19th November 2014 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Three Jacks tied at Battle of the Giants

DSC_0263(Photo – James Kamte; credit CJ du Plooy)

JOHANNESBURG (19 November 2014) – If birdies are the best cure to restore a golfer’s sagging confidence, then James Kamte found the remedy in the second round of the IGT Tour’s Battle of Giants at Glendower Golf Club on Wednesday.

Kamte unearthed the magic that led to victory in the 2011 BMG Classic and scorched the course in 67 strokes to grab a share of the lead with Centurion professionals Jaco Ahlers and Jacques Kruyswjik.

Birthday-boy Ahlers carded a 70 and fellow Centurion pro Kruyswijk closed with a 68 to share the three-way tie at six-under-par 138.

The trio finished one stroke ahead of IGT Tour winner Werner van Niekerk (67), England’s Neil Cheetham (69) and joint overnight leader, Ryan Cairns, who registered a 73.

With a further seven players all within four shots of the lead, it is indeed the subtleties of putting that could make all the difference in the final round.

Kamte switched out putters before the start of the second round and the results were almost immediate.

The four-time Sunshine Tour winner birdied the second, gave one back at the fifth, but holed out for an eagle at the par-five eighth. Gaining momentum. He reeled in four birdies on the back nine to erase a soft bogey at the 11th.

“Ping gave me two putters, but the first one I used just didn’t sit well in my hands,” he said.

“I had 37 putts in the first round, so I took a chance on other putter and had 30 putts. It’s still not fantastic, but it felt a lot better and holing some putts is a big confidence booster.

“I’m striking the ball well, though, and the eagle just got me going. I hit a solid drive down the middle of the fairway and seven-iron from 190 meters out to a foot. That gave me a little kick and I just took the opportunities on. It feels fantastic to be challenging again.”

Ahlers is struggling with his swing, but still managed to offset two bogeys with four birdies.

“I’m keeping the ball in play and that’s key around this course,” said the 32-year-old Pretoria pro. “The fairways are narrow and the rough is already penal, so you have to stay out of trouble. I don’t even want to think how tough this course will be at the SA Open in January.

“It’s great to have the chance to work out the glitches before the Cape Town Open. Hopefully it all comes together on Thursday, because no-one says you can’t win two in a row.”

Kruyswijk reeled in two birdies on the front nine and another pair at the 11th and 12th holes. He bogeyed the par-five 13th, but rallied with a birdie at the 17th to finish on four under.

“I played a lot better today, but I’m still struggling with the putter,” the 22-year-old Centurion golfer said. “I’m striking the ball very well and you have to do that at this course. The only way to score is to put yourself in the right spots at this layout.

“A few more putts dropped today and hopefully I can really capitalize in the final round. It would make a world of difference to tee it up in the Cape Town Open next week on the back of a victory.”

SECOND ROUND SCORES

138 – Jaco Ahlers 68 70, James Kamte 71 67, Jacques Kruyswijk 70 68

139 – Werner Van Niekerk 72 67, Ryan Cairns 66 73, Neil Cheetham ENG 70 69

140 – Divan Van Den Heever 71 69, Ockert Strydom 71 69, Tyron Mc Comb 70 70

141 – Wynand Dingle 70 71

142 – Antonio Rosado POR 69 73, Ross Wellington 67 75, Eddie Taylor 72 70

143 – Hennie Du Plessis (AMA) 69 74, Tyrone Ryan 71 72, Stuart Smith BOT 71 72, Bryn Flanagan 68 75, Glen de Waal NAM 73 70

144 – Coert Groenewald 70 74

145 – Callum Mowat 72 73, Duane Keun 73 72

146 – Calvin Caldeira 68 78, Gideon Pienaar 75 71, Ryan Tipping 70 76, Romano Saincic 69 77, Alex Haindl 71 75, Danie Pretorius 79 67

147 – Khaya Jika 73 74, Hilton Hughes (AMA) 75 72, Simon Kruger (AMA) 71 76, Jaco Prinsloo 74 73, Ryan Clarke 76 71, CJ du Plessis 73 74, Lean Boezaart 75 72, Wayne du Toit 79 68

148 – Roberto Lupini 73 75, Jaco Mouton 75 73, Herman Minnie 72 76, Francesca Cuturi 76 72, Jonathan Waschefort 73 75, Juan Langeveld 72 76, Otto van Greunen 73 75

Missed the cut:-

149 – Greg Bentley ZIM 67 82, Jacquin Hess 75 74, Dayne Moore ZAM 72 77, Andrew McLardy 76 73, Murray Smit 70 79, Jason Diab (AMA) 72 77

150 – Ruan Huysamen NAM 74 76, Jason Ackerman (AMA) 75 75, JC Ritchie 73 77, Hano van der Walt 73 77, Johan de Beer 75 75, Bonita Bredenhann NAM 73 77, Jacques de Villiers 75 75, Stephan Erasmus (AMA) 75 75, Shaun Smith 75 75

151 – Dylan Docherty (AMA) 78 73, Michael Dreyer 73 78, Shaun van Tonder 79 72, Justin Levy NED 75 76

152 – Pieter Van der Linde (AMA) 75 77, Russel Franz 77 75

153 – Tyrone Lorusso 76 77, Jerry Steyn 73 80, Joubert Van Eeden (AMA) 76 77, Wesley Horngren 75 78, Mark Fraser 76 77, Ryan Wingrove (AMA) 76 77

154 – Matt Milligan (AMA) 76 78, Rosswell Sinclair (AMA) 72 82, Andre se Decker (AMA) 77 77, Michael Kok (AMA) 76 78

155 – John McClean NIR 76 79

156 – Michael Van Hoeck (AMA) 78 78, Arno Bartholoma GER 81 75

157 – Allan Jones (AMA) 76 81

159 – Stephan De Beer 74 85, Christiaan Pretorius 77 82, Bryce McCabe (AMA) 81 78

160 – James Garlinge (AMA) 76 84, Craig Dreyer 80 80

161 – Helgardt Muller 82 79

162 – Dean Geyer 84 78

163 – David Lamprecht 80 83

164 – Daniel Joubert (AMA) 82 82

165 – Byron Garvie 84 81

167 – Werner Lourens (AMA) 87 80

168 – Julian de Wet (AMA) 86 82

173 – Gerrit Van Niekerk (AMA) 83 90

174 – Benjamin Cobbett (AMA) 81 93

181 – Conrad Van Tonder (AMA) 88 93

185 – Gustav Erasmus 93 92

187 – Kyle Bennett 89 98

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