Pretoria golfer Paul Prinsloo seemed oblivious to the cold, wet weather at Wanderers Golf Club as he reeled in nine birdies for an eight-under-par 63 and a share of the second round lead in the IGT Tour’s sixth Race to Q-School on Wednesday.

The GFG Academy player wiped out a nine shot deficit to race into pole position on four-under-par 138 with Calvin Caldeira from Krugersdorp and Dainfern amateur Matthew Spacey, who registered respective rounds of 68 and 70.

The trio will have to watch out for five-time Sunshine Tour winner, Andrew McLardy, who closed the gap on the frontrunners to just one shot with a one-bogey 67.

Overnight leader Jonathan Waschefort (74), Coert Groenewald (70) and amateurs Breyten Meyer (71) and Hennie du Plessis (70) are a further shot adrift.

Prinsloo teed off with a birdie-bogey combination as the heavens opened over Johannesburg, but got back to one under with a birdie at the fourth.

He reached the turn in three under after a pair of birdies at the eighth and ninth, and kept up the breathless pace with birdies at the 11th, 13th, 14th, 16th and 17th.

“I hit the ball really well and I put myself in great positions throughout the round,” the 25-year-old said. “It was pretty miserable and cold out there, especially after the wind also came up on the back nine, but everything gelled just perfectly.

“Apart from two long putts, I hit everything close and the putter did the rest.”

Prinsloo completed the three-year golf programme at the HPC at the University of Tuks before he joined Graeme Francis at the GFG Academy and turned his attention to the pro circuit.

He began competing full time on the country’s premier development Tour to prepare for the Sunshine Tour and earned his card for the Sunshine Tour this season through the Big Easy Tour.

“Thanks to the IGT Tour’s 12-month schedule, I peaked at all the right times on the Big Easy Tour and I was able to avoid Qualifying School,” he said.

The Thabazimbi-born player kicked off the season with victory at the final IGT Q-School Warm-Up at CMR Golf Club in January. Courtesy of cheques at the Mopani Copper Mines Zambia Open, Zambia Sugar Open and the recent BMG Classic at Glendower, he rose to 117th in the Order of Merit.

“Between events, I’ve kept sharp on the IGT Tour and I am using the Race to Q-School to warm up for the Sunshine Tour’s Lion of Africa Cape Town Open later this month,” Prinsloo said.

“After a season of pre-qualifiers, it’s great to be straight in the field, but I need four good rounds at Royal Cape to improve my ranking and keep my card. That’s why I enjoy coming back to where I started.

“On the IGT Tour, you can work on your game 12 months of the year and, if you are playing well, you can fit in three quality rounds of golf and really sharpen your game.”

SECOND ROUND GOLF SCORES

138 - Calvin Caldeira 70 68, Jaco Prinsloo 75 63, Matthew Spacey (AMA) 68 70

139 - Andrew McLardy 72 67

140 - Breyten Meyer (AMA) 69 71, Jonathan Waschefort 66 74, Coert Groenewald 70 70, Hennie du Plessis (AMA) 70 70

141 - Simon Kruger (AMA) 71 70

142 - Ryan Tipping 72 70

143 - Neil Cheetham ENG 71 72, Antonio Rosado POR 71 72, Rae Mackie 72 71, Rosswell Sinclair (AMA) 69 74, Arthur Horne SWZ 73 70

144 - Jacques de Villiers 73 71, Matthew Kent 70 74, Jerry Steyn 71 73

145 - DK Kim KOR 72 73, Bryn Flanagan (AMA) 71 74

146 - Pieter Kruger 72 74, Stephan Erasmus (AMA) 72 74, Armandt Scholtz (AMA) 68 78, Jacquin Hess 73 73

147 - Dylan de Beer 79 68, John McClean NIR 73 74, Herman Minnie 72 75, Werner van Niekerk 76 71, Arno Bartholoma GER 72 75

148 - Michael Armstrong (AMA) 76 72

149 - Christiaan Pretorius 73 76

150 - Ryan Gosling 75 75, Lean Boezaart 77 73, Matthew Kiewitz (AMA) 76 74, Ockert Strydom 71 79, Joubert Van Eeden (AMA) 74 76, Dwayne Coetzee 72 78, Brett Liddle 76 74

151 - Burger Heckroodt (AMA) 78 73, Danie Pretorius 74 77, Russel Franz 73 78, Romano Saincic 77 74

152 - Niel Meyer 73 79, Ruan Huysamen NAM 74 78

153 - Terence Boardman 82 71, Gareth Akers (AMA) 77 76, Mark Fraser 72 81, Sarel Boshoff (AMA) 78 75, Murray Smit 79 74

154 - Andrew Carlsson (AMA) 77 77, Mark Fairbank (AMA) 77 77

Missed the cut:-

155 - Lourens Du Plessis 77 78, Philip Geerts ITA (AMA) 78 77, Matthew Adams (AMA) 77 78, Lenn Flanagan 77 78, Wesley Horngren 78 77, Shaun van Tonder 83 72

156 - Jason Diab (AMA) 77 79, Byron Garvie 77 79, Ryan Wingrove (AMA) 78 78, Matt Milligan (AMA) 77 79

157 - Kyle Lee 81 76, Pierre Viviers 81 76, Pieter Van der Linde (AMA) 79 78, Daniel Joubert (AMA) 77 80

158 - Francesca Cuturi 80 78

159 - Justin Levy NED 78 81

162 - David Marks (AMA) 84 78

165 - Russell Jaques ENG (AMA) 86 79, Mohammed Ismail (AMA) 83 82

171 - Ryan Kuhn (AMA) 83 88

174 - Juan Momberg (AMA) 90 84

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