8th October 2013 | IGT Challenge Tour
69s puts Mowat in charge at ERMP
(Photo – Callum Mowat; credit CJ du Plooy)
BOKSBURG, 8 October 2013 – Callum Mowat is perfectly placed to claim his first IGT Challenge Pro Tour victory after moving two shots clear of the field in Tuesday’s second round at ERPM Golf Club.
The 22-year-old Modderfontein amateur shot a second straight three-under-par 69 to top a crowded leaderboard at the fifth Race to Q-School event at six-under-par 134.
After sharing the first round lead, Mowat now stands on his own ahead of two professionals, Roberto Lupini and joint overnight leader JC van Dommelen, who returned rounds of 67 and 71 respectively.
Mowat, sixth in the country’s amateur rankings, has been campaigning in the Race to Q-School series and has posted top five finishes in three of his four starts.
He has been this position before but faded from contention, so Mowat is taking nothing for granted.
“A couple of times in my amateur career, I’ve gotten ahead of myself,” Mowat said. “Since winning the Southern Cape Open in August, I’ve come to realized that you can’t do that. You have to focus on the present, not the possible outcome.”
But there’s nothing wrong with his timing so far this week.
After a rather shaky start with a bogey at the 11th and birdie at the 12th, Mowat kept any losses off his card and turned with an even 36.
“With nine to play, I just wanted to make birdies at the two par-fives, make par on the rest and eliminate the mistakes for a 70,” he said. “That would still put me in a good position for the final round.”
Sticking to the game plan, Mowat birdied the par-five second and fourth and was rewarded for his patience when he hit it stiff at the par-four eighth and poured in the birdie putt to finish three under.
“I still felt like I left a few out there, but at the same time, I stayed patient and executed what I planned,” he said. “I hope I can replicate this formula in the final round, whatever the outcome.”
Closing out for a win would be first prize, but Mowat said a victory would be a pure bonus.
“I’m not out here playing for money or titles,” he explained. “I am playing the Race to Q-School to achieve a level of consistency because that has been a huge problem with my game.
“I’m trying to finish in the top five every time I tee it up, purely because that’s what I’m going to need if I hope to earn a card at the Sunshine Tour Q-School. You have to be able to trust that you can produce consistent results before you even consider turning pro. So far, so good, though.”
While Lupine reeled in five birdies and an eagle three at the par-five 17th against a lone bogey at the first hole, Benoni’s Van Dommelen picked up two birdies in his outward loop and another two coming home, he erased the advantage with three bogeys.
Unlike the first round, when only four players managed to break par, the second round left 10 players below par, including Lean Boezaart, Cilliers Naude and James Searson, who finished joint fourth after carding 67s, the lowest score of the day.
The cut was set at 12-over-par 156, leaving 54 players to contest the final round.
FIRST ROUND SCORES (Top 20 and ties)
All competitors RSA unless otherwise indicated; amateurs = AMA
138 – Callum Mowat AMA 69 69
140 – Roberto Lupini 73 67, JC van Dommelen 69 71
141 – Lean Boezaart 74 67, Cilliers Naude 74 67, James Searson 74 67
142 – Dongkwan Kim 73 69, Johan Theron 74 68
143 – Bryandrew Roelofsz 72 71, Dylan de Beer 71 72
144 – Wayne Stroebel 73 71
145 – Rae Mackie 75 70, Jaco Prinsloo 73 72, Alwyn Vorster 74 71, Jacques de Villiers 74 71
146 – Brendan De Lange 73 73, Terence Boardman 72 74
147 – Jacques Prinsloo 70 77, Tyron Mc Comb 74 73, Jarrod Cole-Edwards 78 69, Byron Garvie 73 74