15th June 2014 | IGT Challenge Tour
Scholz and Thimba rush to Maheking Pro-Am lead
MAHEKING, 14 June 2014 – Race to USA Irene champion Michael Scholz and his amateur partner, Wayne Erdis, raced their way into the early first round lead of the IGT Tour’s R200,000 Maheking Pro-Am at Leopard Park on Saturday.
Scholz gave the team the perfect start with three birdies in a row from the first, and didn’t drop a shot in his loops of 32 and 33.
Erdis added three birdies to take the team’s total to a superb 10-under-par 62, but their target was matched late in the round by Sunshine Tour winner Toto Thimba and A Pule, Thimba’s amateur partner.
The teams top the Betterball leaderboard at the R200,000 pro-am, sponsored by North West Parks and Tourism Board, on 46 points.
Professional Jeff Inglis and amateur Frans Conradie gathered 45 points to finish in third ahead of Ivan Mazibuko and K Sekowane, who share fourth on 44 points with three other teams, including Race to Sunshine Q-School winner Callum Mowat and his partner Tjaart Viljoen.
Scholz leads the Pro Competition on seven-under-par 65 and has a comfortable three shot lead on Mazibuko. Pieter Kruger, who carded a three under 69, sits at third while defending champion Okkie Strydom leads the bus at two under.
“Wayne is a local player and a very handy eight-handicap, so we dovetailed really well,” said Scholz.
“His knowledge of the course also came in very handy. He told me to avoid the long grass at all costs, so I stuck to two-irons instead of driver and kept out of trouble.
“Although I’m not used to the greens, I really enjoyed the course. It’s in great condition and it was a fun day out there. I left to eagle putts short, but overall I putted well and I’m happy with the way I’m playing. Hopefully it’s good enough to get my name on the winner’s cheque this year.”
Although he looks forward to leading the field in round two, Scholz was even happier about the 100 bucks he made off Strydom. The Sunshine Tour regular picked up five birdies, but three bogeys left him well short of the lead.
“Okkie is gunning for his hat trick this year, so it was just lovely to win the first leg of our side bet,” the renowned South African golfing personality and trick shot specialist teased.
“He has made a tidy R100K off his Maheking Pro-Am wins in the last two years, so R100 is probably pocket change for him, but it’s going to be very nice watching him pay up.”
FIRST ROUND SCORES
65 Michael Scholz
68 Ivan Mazibuko
69 Pieter Kruger
70 Ockert Strydom; DK Kim KOR; Cliff Howes; Toto Thimba Jnr; Hennie Du Plessis (AMA); Jonathan Waschefort
71 Alex Haindl; Jacques de Villiers; Willie Van der Merwe; Jerry Steyn;
72 Deon Bredenkamp; Willie Steyn; Rae Mackie; TJ Bekker; Gert Myburgh; Jaco Prinsloo; Maritz Wessels; Romano Saincic;
73 Thabang Simon; Herman Minnie; Jacques Kruyswijk; Jeff Inglis ENG; James Kamte
74 Russel Franz (AMA); Duane Keun
75 Wayne Stroebel; Coert Groenewald; Lean Boezaart; Aubrey Barnard; JG Claassen; Mike Quinn; Michael Jooste (AMA); Callum Mowat; Hano van der Walt
76 Dean Geyer; Makhetha Mazibuko; David Lamprecht; Hilton Hughes (AMA); Antonio Rosado POR; Werner Van Niekerk; Mike Maile; Arno Bartholoma (AMA); Alwyn Vorster; Conway Kunneke; Victor Nhlapho
77 Khaya Jika; Julian de Wet (AMA); MJ Viljoen; Gerhard Trytsman
78 Wayne du Toit; A Matihola (AMA); Jason Diab (AMA)
79 Danie van Niekerk JNR (AMA); Niel Meyer (AMA); Rhys West; Maurice Prinsloo
80 Buta Nasie (AMA); Christian Kayumba-Mbanga ZIM; Beyers Smith
81 Werner van der Walt; Eduard Van Den Berg (AMA); Jandre Fullard (AMA)
82 Keegan Steyn (AMA); Olebogeng Moikwatlhai (AMA)
84 Rob Menzies ENG
85 Ryan Wingrove (AMA)
87 Eugene Louw (AMA)
92 Peter Tau (AMA)
93 Duncan Ackerman (AMA); James Nonyane (AMA)
97 Basia Ganda