14th October 2014 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Showdown on the cards in Krugersdorp

KDorp13-15OctDay1 (58)(Photo – Coert Groenewald – Jerry Steyn; credit CJ du Plooy)

JOHANNESBURG, 14 October 2014 – Coert Groenewald survived a bumpy ride over the closing holes at Krugersdorp Golf Club to share the second round lead with Jerry Steyn in the IGT Tour’s second Race to Q-School on Tuesday.

As the overnight contenders fell off the pace, it looked for a while as if no-one wanted the overnight lead until Pretoria’s Steyn returned a 69 to set the clubhouse target at four-under-par 140.

Groenewald dipped to six under through 13 holes, but three bogeys and a double drop in the last five holes derailed his challenge.

The Gauteng golfer closed with a 71 to share pole position at four-under-par 140.

Both players are heading for the Sunshine Tour’s Qualifying School in January, but although Groenewald will is keen to nail down his sixth podium finish on the country’s premier development Tour, he is still apprehensive about his swing.

“I made some slight swing changes,” the 26-year-old explained. “I’m still tinkering with the swing, so I don’t have a great measure of consistency, yet.

“For a while it will go really well, like the run up until the 13th hole, and then I start spraying it and end up with the kind of finish I had today.”KDorp13-15OctDay1 (52)

Steyn has never played in the final group on the IGT Tour and is looking forward to the experience.

“I’ve had a couple of good final rounds and I finished third at the Race to Asian Q-School at Wingate, but I’ve never gone for gold from the front,” he said.

“This will be a new experience for me and I’m just going to enjoy it.”

The GFG Academy player’s ride around the Krugersdorp layout was a lot smoother than that of his co-leader.

“You can take advantage of the par-fives to score, but this is a very tricky course,” the 24-year-old Irene golfer said after offsetting the damage of two bogeys with three birdies and an eagle at the par-five seventh.

“You have to pick the holes where you get aggressive, or the course will bite you. I just tried to stick it to the middle of the green on the tough holes, and had just the two soft bogeys.”

The leading pair finished four strokes clear from first round leader, Bryn Flanagan, who dropped four shots in the last three holes for a 77, and fellow Gauteng amateur Andy Dill, who returned a 71.

Boland amateur Armand Scholtz fired a two under 70 to finish on two-over-par 146.

He shares fifth with IGT Tour winner Werner van Niekerk amateur Jason Ackerman, who registered respective rounds of 73 and 72.

SECOND ROUND SCORES

140 – Jerry Steyn 71 69, Coert Groenewald 69 71

144 – Andi Dill (AMA) 73 71, Bryn Flanagan (AMA) 67 77

146 – Armandt Scholtz (AMA) 76 70, Jason Ackerman (AMA) 74 72, Werner Van Niekerk 73 73

147 – Russel Franz 72 75

148 – Herman Minnie 76 72, Christiaan Pretorius 72 76, Duane Keun 70 78

149 – Jason Diab (AMA) 75 74, Matthew Spacey (AMA) 79 70, Marius Meyer (AMA) 73 76, Rosswell Sinclair (AMA) 73 76, John McClean NIR 70 79

150 – Wesley Horngren 77 73, Daniel Joubert (AMA) 75 75, Simon Kruger (AMA) 75 75

151 – Calvin Caldeira (AMA) 78 73, James Searson 73 78

152 – Philip Geerts ITA (AMA) 77 75, David Lamprecht 78 74, Mark Fairbank (AMA) 80 72

154 – Niel Meyer 77 77, Hein Barnard (AMA) 80 74

155 – Pieter Van der Linde (AMA) 76 79, Johannes Frahs AUT (AMA) 76 79

156 – Alwyn Vorster 78 78, Andre Pistorius 78 78, Stephan De Beer 75 81, Shaun van Tonder 79 77

157 – Tyron Mc Comb 77 80, Houston Harwood (AMA) 79 78

158 – Gareth Akers (AMA) 76 82, Etzard Grimbeek (AMA) 75 83, Stephan Erasmus (AMA) 83 75

159 – David Rebelo (AMA) 77 82

160 – Tiaan Swart (AMA) 83 77, Jean-Francois Erasmus (AMA) 83 77

162 – Justin Levy NED 82 80

163 – Werner Lourens (AMA) 81 82, Arno Bartholoma GER (AMA) 83 80

169 – Dylan Raubenheimer (AMA) 87 82

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