7th October 2013 | IGT Challenge Tour

Mowat and Van Dommelen a happy double act at ERMP

(Photo – JC van Dommelen; credit CJ du Plooy)JCvDomellin

BOKSBURG, 7 October 2013 – Modderfontein amateur Callum Mowat was in buoyant mood after a three-under-par 69 earned him a share of the first round lead, but Benoni’s JC van Dommelen had more reasons to smile after joining the amateur in pole at the fifth IGT Tour’s Race to Q-School.

The Bonaero Park golfer is struggling with his swing and was delighted to convert for five birdies on a very blustery day at the 7,303m par-72 ERPM layout in Boksburg.

“Only four guys broke par, so that gives you an idea of how the wind pumped out there,” the 19-year-old said. “I’m hitting it left because my hands are flipping too fast and against that wind, I really had to fight for that 69. Sharing the lead is a great bonus.”

The leading pair lead is one shot clear of Jacques Prinsloo, two ahead of Dylan de Beer and three clear of Terence Boardman, Bryandrew Roelofsz and Aubrey Barnard.

Van Dommelen was going along nicely with birdies at the sixth and eighth, but his tee shot at the par-four ninth veered left, forcing him to punch out left-handed from behind some trees.

He paid the price of that wayward tee shot with his first bogey of the day, but after pars at the 10th and 11th holes, the 19-year-old got his groove back with back-to-back birdies at the 12th and 13th.

“I hit a great seven-iron into the par-three to two foot and boxed the birdie putt,” Van Dommelen said. “At the par-five my tee shot landed left, just off the fairway. I hit a huge six-iron into the green and two-putted for birdie.”

The GFG Academy student had to rescue himself again after at the 17th his tee shot parked behind some trees on the left, but this time he got it to green and knocked a two-footer in for birdie.

But the wayward swing landed him behind some tall pines at the 18th, and this time he didn’t have Lady Luck on his side. “I had to hit a hook to get around those tall pine trees but I didn’t execute the shot well enough and finished left of the green. With the pin tucked left, I hardly any green to work with and dropped another shot.

“I am working on controlling my hands better, but I am taking a lot of confidence from the fact that I was hitting my irons well. I coped well mentally, as well, every time I got myself into a sticky mess.”

Meanwhile Mowat is hunting a breakthrough on the IGT Tour posting three top five finishes in the first four events in this year’s IGT Tour Race to Q-School battle.

“I had a very up-and-down round, one of those where you would rather hide your scorecard than show it off,” the country’s number six ranked amateur said.

“Eight birdies and five bogeys; not exactly great golf. I fought hard to come back after every bogey, though, and finished ahead of the pack, so I’ll take some confidence from that.”

FIRST ROUND SCORES (Top 20 and ties)

All competitors RSA unless otherwise indicated; amateurs = AMA

69 – Callum Mowat AMA, JC van Dommelen

70 – Jacques Prinsloo

71 – Dylan de Beer

72 – Terence Boardman, Bryandrew Roelofsz, Aubrey Barnard

73 – Wayne Stroebel, Dongkwan Kim, Byron Garvie, Roberto Lupini, Brendan de Lange, Andi Dill AMA, Jaco Prinsloo

74 – Jacques de Villiers, Johan Theron, Tyron McComb, Lean Boezaart, James Searson, Cilliers Naude, Gideon Pienaar, Alwyn Vorster

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