14th July 2015 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Roelofsz sets up hat-trick at RJK

PHOTO – Bryandrew Roelofsz; credit CJ du PlooyHoughton13-15AprDay3 (46)

JOHANNESBURG, 14 July 2015 – Edenvale golfer Bryandrew Roelofsz is bidding to become the IGT Tour’s second three-time winner this season after holding on to his overnight lead in the Battle of the Giants on Wednesday.

After with a flawless six-under-par 66 at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington in the opening round, the weather turned nasty and the 22-year-old had to battle to a 71 in the extremely windy conditions on Tuesday.

His lead held up, though, and he will start the final round one stroke ahead of the player he hopes to tie, Michael Palmer from Bryanston.

The three-time IGT Tour champion reeled in half-a-dozen birdies and eagled the 18th at the East Course to post a low 65.

Sunshine Tour veteran Jeff Inglis from England, Calvin Caldeira and Juan Langeveld registered 68s, while JC Ritchie and Bryce McCabe returned 70s tie for third on four under.

Roelofsz, who won the RJK Club Championship in 2010, got off to a solid start with an eagle at the par-five first for a second day running, but he had his work cut out to finish under par.

“The weather was frisky but fine over the first couple of holes, but then the wind really started pumping and it was difficult to control your shots into the green,” Roelofsz said.

“This course is notorious for punishing off-line shots and it is tough to up-and-down from the off-green areas in the winter.

“I managed myself well around the course, but I had a little bad luck that led to three bogeys.

“I three-putted for a bogey at six and had a lip-out for par at 10. At 14, I hit it in the water, but I got on the green okay. Then the par-putt horse-shoed and came straight back at me. These things happen and you can’t let it affect you negatively. Write it off and move on.”

Roelofsz birdied eight and erased one of the two bogeys on the back nine with a birdie finish.

After a six month break from golf, the Golfspecialist player underlined his return to competitive golf this season with back-to-back victories in the BDGA Academy Classic at Eagle Canyon in April and Autumn Swing Challenge at ERPM in May.

Now he is gunning for a hat-trick of victories to boost his confidence ahead of the Sishen Open.

“I know my game is very solid right now,” said Roelofsz, who came into the Battle of Giants buoyed by a third place finish on the Big Easy Tour.

“I want to keep this intensity going, though, because we are playing for first place prize money of R35,000 in Sishen next week. You have to be on your A-game and a win this week will go a long way in building some confidence for next week.”

SECOND ROUND SCORES

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

137 – Bryandrew Roelofsz 66 71

138 – Michael Palmer 73 65

140 – Jeff Inglis ENG 72 68, JC Ritchie 70 70, Calvin Caldeira 72 68, Juan Langeveld 72 68, Bryce McCabe (AMA) 68 72

141 – Joubert Van Eeden (AMA) 69 72, Justin Turner 69 72, Matthew Vogel 71 70, Ryan Cairns ZIM 70 71

144 – Michael Hollick 75 69, Lean Boezaart 72 72

145 – Arthur Horne SWA 68 77, Dayne Moore (ZAM) 75 70, Conway Kunneke 71 74, Pieter Kruger 72 73, Callum Mowat 72 73, CJ du Plessis 69 76

146 – Michael Louth (AMA) 74 72

147 – Amerigo Renieri (AMA) 76 71, Antonio Rosado (POR) 72 75, Angus Ellis-Cole (AMA) 72 75

148 – Albert Venter (AMA) 75 73, Benjamin Follett-Smith (AMA) (ZIM) 74 74, Ian Ansett (AMA) 73 75, Maxime Deffontaine (AMA) BEL 74 74, David McIntyre (AMA) 77 71, NJ Arnoldi 73 75

149 – Rupert Kaminski (AMA) 72 77, Dylan Lavagna-Slater (AMA) 78 71, Jaco Prinsloo 78 71

150 – Louis Botha 78 72, Siphiwe Siphayi 81 69, Wayne Stroebel 73 77

151 – Andi Dill (AMA) 76 75, Byron Garvie 76 75

152 – Jared Burnard 75 77, Christiaan Pretorius 80 72, Owen Grobler 78 74

153 – Tyrone Lorusso 78 75, Shalan Govender 73 80, Andrew Williamson (AMA) 78 75, Adriel Poonan (AMA) 76 77, Ludovic Bax (AMA) MUS 72 81, Mikhail Tewary 79 74, Tyron Mc Comb 73 80, Karl Lehmacher (AMA) 75 78, Hanko Bothma (AMA) 76 77

154 – Shaun van Tonder 77 77, Wayne du Toit 80 74

155 – Jacques de Villiers 75 80

156 – Adriano Salgado (AMA) 78 78, Brendan Blake (AMA) 81 75

157 – Mohit Mediratta (AMA) KEN 82 75, Phil Minkley (AMA) (MUS) 78 79, Ruan Huysamen NAM 80 77, Christopher Hardy (AMA) MUS 75 82

158 – Keaton Slatter (AMA) 79 79, Craig Schraibman (AMA) 80 78, David Rebelo (AMA) 77 81, Dylan O’Leary 81 77

Missed the cut:-

159 – Michael Petersen (AMA) 82 77, Jason Ackerman (AMA) 78 81, Wian Verster 78 81, Michael Kok (AMA) 78 81, Fouche Botha (AMA) 80 79, Stephan De Beer 74 85, Derryn Mitri (AMA) 84 75

160 – Hein Dreyer (AMA) 72 88

161 – Gregory Beltramo 79 82, Godfrey Mphaga 80 81

163 – Werner Lourens (AMA) 87 76, Graeme Limper (AMA) 81 82

164 – Ricardo Towell (AMA) 80 84

165 – Adam Baker (AMA) 81 84

168 – Ramon Rigney 85 83, Dean Schonegevel (AMA) 85 83

173 – Ricky Hendler (AMA) 86 87, Ibraheem Badat (AMA) 87 86

175 – Bradley Hudson (AMA) ZIM 87 88

176 – Gustav Erasmus 88 88

179 – Luca Kotton (AMA) 88 91, Gary Jutzen (AMA) 88 91

WDN – Dylan Docherty (AMA) 83 WDN, Paul De Beer 81 WDN

N/R – Bryce Bibby 79 N/R, JP Basson (AMA) 98 N/R

RTD – Jaco Mouton 78 RTD

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