24th October 2017 | IGT Challenge Tour
Masterful Moralee roars clear at Race to Q-School
(PHOTO – Cameron Moralee; CJ du Plooy)
ROODEPOORT, 24 October 2017 – Cameron Moralee moved another step closer to a maiden IGT Challenge Tour title when he stretched his overnight lead in the third Race to Q-School with another low round on Tuesday.
The 20-year-old Dainfern amateur has racked up top five finishes in his three starts on the country’s premier golf development circuit. On a day of low scoring, he put himself in the perfect position to claim that first victory with a seven-under-par 65 at Ruimsig Country Club.
Having set the first round target at six under, Moralee produced seven birdies and an eagle at the par five fourth on day two to move to 13 under. He will start the final push with a three shot lead over Italy’s Philip Geerts and Ruan Groenewald from Mpumalanga.
Groenewald earned the low round honours with a blistering 64, while Geerts returned a 66 that was matched by Ruan Korb, Keanu Pestana and Sunshine Ladies Tour rookie Ivanna Samu, who was flawless around her home course.
Moralee said consistency has been the key to his performance at Ruimsig.
“My game has been very consistent from tee to green this week and you need to do that around this golf course,” said Moralee.
“It’s is all about hitting the ball in the right spots off the tee and into the greens. I managed to do that, and a few more putts dropped today. I still missed at least five putts inside eight feet, which was frustrating. I played similarly in the first round, but the ball striking was just a little better today.
“The eagle was very nice. I hit two-iron down the fairway and it went a bit straighter than I hoped for. I had 250 metres to the flag into a right to left wind. I hit three-wood to 20 feet behind the flag and I managed to drain the putt. It always gives you confidence when you can pick up an eagle, especially after missing a two-footer for par at the second hole.”
So far this season, four amateurs – Louis Albertse, Rupert Kaminski, Leon Visser and last week’s Race to Q-School Pecanwood winner Theunie Bezuidenhout – have outclassed the professionals on the IGT Challenge Tour and Moralee would love to push the tally to five.
However, the Dainfern golfer is taking nothing for granted.
“It’s a decent lead, but I will need to make a solid start and keep it going,” Moralee said. “If someone goes on a tear like Ruan did today, three shots might not hold up.
“Even though we are playing off the back tips, there were a couple of 66s and 67s, so another low round is definitely there for the taking. We’re getting to the business end of the year, so all the guys are hungry to bag a win before the season wraps up. I don’t think you can afford to get complacent, even with a pretty decent cushion.”