3rd October 2017 | IGT Challenge Tour
Pieters leads the final eight in Zwartkop Match Play
CENTURION, 3 October 2017 – Former Sunshine Tour winner Brandon Pieters will line up alongside a host of graduates and past winners in pursuit of his first IGT Challenge Tour title when the quarter-final matches in the IGT Zwartkop Match Play 2017 tee off at Zwartkop Country Club this afternoon.
All eight quarter-finalists had a first round bye.
Pieters made a fast start against Ruimsig amateur Herman Anderson in the second round to go 3-up at the turn. Anderson dug in and won holes 10, 13, 14 and 15 to level the score, but Pieters claimed 17 and 18 to beat Anderson 2-up.
The Benoni Lake professional hit his stride in the third round and went 5-up on Bryce Myburgh through the first six holes. A birdie before the turn moved Pieters 6-up and he routed Myburg 7 & 5 with victories at 12 and 13.
He will face the Sunshine Tour’s Breyten Meyer in round four.
The IGT Challenge Tour graduate from the Southern Cape downed Francois Viljoen 2 & 1 and knocked out amateur Marcus Smal 2-up to make the final eight.
Former Sanlam SA Amateur champion Thriston Lawrence is back to his blistering best.
The Nelspruit golfer whipped Blue Valley golfer Tristan Webel 7 & 5 in the second round and downed Wingate Park amateur JP Cooper 5 & 4 in round three.
He will face off against Leon Visser, who dispatched three-time Sunshine Tour champion Louis de Jager 1-up in round two before he eliminated Wayne du Toit 4 & 3 for a spot in the quarter-final.
Former Sunshine Tour Qualifying School winner Hennie du Plessis will challenge Pieter Moolman for a spot in the final four.
Du Plessis handed amateur Jacques Staats a 6 & 5 drubbing and dispatched KwaZulu-Natal amateur Matthew Hands 5 & 3. Moolman needed an extra hole to knock out Pretoria amateur Chris van der Merwe, but had less of a fight on his hands from Van Der Merwe’s Gauteng North SA Inter-Provincial team-mate David Opperman, who went down 3 & 2.
In the final match, Centurion amateur Eric Nel goes head-to-head with 12-time IGT Challenge Tour winner Ockie Strydom.
Nel dispatched Western Province amateur Dan Copeman 2-up and downed Jacques Rossouw 4 & 2, while Strydom edged out Aaron Lugtenburg 3 & 1 before he knocked out Clinton Grobler 4 & 3 in the third round.