23rd June 2015 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Swart forces his way to the top at Centurion

Cent22-24Jun-Day1 (171)(PHOTO – Juan Swart; credit CJ du Plooy)

TSWANE, 23 June 2015 – Juan Swart combined a hot putter and some fine iron-play with a dose of local course knowledge to claim pole position in the second round of the IGT Tour’s Pro Squad Classic at Centurion Country Club on Tuesday.

The Port Elizabeth native notched eight birdies en route to a five-under-par 67 at his home course and he will head into the final round carrying a two stroke lead at nine under 135.

Overnight leader Phillip Kruse lost a little footing with a 70. The Tshwane amateur is tied for second with IGT Tour winner Jacques Kruyswijk, who fired a 64 to enjoy the low round honours.

Derik Ferreira is a further stroke back after a 71, while Siphiwe Siphayi fired a 68 to move to joint fifth with Sheldon Steyn from Zimbabwe. The Gary Player School of Excellence student returned a 72.

Swart came flying out of the blocks with birdies at 10 and 12, but gave one back at 13.

He recovered quickly with a birdie at 14, but wiped out his progress with seven at the par-five 14th.

“That’s two sevens at the 14th in two successive rounds, so I’m counting on being third time lucky at that hole tomorrow,” the 24-year-old joked.

“I flew a three-wood straight over the green out of bounds and almost flew the green again at my second try in the first round. Thinking about it just messed with my head. I thought of laying up and ended up pulling it left and was almost out of bounds again. All you can do with that is to move on.”

Two good birdie putts at the eighth and ninth sent Swart around the turn in two under and he hit the front with further gains at three, five and nine.

After matriculating from Grey High School in the Bay, Swart completed a BSc Sport Science Option Golf at the University of Pretoria and worked for TuksSport Golf Academy while he finished his PGA of South Africa teaching qualification. He currently works at Centurion in the ProShop and is just starting to get his feet wet on the IGT Tour.

“I tied for fourth in an event at Centurion last year and finished joint 14th in the Summer Swing at Centurion earlier this year,” he said.

“I’m pleased to be in this position in just my third start. It was obviously really nice playing with Jacques, who is a good friend of mine, so we were both fairly relaxed.

“I managed to get off to a good start, although I made a couple of mistakes on the front nine. I finished quite well, though, so you can’t complain.

“It was important to start fast, because there are plenty of birdies out there and tomorrow will be much the same. If you’re not making any birdies, you’re standing still, so it was nice to get running early on.”

Swart knows he will need to go out with some aggression and purpose on Wednesday.

“Local knowledge definitely helps, but you still have to get the ball in the hole,” he said.

“If your game is off, it doesn’t matter how well you know the course. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been spending four to five hours a day working on my putting routine. I know it sounds boring, but I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing. I can’t shoot level par and expect to be leading; I know I need to go and get at the course again.”

SECOND ROUND SCORES

135 – Juan Swart 68 67

137 – Phillip Kruse (AMA) 67 70, Jacques Kruyswijk 73 64

139 – Derik Ferreira 68 71

140 – Sheldon Steyn ZIM 68 72, Siphiwe Siphayi 72 68

142 – Pieter Kruger 71 71, Ian Ansett (AMA) 72 70, Bryn Flanagan 71 71, CJ Levey (AMA) 72 70

143 – Johan de Beer 73 70, Jeff Inglis ENG 71 72, Stephan Erasmus (AMA) 73 70

144 – Desvonde Botes 75 69, Paul de Beer 69 75, Francesca Cuturi 75 69

145 – Gideon Pienaar 71 74, Conway Kunneke 70 75, Bryandrew Roelofsz 71 74, Mpho Mafishe 73 72, Hanko Bothma (AMA) 73 72, Michael Kok (AMA) 74 71

146 – Rupert Kaminski (AMA) 71 75, Carrie Park (AMA) 73 73

147 – David McIntyre (AMA) 71 76, Kyle Beattie (AMA) 77 70, Joubert van Eeden (AMA) 74 73, Dean O’ Riley 77 70

148 – Tyrone Ryan 77 71, Dylan O’Leary 72 76, Herman Minnie 74 74, Terence Boardman 77 71, Andi Dill (AMA) 72 76, Brendan Britten NAM 73 75

149 – Ockert Strydom 76 73, Tyron Roelofsz 71 78, Gary Daoust (AMA) 76 73

150 – Juan Langeveld 77 73, Rhoan Gardiner 81 69, Carlos Arroyo (AMA) 76 74, Wim Grobler 75 75, Jason Ackerman (AMA) 76 74

151 – Christiaan Pretorius 75 76, Eric Nel (AMA) 77 74, Ryan Wingrove (AMA) 79 72, Jandre Fullard (AMA) 72 79, Danie Pretorius 75 76

152 – Jaco Mouton 73 79, Heindrich Erasmus (AMA) 75 77, Matthew Vogel 76 76, Ryan Ciapparelli 75 77, Jason Diab 78 74, Divan Marais (AMA) 79 73

Missed the cut:-

153 – Clinton Cheia (AMA) 75 78, Michael Armstrong (AMA) 80 73, Nicholaus Frade (AMA) 79 74

154 – Rikus Oosthuizen (AMA) 76 78, Owen Grobler 79 75, David Ashley (AMA) 80 74

155 – Juran Dreyer (AMA) 78 77, Matthew Adams (AMA) 77 78, Jacques de Villiers 80 75

156 – Angus Ellis-Cole (AMA) 82 74, Dougie Meijer 77 79, Shaun van Tonder 82 74

157 – Michael Jooste (AMA) 70 87, Pieter Muller (AMA) 81 76, Bartjie De Klerk (AMA) 78 79

158 – Peetie Van Der Merwe (AMA) 81 77, Albert Venter (AMA) 84 74, Norman Beggs 75 83, Stefan Jordaan (AMA) 77 81, Keanan Aysen (AMA) 78 80

159 – Gerard Du Plooy 81 78, Cameron Nesmith (AMA) 79 80

160 – Daniel Slabbert (AMA) 81 79, Duan Nagel (AMA) 90 70, Nicolaas Erasmus (AMA) 81 79, Wesley Baptiste (AMA) 83 77

161 – Shaun Bernstein (AMA) 86 75, Alex Krebs (AMA) 80 81

162 – Ibraheem Badat (AMA) 83 79, Renier Venter (AMA) 84 78

163 – Sean Graham (AMA) 84 79, Henning De Jager (AMA) 79 84

164 – Justin Levy (NLD) 88 76

165 – Michael Petersen (AMA) 84 81, Cole Dodgen (AMA) 84 81

166 – Morne Wolmarans (AMA) 85 81, Jabu Radebe 86 80, Bernard Hattingh (AMA) 82 84

167 – Khaya Jika 89 78

169 – Ricky Hendler (AMA) 83 86

172 – Adriel Poonan (AMA) 82 90

175 – Jason Thomas (AMA) 87 88

181 – Thabi Ngcobo (AMA) 89 92

182 – Ramon Rigney 94 88

193 – JP Basson (AMA) 92 101

WDN – David Lamprecht 84 WDN

N/R – Marais Visagie 86 N/R

DSQ – Simon Kruger (AMA) 69 DSQ

RTD – Tyron Mc Comb RTD

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