MODIMOLLE, Limpopo (8 October 2014) – Amateurs Breyten Meyer and Teagan Moore made a splendid start in the first IGT Tour’s Race to Q-School series opener at Koro Creek Golf Estate on Wednesday.
Both amateurs registered two-under-par 70s to trail by one shot from pacesetter, Antonio Rosado, from Portugal.
Tian Diedericks, the only other player in the 50-strong field to break par, carded a 71 and leads by one from Elvis Sithebe, Duane Keun, Jonathan Waschefort, Race to Asian Q-School winner Werner van Niekerk, Namibian pro Roux Jeffery and amateurs, Nico Du Buisson and Pieter van der Linde.
Rosado racked up four victories on the country’s premier development Tour early in the season, but fell off the pace during the recent Race to Asian Q-School series.
However, the Vilamoura golfer came into some form in the last two events and will be gunning for his fifth podium finish and the lion’s share of the R20,000 purse on offer.
Meyer and Moore from Ekurhuleni, who both competed in the recent SA Inter-Provincial, also carried form into the series opener, but their goals are far removed from Rosado’s.
“We can’t win money as amateurs, anyway, but for me, the next two months is all about preparing for the Sunshine Tour’s Qualifying School,” Meyer said.
“The Race to Q-School will help me gauge where my game is at and whether I’m ready for the big league.
“Teagan isn’t turning pro next year, but this is a great stage to test himself and to see what aspects of his game he needs to improve on.”
Meyer, Armandt Scholtz from Boland and Western Province’s Dylan Raubenheimer rented a house in Midrand and the trio plan to play the full Race to Q-School series to prepare for Qualifying School in late January next year.
The 22-year-old Kingswood golfer said the round was a bonus.
“We only arrived in Gauteng a few days ago and I haven’t had the chance to properly adjust to the altitude,” he said. “I’m still getting my head around the distances you can hit it up here, so I had low expectations coming into the first event.”
Meyer reeled in four birdies, but also dropped four shots in the first 10 holes.
“The Koro Creek course is really spectacular and the layout is very interesting, but the greens were a bit of a challenge,” he said. “They were hollow tined for winter and they are still a little bumpy. The wind came up in the afternoon and made things tricky, but overall, it was a good day out there.
“I holed a lot of crucial putts and I gave myself a lot of chances to score. I am very happy with how I played. I didn’t see it coming and I am feeling good about my game right now.”
Moore was equally pleased with his first round performance.
“I’ve been hitting the ball well the last couple of weeks, so it was nice to get in a good round,” the 21-year-old said.
“I had 32 putts and hit 10 greens in regulation, which shows me that I still have some work to do, though. I hit a fairway bunker at the 10th and couldn’t up and down for par, and had a three-putt bogey from 30 feet at the 15th, but it’s definitely a start to build on.”
FIRST ROUND SCORES
69 – Antonio Rosado POR
70 – Marius Meyer (AMA), Teagan Moore (AMA)
71 – Tiaan Diederiks
72 – Nico Du Buisson (AMA), Duane Keun, Werner Van Niekerk, Roux Jeffery NAM, Jonathan Waschefort, Pieter Van der Linde (AMA), Elvis Sithebe
73 – Jason Viljoen (AMA)
74 – Jerry Steyn, Arno Bartholoma GER (AMA), Otto van Greunen, Simon Kruger (AMA), Matt Westner, Ruan Huysamen NAM
75 – Marco De Beer (AMA), Bryn Flanagan (AMA), Mark Fairbank (AMA), Ted Hendriks, Terence Boardman, Bryandrew Roelofsz, Romano Saincic
76 – Werner Van Wyk (AMA), Christiaan Pretorius, Herman Minnie, Armandt Scholtz (AMA), Alwyn Vorster, Kim Williams, Brendan De Lange, Jacques Ungerer
77 – Russel Franz, Tiaan Swart (AMA)
78 – Rae Mackie, TJ Bekker, David Lamprecht, Dwayne Coetzee
79 – Niel Meyer (AMA), Johannes Frahs AUT (AMA), Tyron Mc Comb, Rosswell Sinclair (AMA)
80 – Lourens Du Plessis (AMA)
82 – Jandre Fullard (AMA), Philip Geerts ITA (AMA), Stef Visage
83 – Daniel Joubert (AMA)
85 – Stephan De Beer (AMA)
116 – Charles Grobler (AMA)
WDN – Louis Taylor (AMA)
N/R – Kyle Bennett