9th October 2014 | Big Easy IGT Golf
Waschefort hits his stride at Koro Creek
MODIMOLLE, Limpopo (8 October 2014) – Pretoria rookie Jonathan Waschefort emerged from a six week sabbatical to storm into contention on day two of the first IGT Tour’s Race to Q-School at Koro Creek Golf Estate on Thursday.
As the mercury touched 40 degrees Celsius and a stiff north-westerly wind raced around the Limpopo layout, Waschefort fired a two under 70 to vault within a shot of Portugal’s Antonio Rosado.
The overnight leader overcame a bumpy start to post an even-par 72 and extend his stay at the summit of the R20,000 Race to Q-School series opener.
Meanwhile Waschefort burst from the blocks with eight straight pars and reeled in four birdies to offset two bogeys over the last 10 holes to finish on two-under-par 142.
He will start the final round in a tie for second with Tiaan Diedericks, who carded a 71 and fellow Pretoria player, Teagan Moore, who returned a 72.
Waschefort, who shared the low round honours with Neil Meyer, has not played a single event since the Big Easy Tour’s Glendower tournament in August. Instead, the 24-year-old IGT Tour regular spent the time polishing his swing at Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate with his coach, Doug Wood from Wanna Be A Champion.
“I knew I would be playing the full Race to Q-School series, so Doug and I worked very hard on my swing over the last six weeks,” said Waschefort.
“I also put a lot of time in at the gym to get fighting fit for the next two months. I had hoped all the hard graft would pay off.
“After the first round, I told Romano (Saincic) that I just wanted to get myself into a position to challenge in the final round. I’m very pleased with how the day turned out.”
Waschefort erased a bogey at the ninth with a birdie at the 11th and added a pair of birdies at the 15th and 16th holes to his card.
“I just missed an eagle putt at the 15th and knocked a wedge to a foot at the 16th,” he said.
“I was pretty solid off the tee and I hit my irons well, but the wind definitely made approach shots into the greens quite tricky.
“I hit a bad tee shot at the 17th. I had to play from the hazard and dropped a shot there, but I hit a solid wedge into the 18th and two putted for birdie to make up for the drop.
“It’s really nice to come from such a long break and get into contention right away. It lifts you confidence just enough to make you really hungry for the next round.”
Rosado is hunting his fifth title on the country’s premier development Tour this season.
The 29-year-old Vilamoura golfer broke through at the IGT Series Krugersdorp in February and lifted his second title at the IGT Series Centurion in April.
That same month, Rosado claimed the IGT Series Championship at Modderfontein and the Win a Car Final at Elements.
Although he went slightly off the boil for a while, a tie for second and a two top five finishes in his last three starts suggests the Portuguese player could be the man to beat on Friday.
SECOND ROUND SCORES
141 – Antonio Rosado POR 69 72
142 – Jonathan Waschefort 72 70, Tiaan Diederiks 71 71, Teagan Moore (AMA) 70 72
144 – Duane Keun 72 72
145 – Werner van Niekerk 72 73
146 – Terence Boardman 75 71, Ruan Huysamen NAM 74 72
147 – Armandt Scholtz (AMA) 76 71, Marius Meyer (AMA) 70 77
148 – Simon Kruger (AMA) 74 74
149 – Werner van Wyk (AMA) 76 73, Ted Hendriks 75 74, Mark Fairbank (AMA) 75 74, Otto van Greunen 74 75, Jerry Steyn 74 75, Roux Jeffery NAM 72 77, Niel Meyer 79 70
150 – Bryn Flanagan (AMA) 75 75, Russel Franz 77 73
151 – Herman Minnie 76 75, Marco de Beer (AMA) 75 76, Arno Bartholoma GER (AMA) 74 77, Jason Viljoen (AMA) 73 78
152 – Christiaan Pretorius 76 76, Pieter Van der Linde (AMA) 72 80
153 – David Lamprecht 78 75
154 – Romano Saincic 75 79, Brendan De Lange 76 78
156 – Rae Mackie 78 78, Johannes Frahs AUT (AMA) 79 77, Tyron Mc Comb 79 77
157 – Nico Du Buisson (AMA) 72 85, Alwyn Vorster 76 81, Dwayne Coetzee 78 79, Jandre Fullard (AMA) 82 75
158 – Jacques Ungerer 76 82, Philip Geerts ITA (AMA) 82 76
159 – Elvis Sithebe 72 87, Kim Williams 76 83
160 – Stephan De Beer (AMA) 85 75
163 – Tiaan Swart (AMA) 77 86, Rosswell Sinclair (AMA) 79 84
165 – Daniel Joubert (AMA) 83 82
220 – Charles Grobler (AMA) 116 104