14th January 2014 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Van Niekerk joins the title hunt at CRM

(Photo – Werner van Niekerk; credit CJ du Plooy)CMR12-15JANDAY1 (50)

JOHANNESBURG, 14 January 2014 – Overnight leader Juan Langeveld carded a 69 to hold on for a one shot lead in the third round of the final IGT Q-School Warm Up event, but the Rondebosch golfer will have a posse of three very determined challengers on his back at CMR Golf Club on Wednesday.

Langeveld hit the front with a flawless 63 in Monday’s second round and moved the 54-hole target to 13 under with five birdies and two bogeys. However, he is certain to come under pressure from professional Jaco Prinsloo and leading amateurs Callum Mowat and Werner van Niekerk.

Pretoria golfer Van Niekerk implemented some good advice from his father, Pieter, to put himself in the title run in his IGT Tour debut.

The 23-year-old recent BSc Construction Management graduate picked up five birdies on his way to a 67 and was delighted to complete a bogey-free round just a few days before he joins the battle for Sunshine Tour cards in Bloemfontein.
“I had some soft drops over the first two rounds, so my dad and I just walked nine holes at Kempton Park Golf Club last night,” Van Niekerk explained.

“He just asked me to go through the motions, as if I was playing, and tell him what I was planning. Afterwards he said I should just try to do that in the third round, chat to myself about where I want to hit the ball, what side I want to miss on, stuff like that.

“It felt a little weird at first, but it definitely worked for me.”

Prinsloo surrendered a shot at the third, but birdies at the second, fourth, fifth and 11th dipped him well into red figures. After consecutive birdies at the 15th and 16th, he double-bogeyed the 17th but rallied with an eagle-three at the 18th to sign for a 67.

Meanwhile IGT Race to Q-School winner Mowat raced to four under through the first four holes and, after dropping his only shot of the day at the par-four seventh, added a pair of birdies at 15 and 16 and another at the closing hole for a 66.

Interestingly, the top coaches in the country are well represented in the top 10, as well, with former Tour players Ashley Roestoff and Robbie Stewart looking after Langeveld and Mowat, TuksGolf coach Llewellyn van Leeuwen looking after Van Niekerk while Prinsloo, JC Ritchie, CJ du Plessis, Sarel van der Walt and Conway Kunneke are all members of the GFG Academy, run by former Tour player Graeme Francis.

Van Niekerk, who collected a handful of top five and top three amateur finishes last season, also won the Individual Competition in a prestigious test against three international teams when he represented the University of Pretoria at the University of St Andrews 600th Anniversary Invitational in Scotland.

The Pretoria golfer only entered the final IGT Q-School Warm Up event to get the rust off before next week’s gruelling test, but now regrets not having played in more events last season.

“Unfortunately I was in my final year at Tuks and my time was very limited,” he said.

“The set up at these events is just fantastic and the competition is very stiff. The standard is high. You have to really compete to be in the running.”

After a 74 second round scare, former top SA amateur Nobuhle Dlamini bounced back with a 70 to move to two under 214, comfortable avoiding the 54-hole cut that was set at eight over 224 and left 48 golfers contesting the final round.

THIRD ROUND SCORES

All players RSA unless otherwise indicated; Amateurs = (AM)

203 – Juan Langeveld 71 63 69

204 – Callum Mowat (AM) 69 69 66, Jaco Prinsloo 69 68 67, Werner Van Niekerk (AM) 68 69 67

205 – Hyun Park 71 70 64

206 – JC Ritchie 71 68 67, CJ du Plessis 70 68 68

207 – Sarel Van der Walt 70 72 65, John McClean 71 69 67

208 – Ryan Clarke 70 74 64, Conway Kunneke (AM) 69 71 68

209 – Lean Boezaart 67 74 68, Brett Liddle 73 67 69

210 – Graeme Vrugtman (AM) 73 68 69, Maritz Wessels 69 67 74

211 – Otto van Greunen 73 69 69, Pieter Kruger 73 66 72

212 – Bryandrew Roelofsz 71 74 67, Roberto Lupini 73 70 69, Calvin Caldeira (AM) 70 73 69

213 – Louis Moolman 73 72 68, Herman Minnie 68 75 70

214 – Nobuhle Dlamini 70 74 70

215 – Gareth Akers (AM) 69 76 70, Haydn Porteous 72 72 71, Jonathan Waschefort 72 72 71

216 – Wayne Stroebel 78 68 70, Zak Van Zyl (AM) 74 72 70

217 – Raymond Mathonsi 72 68 77, Ted Hendriks 73 75 69

218 – Hertzog Landman 76 71 71, Joubert Van Eeden (AM) 71 74 73, JP Van der Walt 74 74 70

219 – Jacques Prinsloo 73 72 74, Deon Bredenkamp 76 74 69

220 – Mike Downes 73 72 75, Merrick Van As (AM) 72 76 72, Dylan de Beer 74 74 72

221 – Frans Strydom 74 72 75, Sam Botham 75 71 75, Lourens Du Plessis (AM) 75 72 74, Romano Saincic 81 69 71

223 – Christiaan Pretorius 70 79 74, Leon Knoll (AM) 80 70 73, Carrie Park (AM) 76 76 71, Arthur Horne 77 73 73

224 – Jerry Steyn 72 72 80, Shaun van Tonder 75 74 75

Missed the cut:-

226 – Yngve Nilsson 75 72 79, Alwyn Vorster 73 77 76

227 – Kim Williams 78 72 77, Morne Wolmarans (AM) 78 75 74, Murray Smit (AM) 74 79 74

228 – Louwtjie J van Vuuren (AM) 76 76 76

229 – Matt Bright (AM) 79 74 76

230 – Jaco-Willem Gouws (AM) 77 75 78

233 – Jaryd Wagner 78 78 77

235 – Jacqui Akers (AM) 82 78 75

236 – Slade Fick (AM) 71 81 84

237 – Henry Featherstone 79 80 78

238 – Marcel Capaul 80 77 81, Julian de Wet (AM) 85 77 76

247 – Tim Garner 81 86 80

273 – Moses Mkgoebane (AM) 94 91 88

WDN – Johan de Beer 76 73 WDN

DSQ – Peter Evans 92 88 DSQ

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