26th November 2013 | Big Easy IGT Golf

TOP AMATEUR LAYS DOWN MARKER AT IGT CENTURION

(Photo – Christiaan Bezuidenhout; credit CJ du Plooy)Christiaan Bezuidenhout

(Photo – Daniel Slabbert; credit CJ du Plooy)

PRETORIA, 26 November 2013 – Top South African amateur Christiaan Bezuidenhout pulled within striking distance second round pace setter Pieter Kruger, while three-time Nedbank SA Disabled Golf Open champion Daniel Slabbert survived the cut in his IGT Tour Race to Q-School debut at Centurion Country Club on Tuesday.

Bezuidenhout and Kruger were both in action in the South African Open Championship last week.

The country’s leading amateur earned automatic exemption, but Kruger was one of 11 IGT regulars among the 16 qualifiers who had to battle for positions at Glendower.

Both players missed the cut, however, but just two days later they are back in the hunt for glory. Bezuidenhout, in particular, wanted to the disappointment behind him by getting back on the horse as quickly as possible.

Daniel Slabbert

“I had probably one of my best ball striking weeks at Glendower, but my putter went ice cold,” he said. “I hit every fairway and green for two days solid, but I couldn’t sink a putt over eight feet.

“I just needed to get rid of the disappointment and frustration, and this has done it for me.”

Kruger opened with a six under 66 and added a 70 in his second trip around the 7,328 meter layout in Pretoria to lead at eight-under-par 144.

Bezuidenhout carded a first round 67 and followed with a 71

“I had three great birdies before the turn, but I lost the advantage with bogeys at the third, fifth and seventh holes,” Bezuidenhout said. “I had a plugged lie in the bunker at the par-three and at the other two holes, I hit some wayward shots to the green and paid the price.

“What I would like most on Wednesday is to hand in a bogey-free card in the final round, just to show myself I can do it.”

Meanwhile Slabbert extended his stay in Pretoria after two 77s left him on the cut-line at 10-over-par.

The 22-year-old from Kathu, who lost his leg in a freak trampoline accident as a teenager, has been dominating the disabled golf scene and in April this year, showed up the country’s top amateurs with a tie for seventh in the Highveld Open.

Rae Mackie (70) finished in third on 138, while IGT Race to Q-School Silver Lakes winner Zander Lombard carded a 69 to tie two-time IGT Race to Q-School winner Robbie Lupine (73) at four under.

But for the five bogeys on his card, South Africa’s number two ranked Lombard could have been leading after rallying with four birdies and eagles at the par-five first and 12th holes.

Former Sanlam SA Women’s Amateur champion Iliska Verwey will also join the final round action after rounds of 75 and 74, while the low round of the day was a trio of 68s from professionals James Searson, Otto van Greunen and Brenden de Lange, another Race to Q-School winner this season.

SECOND ROUND SCORES

All competitors RSA unless otherwise indicated; amateurs = (AMA)

136 – Pieter Kruger 66 70

138 – Christiaan Bezuidenhout (AMA) 67 71

139 – Rae Mackie 69 70

140 – Roberto Lupini 67 73, Zander Lombard (AMA) 71 69

142 – Herman Minnie 71 71, Brendan De Lange 74 68, Theodor Oosthuizen (AMA) 69 73, Aubrey Barnard 70 72

143 – Sam Botham 71 72, Ted Hendriks 72 71, Frans Strydom 72 71, Lean Boezaart 71 72, Eric Nel (AMA) 69 74, Andi Dill (AMA) 69 74

144 – James Searson 76 68, Gideon Pienaar 73 71, Jaco Mouton 73 71

145 – Danie Pretorius 74 71, Teaghan Gauche (AMA) 67 78, Dongkwan Kim 74 71, Otto van Greunen 77 68

146 – Jaco Prinsloo 75 71

147 – Jerry Steyn 66 81, Lukas Steyn (AMA) 71 76, Eddie Taylor (AMA) 72 75, Anton Steenkamp (AMA) 76 71, Graeme Vrugtman (AMA) 72 75, JC van Dommelen 72 75

148 – Rob Menzies 76 72, Sarel Van der Walt 74 74, Mike Maile 76 72, Leon De Lange (AMA) 78 70

149 – Johan Smit (AMA) 76 73, Hans Jonck 73 76, Alwyn Vorster 73 76, Deon Bredenkamp 74 75, Dougie Meijer 74 75, JC Ritchie 75 74, Jacques de Villiers 75 74, Iliska Verwey 75 74

150 – Conway Kunneke (AMA) 73 77, Hyun Park 70 80, Coert Groenewald 76 74

151 – Jacques Prinsloo 69 82, Brendon Mossop (AMA) 76 75, Wayne Stroebel 75 76, Jonathan Waschefort 76 75, Eugene van Loggerenberg 78 73

152 – Tyron Mc Comb 76 76, Wesley Baptiste (AMA) 79 73, Jacqui Akers (AMA) 75 77, Wayne du Toit 78 74, Clinton Cheia (AMA) 77 75, Jaryd Wagner 76 76

153 – Niel Meyer (AMA) 78 75, Pierre Viviers 76 77, Matthew Adams (AMA) 75 78, Julian de Wet (AMA) 79 74

154 – Matt Bright (AMA) 85 69, Christiaan Pretorius 78 76, Daniel Slabbert (AMA) 77 77, Cilliers Naude 77 77, Bonita Bredenhann 78 76

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