13th July 2015 | IGT Challenge Tour
Best of both worlds for Bruyns
CAPE TOWN, 13 July 2015 – Less than 45 minutes after he signed for a five-under-par 67 to take the first round lead in the IGT Cape’s Mowbray Classic on Monday, rugby lover Drikus Bruyns was catching the Craven Week action at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch.
“Watching great rugby and sleeping on a one stroke lead; this is the life” said the Hexriver Valley pro.
It’s not that the Bruyns didn’t care that he spoiled an almost flawless run at Mowbray Golf Club with a double bogey finish, but he believes that what is done, is done.
“I’d rather discuss the positives from Saturday’s game between the Springboks and the World XV than pout about one bad hole,” said the 23-year-old De Doorns golfer.
“I caught a bad lie in the bunker and it went pear-shaped from there and I made six. The rest of my round was brilliant, so why worry about one bad hole.”
With no less three IGT Tour winners, as well as Asian and Sunshine Tour champion Peter Karmis, breathing down his neck, Bruyns is happy to be in the mix early on.
“I am striking the ball really well and my putts were all between six to 10 feet, so it’s nice to be in contention early in the tournament,” he said.
“There are a lot of Sunshine Tour pros in the field and I’ve got most of them on my tail.”
Bruyns leads by one from Sunshine Tour rookie Basson and Adrian Ford, who broke through for a maiden IGT Cape victory in the Milnerton Classic in early June.
Fellow Boland golfer Trevor Mahoney, who broke his IGT Cape duck in the Kuilsrivier Classic, is two off the pace, while Cameron Eau and Keenan Davidse, who won inaugural IGT Cape event – the Metropolitan Classic – are a further stroke adrift.
Karmis, the only player who owns a 59, opened with a 71.
“The IGT Cape winners win a cheque worth R12,000, sponsored by The House of Machines, and that is a very big carrot,” Bruyns said.
“There is only so much you can do about the outcome on the golf course. You can only control your own game and you can’t do anything about a guy who comes out hot and shoots a low round.
“There is no point sitting at home obsessing about the lead or that stupid double bogey. That’s why it’s nice to come out here and cheer for the kids and talk rugby with the fans.”
FIRST ROUND SCORES (TOP 20)
(All players RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as AMA)
67 Drikus Bruyns
68 Adrian Ford; Dwayne Basson
69 Trevor Mahoney
70 Cameron Esau; Keenan Davidse
71 Peter Karmis; Le Roux Ferreira
72 Christian Basson (AMA); Matthew Kent; Christiaan Basson; Louis Claassen
73 Albert Van Zyl (AMA); Danie Pretorius
74 Heinrich Bruiners; Christiaan Bezuidenhout; Jason Diab; Marlon Swarts; Johan du Buisson
76 Kyle Jervis (AMA); Jean-Paul Strydom; Pieter Woest; Gerrit Foster