Juran Dreyer took a huge step towards a maiden professional title when he coasted to a six-shot lead in the second round of the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour #12.
After plundering the Lake Club Benoni layout with 10 birdies to take the first round lead on nine-under-par 63, the Free State rookie made the most of the glorious summer’s day and a one-club wind.
He stretch his two shot overnight advantage with an eagle and half-a-dozen birdies for a seven-under 65 that moved him to 16-under for the week.
‘I’m in a really good position to win my first Big Easy IGT, but I’m not thinking too far past my tee-time tomorrow,’ said the 23-year-old Schoeman Park golfer. ‘I was in the same position at the Big Easy IGT #10. I led the field going into the final round, but Stuart Smith walked away with the trophy. I’m obviously keen to win my first pro title, but that’s until the last putt drops.
‘I’ve only dropped two shots in 36 holes. The game is there. The confidence is there. I’ll take both to the course, play shot-for-shot just like I’ve done the last two days and see where it takes me. It will be a mental and physical test. Hopefully I pass with flying colours.’
Dreyer got off to a birdie start at the par five 10th, notched another gain at 12 and knocked in a short putt for three at the par five 15th.
‘I was just off the fairway on the right at 15 and I hit a great 2-iron with a small cut with the wind to six foot and nailed the eagle putt,’ he said. ‘Unfortunately I short-sided myself in the bunker at 17 and couldn’t up-and-down for par.
‘I hit it greenside at 18, chipped it close and boxed the birdie putt to turn four-under. On the back nine, I two-putted both par fives –three and four– and made a two-footer for birdie at five,’ he added.
It could have been another 63, but Dreyer lipped out at seven and left his birdie putt in the mouth on the eighth hole.
‘Those kind of losses you just have to write off immediately,’ he said. ‘I will try to keep playing like this and stay positive. On a course like this, you have to accept everything. That’s the way to go about things,’ said Dreyer.
Second Round Scores
All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified
128 Juran Dreyer (63 65)
134 Tokkie van den Berg (65 69), Blain Sansom (68 66)
135 Michael-James Steyn (65 70)
136 Jason Roets (68 68), Jeff Inglis (ENG) (70 66), Kyle Barker (72 64), Ruan Korb (66 70)
137 Matt Bright (65 72), Dylan Kok (68 69), Conway Kunneke (68 69), Divan Marais (69 68), Eric Nel (69 68), Paul Boshoff (70 67)
138 John McClean (NIR) (68 70), Hayden Griffiths (68 70), Hendrikus Stoop (69 69)
Photo: Juran Dreyer, by CJ du Plooy