8 November 2017

South Africa: Second Round 65 As Geerts Grabs Centurion Lead

The second round leaderboard at Centurion Country Club was awash with red numbers, but a seven-under-par 65 moved Italy's Philip Geerts to the top of the pile in the fifth Race to Q-School on Tuesday.

On a day when a total of 30 players broke par, Geerts backed up an eagle start at the par five first with half-a-dozen birdies to lead the way at nine-under 135.

First round leader Andy Dill couldn't match his score of 67 and his 75 on Tuesday saw him dropping seven shots off the pace.

'There are at least 12 players within five shots of my lead and they are still very much in contention,' said Geerts. 'They won't give it to me. I will come out with the same strategy and play aggressively and hopefully it will land me my first IGT Challenge Tour win.'

Seasoned campaigner Pieter Kruger went round in 67 strokes to lead the chasing pack at eight under and current Race to Q-School leader Estiaan Conradie also carded a 67 to finish a further stroke back.

Conway Kunneke and Ruan Conradie posted respective rounds of 68 and 67 to finish within three shots of the lead, while a 65 from Paul Boshoff and a 66 from Toto Thimba Junior moved the duo into joint sixth at five under alongside Clinton Grobler (70) and Teboho Sefatsa (69).

After the eagle start for a second successive day, Geerts bogeyed the third when he failed to get up-and-down from the bunker, but he recovered the shot with a birdie at five. Further gains at seven, 10 and 11 moved him to five under.

'I hit a lot of really great tee shots and mostly had short irons or wedges in,' he said. 'My irons and the putter was really hot over the first 11 holes, but unfortunately I didn't make the most of my birdie chances at the two par fives on the back nine.

'I hit another great drive down 14 and a 58-degree wedge from 72 metres to give. Then I almost holed out again at 17. I made my seventh ace in tournament golf there yesterday with a gap-wedge from 130 metres. Today I had the same wind and the same club and the hole playing 133 metres. I hit it right next to the hole and tapped-in for the last birdie.

'I really like the way they have changed the layout of the course this week. We are playing the 16th and 17th holes as eight and nine, and the closing holes are the eighth and the ninth holes, so it makes for a very exciting finish.'

Geerts made a strong start to the 18-event Race to Q-School series with a tie for second at Ruimsig and joint fourth in Germiston last week.

'Although I am into final stage also for the Alps Tour Q-School, my dream has always to compete on the Sunshine Tour,' he said. 'I'm really happy with the way my Race to Q-School is going.

'My goal this season is to finish the Race to Q-School Series in the top 10 so I will be exempt for the Final Stage. It was a really solid two days, but the going will be tough in the final round. But who knows, maybe it will be my turn to lift the trophy.'

Second round scores

All competitors SA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as AMA

135 - Philip Geerts (ITA) 70 65

136 - Pieter Kruger 69 67

137 - Estiaan Conradie 70 67

138 - Conway Kunneke 70 68, Ruan Conradie 71 67

139 - Clinton Grobler 69 70, Teboho Sefatsa 70 69, Paul Boshoff 74 65, Toto Thimba Jnr 73 66

140 - Teagan Moore 70 70, Duane Keun 74 66, Maritz Wessels 73 67, Bryce Myburgh 73 67

141 - Luke Trocado 72 69, Roberto Lupini 74 67, Marthin Scheepers 71 70, Theunis Bezuidenhout AMA 72 69, Marco de Beer 70 71

142 - Ruan Groenewald AMA 69 73, Makhetha Mazibuko 73 69, Peetie van der Merwe AMA 77 65, Andi Dill 67 75

143 - Michael Steyn 70 73, Ruan Korb 75 68, Juan Langeveld 70 73, Patrick Thompson 71 72, David Mofokeng (LSO) 72 71, Matt Bright 72 71

144 - Keelan van Wyk AMA 71 73, Lejan Lewthwaite 75 69

145 - NJ van der Walt AMA 76 69, Divan Marais 71 74, Eric Nel AMA 75 70, Phillip Kruse AMA 73 72, Rudolph van de Venter AMA 72 73

146 - Michael Dreyer 75 71, Bennie van der Merwe 74 72, Michael Schutz 72 74, Albert Venter 75 71, Jonathan Waschefort 73 73, Quintin Crause 73 73

147 - John McClean (NIR) 73 74, Hendrikus Stoop AMA 73 74, Tertius van den Berg 72 75, Azelia Meichtry AMA 75 72, Louis Albertse AMA 78 69

148 - Albert Visser 74 74, Basil Wright 76 72, Jack Duthie 75 73, Jay Fourie 78 70

149 - Andrew Carlsson AMA 74 75, Wayne du Toit 73 76, Jason Roets 77 72, Johan van der Wath 75 74, Benjamin Follett-Smith (ZIM) 76 73, Paulo Serrao AMA (POR) 73 76, Gareth Anderson AMA 77 72

150 - Duan Nagel AMA 75 75, Hanro Kilian AMA 78 72, Heinrich Penzhorn AMA 74 76, Thabi Ngcobo 78 72

151 - Shaun van Tonder 76 75, Gary Jutzen AMA 77 74

Missed the cut:-

152 - Catherine Lau AMA 75 77, Mae Cornforth 77 75, Luke Brown AMA 74 78

153 - Luke Kelly 77 76, Ryan Wingrove AMA 81 72

154 - Jason Reynolds AMA 76 78, Andre Pistorius 76 78

155 - Marcus Smal AMA 79 76, Divan de Villiers AMA 78 77, Donald Makhafola AMA 76 79, Eric Park (KOR) 79 76, Werner van Wyk 83 72, Jason Ackerman AMA 76 79

156 - Dennis Williams AMA 80 76, Songezo Sonamzi 78 78, Jade Buitendag 81 75, Phumlani Maluka AMA 80 76

157 - Tudor Bismark (ZIM) 78 79

158 - Matthew Rossouw AMA 80 78, Dylan Morton AMA 78 80, Allen Jirek AMA (CZ) 81 77

159 - Michael Kok AMA 78 81, Valentin Graus (NLD) 80 79

161 - Tristan Webel AMA 76 85

163 - Cameron Gunning 80 83

164 - Adrian Brabson AMA 81 83

167 - Bryce Webel AMA 86 81

170 - Victor Kau 87 83

172 - Charles Bates AMA 87 85

175 - Tiaan Greyvenstein AMA (AUS) 90 85

187 - Phillip De Waal 101 86

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