19th February 2019 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Second stab at IGT glory for Kaminski at Modderfontein

Second stab at IGT glory for Kaminski at Modderfontein

JOHANNESBURG, 19 February 2019 – He was denied a stab at victory last week, but Parkview rookie Rupert Kaminski ensured another shot at glory when he took the lead in the IGT Challenge Tour Race to Q-School #6 on Tuesday.

Kaminski posted rounds of 67 and 72 and was within striking distance of leader Clayton Mansfield with one round to go in the Race to Q-School #5, but the 22-year-old had to settle for after incessant rain forced organisers to reduce the event to 36 holes.

He is back in the running, though, at Modderfontein Golf Club after shooting five-under-par 67 in the second round.

Kaminski moved to seven-under 137 and will start the final round with a one shot lead.

Pretoria rookie Ruhan van Dijk shared the overnight lead on the five-under with Makhetha Mazibuko, Canadian Cody White and Werner Deyzel and a second round 71 saw him finish one shot adrift.

Gary Player School of 2018/2019 members Muzi Nethunzwi and Mazibuko returned rounds of 70 and 72 respectively to tie for third on five-under alongside Richard Joubert, Kyle Barker and Mansfield, who vaulted into contention with a six-under 66.

Deyzel slipped to four-under and shares eighth with fellow Pretoria amateur Chris van der Merwe and former IGT Challenge Tour winner Cameron Moralee, while the Canadian White will start the final round on three-under after registering 74.

Out in the first group of the day, Kaminski turned two under after a birdie start and a further gain at seven.

He fired four birdies on the bounce from the 12th and moved to seven-under 137 after a bogey finish.

“I’m hitting the ball as well as I did at Houghton and I’ll take some confidence into the final round,” he said. “The mental side has been a little week lately, but I handled myself really well last week and even here, this week, I’ve been mentally strong. I’ve been putting some decent rounds together for a while now, and I hope the mental work I’ve done will get me to the finish line.”

Rupert has had a few disappointing finishes in the last few months.

“A win would mean a lot to me,” he said. “I missed out at the European Q-school. Then I missed out at the US Q-School at the start of February. It was hugely disappointing, but you have to take the knocks on the chin if you want to make a living in this game.

“I’m heading back to the States in a few weeks. I’m going to play on the APT Tour; it’s a development tour similar to the IGT Challenge Tour in the States. I’m going to try to play as many events as possible to prepare for the web.com Q-school at the end of the year. To leave with a win under the belt would be a huge confidence booster.”

Second Round Scores

All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as AMA

137 – Rupert Kaminski 70 67

138 – Ruhan van Dijk 67 71

139 – Musiwalo Nethunzwi 69 70, Clayton Mansfield 73 66, Makhetha Mazibuko 67 72, Richard Joubert 71 68, Kyle Barker 70 69

140 – Christopher van der Merwe AMA 70 70, Werner Deyzel AMA 67 73, Cameron Moralee 75 65

141 – James Mack (ENG) 71 70, Cody White (CAN) 67 74, Riaan Swart AMA 75 66

142 – Darin de Smidt AMA 75 67

143 – Ryan O’Neill (ENG) 70 73, Dongkwan Kim (KOR) 71 72

144 – Maverick Faber (FRA) 75 69, Matthew Spacey 75 69, Carlo O’Reilly AMA 70 74, Hanlo Jacobs 70 74, Liam Labuschagne AMA 76 68, Jason Rossiter 74 70, Tristan Topka AMA 71 73, Dean O’Riley 73 71

145 – Hayden Griffiths 72 73, Gary Daoust (BEL) 72 73, Gerard du Plooy 70 75, Clinton Grobler 72 73, Ruan Korb 69 76, Jonathan Waschefort 73 72

146 – Mitchell Lightfoot 69 77, Jabulane Mabilane 72 74, Tristen Strydom 74 72, Jaco van der Merwe AMA 70 76

147 – Ricardo Towell 77 70, Warric Dyers 75 72, Leon Vorster 73 74, Christof Appel 73 74, Gareth Sargent AMA 76 71, Andrew Carlsson 76 71, Michael Saunders (ENG) 72 75

148 – Thabo Moraba 72 76, Keaton Slatter 76 72, Alex Pienaar AMA 76 72, Michael Pfeifer 71 77

149 – Jack Duthie 73 76, Bradley Diggeden AMA 72 77, Thabiso Ngcobo 71 78, Maritz Wessels 76 73, Idrees Saban AMA 75 74, Divan Marais 77 72, Dean Du Plessis AMA 76 73, Franco Putter 73 76

Missed the cut:-

150 – Michael Dreyer 76 74, Angus Ellis-Cole AMA 74 76, Zabastian de Jager 76 74, Jared Botha AMA 75 75, Henning du Plooy AMA 73 77, Simon du Plooy AMA 76 74

151 – Alpheus Kelapile 75 76, Paulo Serrao (POR) 76 75, Thanda Mavundla 77 74, Khaya Jika 76 75, Duan Nagel AMA 75 76, Hanish Nagrani (ZIM) 78 73, Keanu Pestana AMA 73 78

152 – Allister de Kock 80 72, Thabang Simon 72 80, Lincon Cele 76 76, Leon van der Walt AMA 74 78, Vickus Fleischman AMA 77 75, Paul Rodrigues AMA 76 76, Arno Pretorius 82 70, Louis Botha 74 78, Tumelo Molloyi 80 72

153 – Jason Diab 75 78, Samba Niang (SEN) 78 75

154 – Ivan Mare AMA 78 76, Myburgh Viljoen AMA 77 77

155 – Deon Bredenkamp 78 77, Fritz Orren 79 76, Elmo Barnard AMA 75 80, Carlo Heunis AMA 80 75, Albert Visser 78 77, Andrew Plint AMA 75 80

156 – Scott Houghton (ENG) 82 74, Cameron Gunning 78 78, Adam Baker 80 76, Neal Herman 82 74, WM Coetzee AMA 79 77

157 – Shalan Govender 77 80, Angelo Marques AMA 78 79, Xander Prinsloo AMA 85 72, Bryce Myburgh 75 82

158 – Jancarel Rossouw AMA 80 78, Matthew Hands AMA 81 77, Stephan Erasmus 76 82, Lance Ellerbeck AMA 80 78

159 – Allan Jirek AMA (CZE) 88 71

160 – Nhlalenhle Dlamini 84 76, Richard Spagnolo AMA 78 82

161 – Jonathan George AMA 77 84, Stephane Van Neer (COD) 81 80

162 – Cody Holwill AMA 78 84

163 – Michael Van Rooyen 82 81

164 – Blain Sansom 83 81

165 – Carel Du Plessis AMA 85 80, Tristan Brice AMA 84 81, Marcus Smal AMA 79 86

166 – Donald Makhafola AMA 81 85, Willem Van Der Merwe AMA 87 79

169 – Darren Slingers AMA 80 89

178 – Jeandre Badenhorst 98 80

 

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

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