded rounds of 72-75 to tie for 26th and reigning Sanlam SA Stroke Play champion Nobuhle Dlamini, who claimed a share of 36th with rounds of 78 and 71.

SECOND ROUND SCORES

135 – Tyrone Mordt 66 69

136 – Tyrone Ryan 66 70

137 – Callum Mowat (AMA) 70 67, Bryandrew Roelofsz 68 69

138 – Mark Williams 70 68

140 – Johan de Beer 70 70, Shaun Smith 71 69, Pieter Kruger 74 66

142 – Coert Groenewald 72 70

143 – Lean Boezaart 68 75

144 – Sam Botham 69 75, Wayne Stroebel 71 73, Graeme Vrugtman (AMA) 71 73, Kerwin Marais 72 72

145 – Lukas Steyn (AMA) 73 72, Ted Hendriks 71 74, JC Ritchie 72 73, Theodor Oosthuizen (AMA) 72 73, Johan Theron 72 73, James Searson 71 74, Gideon Pienaar 71 74

146 – Danie Pretorius 75 71, Rae Mackie 75 71, Andi Dill (AMA) 74 72, Hyun Park 76 70

147 – Justin Levy 75 72, Herman Minnie 72 75, Carrie Park (AMA) 72 75, Conway Kunneke (AMA) 73 74, Ryan Clarke 72 75, Tyron Mc Comb 73 74

148 – Morne Wolmarans (AMA) 74 74, Stefan Engell Andersen 73 75, Greg Bentley 73 75, Murray Smit (AMA) 73 75

149 – Hano van der Walt 76 73, Jerry Steyn 77 72, Nobuhle Dlamini (AMA) 78 71, Stuart Smith 71 78, TJ Bekker 73 76, Justin Brink 74 75, Jacques de Villiers 75 74

150 – Deon Bredenkamp 75 75, Cilliers Naude 76 74, Niel Meyer (AMA) 76 74

151 – Nicholas Geerts (AMA) 79 72, Sarel Van der Walt 77 74, Matt Bright (AMA) 72 79, Eugene van Loggerenberg 77 74

152 – Dongkwan Kim 78 74

153 – Roberto Lupini 74 79

154 – Graham van den Berg (AMA) 76 78, Matthew Adams (AMA) 76 78, Pierre Viviers 73 81, Peter Wilson 79 75, Mark Fairbank (AMA) 80 74, Michael Armstrong (AMA) 75 79

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