21st April 2015 | Big Easy IGT Golf
No kissing cousins at IGT’s Pro Squad Classic
TSWANE, 21 April 2015 – CJ Levey is what family and friends call ‘good people.’ When David Ashley returned from England with his game in the doldrums last December, Levey encouraged his cousin to persevere instead of packing it in and convinced him to try the IGT Tour.
Levey was sure Ashley would get his passion back and he wasn’t far off the mark.
In just his second start on the country’s premier development Tour, Ashley claimed victory in the IGT Tour Summer Swing at ERMP.
The 22-year-old has challenged in nearly every event since and it was certainly no surprise to find Ashley’s name among the five players in joint second after the opening round of the Pro Squad Classic on Tuesday.
The IGT Tour winner offset a lone bogey with half-a-dozen birdies for a five-under-par 67 to share second with Terence Boardman, Thriston Lawrence, NJ Arnoldi and recent Nomads SA Boys U-19 Match Play champion, Rosswell Sinclair.
But they do say no good deed goes unpunished.
Levey got his just rewards with a sizzling eight-under-par 64 to overhaul his cousin for pole position with a flawless performance.
GFG Academy CEO Graeme Francis was pleased to see a GFG Academy one and two, with Levey, Ashley and Rosswell in contention.
“When David first joined us, he was pretty frustrated and rusty, but CJ kept him positive and they started working together,” Francis said.
“David also moved in with CJ on the Centurion Golf Estate and I encouraged both of them to join our head coach Andre Louw in the Pro Squad at Centurion Golf Village.
“I am just so pleased to see their results. Andre had to work hard to reignite David’s drive and desire, with CJ encouraging from the side-lines.
“It was nice to see David win one earlier this year, and I wouldn’t be surprised if CJ pulls this one through; there is a healthy rivalry between the two and it would be a great result for the first Pro Squad Classic if one of their own can the lift the title this week.”
ROUND ONE SCORES
64 – CJ Levey (AMA)
67 – David Ashley (AMA), Terence Boardman, Thriston Lawrence, NJ Arnoldi, Rosswell Sinclair (AMA)
69 – Stephan De Beer, Jaco Mouton
70 – Pieter Kruger, Bryandrew Roelofsz, Gideon Pienaar
71 – Jason Ackerman (AMA), Neal Hauptfleisch (AMA), Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Christiaan Pretorius, Tertius Van Den Berg, Conway Kunneke
72 – Siphiwe Siphayi (AMA), TJ Bekker, Jason Froneman, Dougie Meijer, Fouche Botha (AMA), JC Van Dommelen, Quintin Crause (AMA), Duane Keun, Michael Palmer, Zander Potgieter (AMA), Danie Pretorius
73 – Michael Armstrong (AMA)
74 – Ruan Korb (AMA), Ryan Gosling, David Lamprecht, Marco De Beer (AMA), Jacques de Villiers, Justin Levy NLD, Hilton Hughes (AMA), Tyron Mc Comb, Eric Nel (AMA)
75 – Jacques De Villiers (AMA), Rhoan Gardiner, Paul De Beer, Herman Minnie, Romano Saincic, Keanan Aysen (AMA)
76 – Loic Csizmadia (MUS), Stephan Erasmus (AMA), Michael Schutz (AMA)
77 – Shaun van Tonder, Tung-Nan Lin (AMA) TWN, Norman Beggs, Wayne du Toit, Rikus Oosthuizen (AMA)
78 – Carlos Arroyo (AMA), Matthew Vogel, Niel Meyer, Marc De Jager (AMA)
79 – Pedro August, Lourens Du Plessis, Brendan Britten NAM
80 – Werner Lourens (AMA), Dwayne Coetzee, Etzard Grimbeek (AMA)
81 – Marais Visagie, Owen Grobler, Sean Graham (AMA), Benjamin Cobbett (AMA), Lucas Steyn, Tiaan Van Der Merwe (AMA)
83 – Bonita Bredenhann NAM, Duan Nagel (AMA), Angelo Marques (AMA)
84 – Dean Schonegevel (AMA)
85 – Juan De Bruin (AMA), Cameron Gunning
96 – Clayton Ackermann (AMA)
Missed the cut:-
WDN – Matthew Adams (AMA)