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Two-shot lead for Bezuidenhout at Pecanwood

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Rustenburg amateur Theunis Bezuidenhout took a huge step towards a maiden IGT Challenge Tour title on Tuesday when he opened up a two-shot lead in the second Race to Q-School at Pecanwood Golf and Country Club after two rounds.

The 22-year-old began brightly, opening with a birdie before adding two more at four and five. A bogey at six pegged him back, but he picked up a birdie at seven before dropping another shot at the eighth for a two under front nine. Further gains at 10, 14, 16 and 17 moved him to the top of the pile at 10 under 134.

‘I’m pleased with that,’ said Bezuidenhout. ‘I played nicely on the front nine, but made a few silly mistakes. Then it all clicked and I had a good back nine. We can attack the flags out there and it gives us a chance to score low. I also putted better. If your score is low, it’s usually the putter that helps.’

Bezuidenhout made his debut on the country’s premier golf development circuit last year.

He only made two cuts in seven starts, but in his seven starts since the 2017 IGT Challenge Tour season kicked off in March, he racked up four consecutive top 10 finishes after a tie for second in the Pecanwood Challenge in May.

‘I’ve been adjusting and adapting to situations out on the IGT Challenge Tour,’ he said. ‘It’s all new to me and I’m still learning but I’m settling in very nicely and it’s great to be in a position to challenge for the title.

‘The experience I’ve gained out here has impacted positively on my performance on the South African Golf Association’s Open Amateur circuit. I’ve had five top five finishes, I haven’t missed a cut this season and I’ve climbed to 10th in the rankings.

‘My big goal is to break into the top five and to make a national team, so it’s great to have the IGT circuit to play when we have a break on the amateur schedule. It helps me stay competitive but moreover, I’ve learned to cope with pressure better and I’ve gained greater consistency.’

No fewer than 17 players broke par in round two and six players are within striking distance of the leader on a jam-packed leaderboard.

Joining Bezuidenhout in the final group on Wednesday will be this year’s first Race to Q-School champion Estiaan Conradie and fellow Pretoria golfer Paul Boshoff.

Conradie carded a 68 and Boshoff had a lone bogey on his way to a 67. Big-hitting Pieter Moolman from Benoni Lake, who led the first round at Copperleaf last week, also got into the mix at eight under with a flawless 65, the low round of the tournament.

Joubert van Eeden returned a 67 to finish three off the pace.

Overnight leader Wayne du Toit offset two bogeys with a pair of birdies for a 72 to tie for sixth at six under with Ruan Conradie. The current IGT Challenge Tour Money Leader, a three-time winner this season, posted 71.

Picture of Bezuidenhout courtesy of CJ du Plooy

Second Round Scores
All competitors SA unless otherwise specified and amateurs are indicated as AMA
134 – Theunis Bezuidenhout AMA 68 66
136 – Paul Boshoff 69 67, Estiaan Conradie 68 68, Pieter Moolman 71 65
137 – Joubert van Eeden 70 67
138 – Ruan Conradie 67 71, Wayne du Toit 66 72
139 – Ruan Korb 68 71
140 – Leon Visser AMA 72 68, Jade Buitendag 67 73, Cameron Moralee AMA 67 73, Roberto Lupini 71 69
141 – Etienne Janse van Rensburg AMA 71 70, Tertius van den Berg 71 70
142 – Mark Williams 71 71, Jack Duthie 73 69
143 – Sipho Bujela 74 69, Jason Diab 72 71
144 – Patric Dowling AMA 73 71, Beyers Smith 67 77, Dylan O’Leary 72 72, Quintin Crause 71 73
145 – Angus Ellis-Cole AMA 73 72, Matt Bright 70 75
146 – Louis Albertse AMA 72 74
147 – Gareth Anderson AMA 75 72, Juan Langeveld 68 79, Marthin Scheepers 71 76
148 – Phillip Kruse AMA 76 72, Armand van Dyk AMA 74 74, Eric Nel AMA 77 71, Eugene Marugi 74 74, Romano Saincic 72 76
150 – Cedric Brummer 76 74
151 – Divan Marais 74 77, Bryce Myburgh 70 81
Missed the cut:-
152 – Ryan Wingrove AMA 76 76, Matthew Rossouw AMA 78 74
156 – Jay Fourie 83 73, WM Coetzee AMA 76 80
157 – Matthew Vogel 75 82
158 – Eric Park (KOR) 81 77
173 – Anton van Dyk AMA (a) 82 91
WDN – Brandon Pieters 73 WDN


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