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Seventeen-year-old amateurs Ross Sinclair and Hennie du Plessis will put friendship aside when they gun for glory against professional Conway Kunneke in the final round of the IGT Tour’s fourth Race to Q-School on Wednesday.

Kunneke fired a flawless five-under-par 67 at Irene Country Club to share pole position on seven under 137 with joint overnight leader Sinclair, who signed for a 69.

Du Plessis from Limpopo, who won the MCB Indian Ocean Amateur Golf Open in Mauritius last week, fired a 68 to finish one off the pace.

South Korea’s DK Kim and Namibian Ruan Huyshamen tied for fourth at five under with a pair of 69s, while joint overnight leaders, Zander Lombard and Breyten Meyer, slipped to three under with 73s.

Sinclair started with a birdie-bogey combination and kept it steady over the next seven holes to reach the turn at even-par. He birdied the 11th and hit it close at the 13th for another birdie.

The GFG Academy player let one slip at the par-four 14th, but made amends back-to-back birdies at the closing holes.

“I had a pretty solid round, but I left a few out there,” said Sinclair.

“I was pretty disappointed with the bogey at two. My second shot went left and I ended up with a tricky lie. I wasn’t sure how to play it and ended up doffing the shot into the bunker.

“At the 14th, I hit the second shot long and couldn’t up-and-down, but I hit it to five foot at 14 and 10 feet at the 18th, which made up for the losses.”

Sinclair enjoyed having the calming influence of fellow amateur and friend, Eric Nel, on the bag.

“I usually pull my own bag, but it was nice having Eric around. He just kept me focussed. He also plays on the IGT Tour, so he knows how stressful it can get out there.

“I finished second a few weeks ago at Wanderers, but I started out nervous. I started chasing a score and pushed way too hard. I’ll play my own game tomorrow. Just let the chips fall.”

Du Plessis enjoyed four top 10 finishes in August and September, including a tie for third at Irene, and is also hunting his first win on the country’s premier development Tour.

The 17-year-old from Sesambos golfer racked up four birdies over the back nine of the 7,085 meter layout to turn four under, and negated a bogey at the fourth with birdie at the par-five ninth.

“It was good to finish with only the one blemish on my card,” he said.

“It might sound like a cliché, but it’s all about hitting fairways and greens at this layout. My back nine was a little quiet, but I played solid golf and I’m happy about the state of my game.”

Former TuksSport Golf Academy player, Nobuhle Dlamini, followed an opening 75 with a 71 to tie for 24th, while fellow Sunshine Ladies Tour campaigner Francesca Cuturi missed the cut, set at 10-over-par 154 after carding an 81.

SECOND ROUND GOLF SCORES

137 – Conway Kunneke 70 67, Rosswell Sinclair (AMA) 68 69

138 – Hennie Du Plessis (AMA) 70 68

139 – DK Kim KOR 70 69, Ruan Huysamen NAM 70 69

140 – Calvin Caldeira (AMA) 71 69

141 – Zander Lombard (AMA) 68 73, Breyten Meyer (AMA) 68 73

142 – Teaghan Gauche (AMA) 70 72, Andi Dill (AMA) 73 69, Teagan Moore (AMA) 72 70, Joubert Van Eeden (AMA) 71 71, Herman Minnie 73 69, Rae Mackie 72 70, Romano Saincic 73 69

143 – Armandt Scholtz (AMA) 71 72

144 – Werner Van Niekerk 75 69, Duane Keun 72 72, Jacquin Hess 72 72, Coert Groenewald 70 74

145 – Russel Franz 71 74, Hilton Hughes (AMA) 72 73, Pieter Kruger 75 70

146 – Nobuhle Dlamini SWZ 75 71, Brendan De Lange 74 72

147 – Jandre Fullard (AMA) 71 76, Stefan Cronje (AMA) 72 75, Robert Herselman FRA 74 73, Niel Meyer 72 75, Pierre Viviers 71 76, Stephan Erasmus (AMA) 72 75, Jonathan Waschefort 75 72, Neil Cheetham ENG 73 74

148 – Werner Van Wyk (AMA) 73 75, Zabastian De Jager (AMA) 76 72, Tristen Strydom (AMA) 75 73, Wayne du Toit 73 75

149 – Jason Froneman (AMA) 73 76, Roux Jeffery NAM 74 75, Leon Scheepers (AMA) 74 75

150 – Marco De Beer (AMA) 75 75, Jaco Mouton 76 74, Jerry Steyn 69 81, Glen de Waal NAM 78 72, Carlos Arroyo (AMA) 73 77, Christiaan Pretorius 76 74, Terence Boardman 79 71, Conor Thornton IRE 72 78

151 – Pieter Van der Linde (AMA) 74 77, Murray Smit 78 73, Michael Steyn (AMA) 77 74, Louis Taylor (AMA) 80 71, Jason Diab (AMA) 74 77, Byron Garvie 75 76

152 – TJ Bekker 76 76, Dwayne Coetzee 76 76, NJ Arnoldi (AMA) 77 75, Mark Fraser 75 77, Wesley Horngren 73 79

153 – Philip Geerts ITA (AMA) 79 74, Arno Pretorius (AMA) 76 77, Johannes Frahs AUT (AMA) 79 74, Slade Fick (AMA) 77 76, Juan Swart 74 79

Missed the cut:-

154 – Victor Nhlapho 79 75, Jacques de Villiers 76 78, Etzard Grimbeek (AMA) 76 78, Keegan Steyn (AMA) 79 75

155 – Francesca Cuturi 74 81, Michael Schutz (AMA) 75 80, Sarel Boshoff (AMA) 76 79, Andre Pistorius 77 78, JC van Dommelen 79 76, Justin Levy NLD 79 76

156 – Gareth Akers (AMA) 79 77

157 – Shaun van Tonder 80 77, David Rebelo (AMA) 79 78

158 – Daniel Joubert (AMA) 80 78

161 – Bryce Leach (AMA) 80 81, Matt Milligan (AMA) 80 81, Werner van der Walt 81 80

162 – Jean-Francois Erasmus (AMA) 79 83, Jacqui Akers (AMA) 80 82, Corne Bloem 79 83, Mark Fairbank (AMA) 78 84

163 – Ryan Wingrove (AMA) 83 80

165 – Pedro August (AMA) 87 78

166 – Quintin Crause (AMA) 87 79, Sergio Alves (AMA) 83 83

168 – James Garlinge (AMA) 85 83, Julian de Wet (AMA) 78 90, Crystal Cooper (AMA) 85 83

169 – Ryan Kuhn (AMA) 83 86

172 – Dylan Raubenheimer (AMA) 84 88, Gustav Erasmus 88 84

173 – David Marks (AMA) 89 84

180 – James Benzien 94 86

WDN – Sean Burger 84 WDN, Albert Visser (AMA) 79 WDN

N/R – Philip Van Graan (AMA) 98 N/R

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