Breyten Meyer finishes second at IGT

JOHANNESBURG, 29 October 2014 – Pretoria amateur Zander Lombard put an exclamation mark on his preparation for the European Tour’s Second Stage Qualifier in Spain next week when he claimed his fifth IGT Tour title at Irene Country Club on Wednesday.

Zander Lombard; credit CJ du Plooy
Zander Lombard; credit CJ du Plooy

Two stunning eagles and five more birdies helped the 19-year-old Woodhill to a nine-under-par 63 in the final round of the fourth event on the Race to Q-School series and a four stroke victory on 12-under-par 204 over Southern Cape amateur, Breyten Meyer.

Lombard leaves for Spain this weekend and was thrilled to finish his warm-up on such a high note.

“If you just practice, you quickly run out of steam,” he said. “Playing the two Race to Q-School events back-to-back helped me to keep my game sharp. I’m still in competitive mode and I feel good about Spain next week.

The big-hitting TuksSport Golf Academy player drove the green at the par-four first and drained in a 15-footer for two and knocked in a short putt for birdie at the next hole.

He reeled in a pair of birdies at the fifth and sixth holes to turn four under and dipped to six under at the par-four 10th after setting up a 10-foot putt with a solidly struck three-wood from the fairway.

“I started four off the pace and I needed a good start,” he said.

“The eagle-birdie start just set the tone for my round. From there on, I just played solid golf. I liked the fact that they set up the course off the back tees. The set-up really suited my game. It was nice to get a little aggressive and go for the pins.”

Lombard picked up another pair of birdies on either side of a bogey at the 14th and drained a four-footer at the par-five 17th for birdie before closing with a par at 18.

“I misjudged the wind at the 14th and short-sided myself,” he said. “I had no green to work with, so I chipped up and made a good two-putt bogey.

“It was a great week here at Irene. They really rolled out the red carpet for us. The course was in great conditions, the greens rolled true and fast and the course was really well prepared. It’s always such a pleasure for us to come and play here.”

Lombard had a trio of wins in five starts on the country’s premier development Tour last year and raised his tally to four at Benoni Country Club in March. In June, he was part of a six-man South African Golf Association squad that competed in top amateur events in England and Scotland.

The British Amateur finalist also competed in a number of top amateur events in the United States in July and represented South Africa at the World Amateur Team Championships in September.

He believes the combined experience served him well at the First Stage of European Tour Qualifying School at Ribagolfe in Portugal at the end of September.

“I felt very comfortable at First Stage,” said the South African number two.

“Competing in top events at home and abroad, and lining up against the pros on the IGT Tour in between was a great learning school. I wasn’t over-confident, but I could handle the pressure.”

He feels confident heading to Second Stage.

“I feel very well prepared. My short game is good, I’m striking the ball well and I have no hesitation when I’m standing over the ball. Wouldn’t it be nice to bottle this feeling and let it out just before I tee it up next Friday.”

Namibia’s Ruan Huysamen (70) shared third on 209 with Limpopo amateur Hennie Du Plessis (71) and joint overnight leader, Conway Kunneke, who returned a 72, while 17-year-old second round co-leader Ross Sinclair closed with a 76 to tie for eighth on three-under-par 213.

Former TuksSport Golf Academy player, Nobuhle Dlamini, was the only female to survive the cut. The Swazi golfer carded rounds of 75, 71 and 75 to finish in joint 34th place on five over 221.

SECOND ROUND SCORES

204 – Zander Lombard (AMA) 68 73 63

208 – Breyten Meyer (AMA) 68 73 67

209 – Ruan Huysamen NAM 70 69 70, Hennie Du Plessis (AMA) 70 68 71, Conway Kunneke 70 67 72

210 – DK Kim KOR 70 69 71

211 – Coert Groenewald 70 74 67

213 – Pieter Kruger 75 70 68, Rosswell Sinclair (AMA) 68 69 76

214 – Hilton Hughes (AMA) 72 73 69, Joubert Van Eeden (AMA) 71 71 72

215 – Russel Franz 71 74 70, Duane Keun 72 72 71, Werner Van Niekerk 75 69 71, Teagan Moore (AMA) 72 70 73, Teaghan Gauche (AMA) 70 72 73

216 – Niel Meyer 72 75 69, Brendan De Lange 74 72 70, Jacquin Hess 72 72 72, Armandt Scholtz (AMA) 71 72 73, Andi Dill (AMA) 73 69 74, Calvin Caldeira (AMA) 71 69 76

217 – Jonathan Waschefort 75 72 70, Romano Saincic 73 69 75

218 – Roux Jeffery NAM 74 75 69, Rae Mackie 72 70 76, Herman Minnie 73 69 76

219 – Jason Froneman (AMA) 73 76 70, Michael Steyn (AMA) 77 74 68

220 – Robert Herselman FRA 74 73 73, Tristen Strydom (AMA) 75 73 72, Stefan Cronje (AMA) 72 75 73, Glen de Waal NAM 78 72 70

221 – Stephan Erasmus (AMA) 72 75 74, Neil Cheetham ENG 73 74 74, Zabastian De Jager (AMA) 76 72 73, Leon Scheepers (AMA) 74 75 72, Nobuhle Dlamini SWZ 75 71 75, Werner Van Wyk (AMA) 73 75 73, Philip Geerts ITA (AMA) 79 74 68

222 – Jaco Mouton 76 74 72, Carlos Arroyo (AMA) 73 77 72, Wesley Horngren 73 79 70

223 – Christiaan Pretorius 76 74 73, Louis Taylor (AMA) 80 71 72

224 – Wayne du Toit 73 75 76

225 – Pierre Viviers 71 76 78, Terence Boardman 79 71 75

226 – Jandre Fullard (AMA) 71 76 79, Jerry Steyn 69 81 76, Byron Garvie 75 76 75, NJ Arnoldi (AMA) 77 75 74, Slade Fick (AMA) 77 76 73, Juan Swart 74 79 73

227 – Pieter Van der Linde (AMA) 74 77 76, Dwayne Coetzee 76 76 75

228 – Conor Thornton IRE 72 78 78, Jason Diab (AMA) 74 77 77, TJ Bekker 76 76 76

229 – Johannes Frahs AUT (AMA) 79 74 76

231 – Marco De Beer (AMA) 75 75 81

232 – Murray Smit 78 73 81

233 – Arno Pretorius (AMA) 76 77 80

234 – Mark Fraser 75 77 82

The IGT Challenge Pro Tour launched in 2010 and has fast grown into South Africa’s premier developmental golf tour, offering a tailor-made gateway for amateurs aspiring to join the pro ranks.

The IGT Challenge Pro Tour provides significant financial opportunities and incentives, and statistical feedback with a full playing schedule of 54-hole and 72-hole tournaments in two provinces that enables its members and non-members to perform at a high level in a strong competitive environment.

This year, the country’s development tour will offer four “Race to” segments, each comprising nine consecutive events in a series, followed by a short break.

The segments include the IGT Series, the Race to the USA, the Race to Asia and the Race to Q-School. The new Race to the USA will offer the leading players the chance to challenge for the chance to compete in the United States, while the Race to Asia will offer eight players the opportunity to compete in the Asian Tour’s Qualifying School early next year with a sponsorship worth more than R350,000.

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