17th February 2015 | Big Easy IGT Golf

SA’s Arnoldi sweeps into ERMP lead

NJArnoldi_ERPM_papers(PHOTO – NJ Arnoldi; credit CJ du Plooy)

BOKSBURG, 17 February 2015 – Nigel amateur NJ Arnoldi hit 18 greens in regulation for a two-stroke lead in the second round of the IGT Tour’s second Summer Swing at ERPM Golf Club on Tuesday.

Arnoldi needed just 29 putts to produce a flawless seven-under-par 65 to take pole position on 10-under-par 134, but the 22-year-old was only tentatively pleased with his effort.

“I’m not counting any chickens just yet,” said the country’s 13th ranked amateur.

“I’ve been striking the ball really well in the last two months, but I just haven’t converted on the golf course. The game has been there, so first let’s see if I can take this to the next level.”
The IGT Tour regular made it to the final round of the Sunshine Tour’s Qualifying School in January, but failed to make the top 30 to gain a card.

“I didn’t play my best, although I kept myself in contention to make the top 60,” he said.

“I fell well short in the final round, though, and it’s really frustrating when you are striking the ball well, but you just can’t get it in the hole.

“I don’t feel that my scores in the last two months reflect my game, so to shoot a round like this really feeds the confidence. I was very frustrated after missing the cut at Centurion last week and I didn’t start well over the front nine at ERPM in the first round.

“I made an eagle and three birdies on the back nine and that got the momentum going and gave me a bit of confidence going into the second round. I felt really good over the putter and put together a really solid round.”

Arnoldi notched four birdies on the front nine and added three more gains on the home stretch.

“I guess I could say it could have been better, because I missed two short ones on the back nine, but who is complaining,” Arnoldi said.

“The greens are a little slower this week, and it’s tricky to get a curling putt to drop when you have hit hard. My aim was to keep the mistakes to a minimum and it felt really good to walk off the course with a blemish-free card.”

Fellow amateur David Ashley from England had knocked in two early birdie putts to get his round going, but lost the advantage with a double bogey at the sixth and another drop at the seventh.

The GFG Academy player caught fire on the back nine, though, and reeled in half a dozen birdies to romp home in 30 strokes.

Ashley signed for a 67 and a share of second on 136 with Danie Pretorius (66) and Conway Kunneke (65), while TuksSport Golf Academy player Tokkie van der Merwe stayed in touch with a 66 and lies a further stroke adrift.

ROUND TWO SCORES

134 – NJ Arnoldi (AMA) 69 65

136 – Danie Pretorius 70 66, David Ashley (AMA) 69 67, Conway Kunneke 71 65

137 – Tertius Van Den Berg 71 66

138 – Gideon Pienaar 68 70

139 – Nyasha Muyambo 72 67, Mike Downes 66 73, Hilton Hughes (AMA) 67 72, Bryn Flanagan 74 65

141 – Michael Jooste (AMA) 70 71, Simon Kruger (AMA) 74 67

142 – Justin Levy 68 74, Christiaan Pretorius 72 70, Stephan Erasmus (AMA) 69 73

143 – Andi Dill (AMA) 71 72, Fouche Botha (AMA) 72 71

144 – TJ Bekker 71 73

145 – Jandre Fullard (AMA) 73 72, Philip Geerts (AMA) 72 73

146 – Siphiwe Siphayi (AMA) 73 73, Carlos Arroyo (AMA) 74 72, Bernard Hattingh (AMA) 70 76, Herman Minnie 73 73, Rikus Oosthuizen (AMA) 72 74

147 – Kyle Lee 71 76, Ryan Wingrove (AMA) 75 72, Lourens Du Plessis 73 74, CJ Levey (AMA) 75 72

148 – Edoardo Torrieri 71 77

149 – PG Van der Linde 73 76, Niel Meyer 76 73, Joubert Van Eeden (AMA) 74 75, Bartjie De Klerk (AMA) 74 75

150 – Brandon Lydon (AMA) 78 72, Michael Armstrong (AMA) 72 78, Brendan Britten 76 74, Sean Coomer (AMA) 73 77

151 – Matthew Adams (AMA) 73 78, Derryn Mitri (AMA) 77 74, Shane Heckler (AMA) 78 73, Dwayne Coetzee 77 74

Missed the cut:-

152 – Paul Cuningham 79 73, Murray Smit 75 77, Rhoan Gardiner 79 73

153 – Jadrick Fourie (AMA) 77 76, Gerard van Zyl (AMA) 80 73

154 – Michael Van Hoeck (AMA) 76 78

156 – Wayne Stroebel 84 72

158 – Michael Kok (AMA) 82 76

160 – Neville Mitchell (AMA) 81 79

163 – Duan Nagel (AMA) 80 83

165 – Zarko Fabricius (AMA) 84 81, Juan De Bruin (AMA) 82 83

168 – Marais Visagie 82 86

175 – Drickus Coetzer (AMA) 83 92

180 – Sean Graham (AMA) 93 87

 

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