23rd June 2015 | IGT Challenge Tour
Kent to the fore at Kuilsrivier Classic
The Western Province golfer carded a 69 at Kuilsrivier Golf Club to move to seven-under-par 137, finishing one stroke clear of Trevor Mahoney, who stayed in touch with a 71.
Overnight leader Armandt Scholtz mixed three birdies with three bogeys for a 72. The Boland amateur skulks two strokes off the pace with JP Strydom, who returned a 69.
Rhys West, who took third in the Mopani/Redpath Zambia Open in April, finished on four under after signing for a 68.
He joined fellow Sunshine Tour pros Heinrich Bruiners and recent Milnerton Classic champion Adrian Ford in a tie for fifth after both players registered 71s.
Asian Tour winner Peter Karmis vaulted to four under with a 67 and the low round of the day left the Fish Hoek pro in a tie for eighth alongside Province amateur Altin van der Merwe (70) and Boland pro Dwayne Basson (72).
On a day where the course set-up was designed to test the patience of the players, Kent and Mahoney interrupted a string of pars with a bogey and a pair of birdies each, but Kent pushed to his way to the front after holing out for a superb eagle at 14.
“I wasn’t playing particularly well and it was one of those rounds where you just had to stay patient and grind your way around,” the 28-year-old Clovelly player said.
“My only birdie of the day dropped at the sixth, but the 14th was set up nicely and I knew I had to go for an eagle. I needed to make something happen, because I was well off the pace. It went through my mind that I might not get the chance in the final round and I just went for it.”
Kent bombed a great drive down the fairway, leaving himself a sand-wedge into par-five.
“I almost holed out,” he said. “The ball skipped around the hole and stopped half a foot away. It was a relief to box the putt. It put me right there with the leaders and that’s exactly where I want to be.”
Kent competed on the IGT Tour in Gauteng in the latter part of 2014 and was in with a chance a few times, but never pulled it through.
“I wasn’t consistent enough and I believe that being in contention every week is really important. It helps you turn the pressure into something positive, like I was able to do with the eagle. That’s why I am going to split my time between the IGT Cape and the IGT Tour in Gauteng.
“I need to gain consistency and challenge every week if I want to get on the Sunshine Tour next year.”
SECOND ROUND SCORES (TOP 20)
137 Matthew Kent 68 69
138 Trevor Mahoney 67 71
139 Jean-Paul Strydom 70 69; Armandt Scholtz (AMA) 67 72
140 Rhys West 72 68; Adrian Ford 69 71; Heinrich Bruiners 69 71
141 Peter Karmis 74 67; Altin van der Merwe (AMA) 71 70; Dwayne Basson 69 72
142 Christiaan Basson 71 71; JJ Senekal 69 73
143 Christian Basson (AMA) 72 71; Keenan Davidse 71 72
144 Albert van Zyl (AMA) 76 68; Kyle Jervis (AMA) 74 70; Drikus Bruyns 72 72; Breyten Meyer 71 73
147 Bertie Steenkamp (AMA) 75 72
148 Andrew Light 73 75; Cameron Esau 73 75
PHOTO – Kuilsrivier Classic second round leader Matthew Kent; credit IGT Cape.