1st October 2014 | IGT Challenge Tour

Showdown looms at final Race to Asian Q-School

Wanderers30SepDay1 (102)(Photo – Ross Sinclair; credit CJ du Plooy)

JOHANNESBURG, 1 October 2014 – Pretoria amateur Ross Sinclair used a pair of eagles to slam-dunk his way into a share of the second round lead in the IGT Tour’s final Race to the Asian Q-School at the Wanderers Golf Club on Wednesday.

The 17-year-old Centurion golfer fired a four-under-par 67 to post the low round of the day and finish alongside John McClean from Northern Ireland and fellow amateurs, Simon Kruger and Bryn Flanagan, at three-over-par 145

McClean and Kruger both returned 73s, while overnight leader Flanagan battled back from a shaky start to return a 74.

Terence Boardman carded a 72 and amateur Calvin Caldeira registered a 71 to finish one stroke back, while Race to Asian Q-School CMR winner, Tyron Mc Comb, lurks a further shot back after a 74.

The early morning starters endured the worst of the strong wind at the tight layout, but Sinclair tamed the tricky greens with an aggressive approach.

Sinclair dropped a shot at the 12th after a birdie start, but knocked in a 20-footer for eagle at the par-five 13th to go two under. He turned in even-par after a three-putt double bogey at the 17th, but rallied to start the back nine with a birdie at the par-five first.

After draining another birdie putt at the sixth, Sinclair chipped in for eagle at the par-four eighth.

“The hole played 315 meters and the wind was off the left,” Sinclair said. “I decided to go for it, but I hit the back edge of the green. I had 15 meters to the pin, with a two meter break right to left and I hit the chip just perfectly.

“I felt really good this morning, so I decided to get a little more aggressive. I holed some good putts and read the lines well. I’m feeling good about my recent form.”

Sinclair’s game has significantly improved in the last three months.

He impressed with a top five finish at the SA Boys U-17 Championship in July and racked up top 10 finishes in the Race to Asian Q-School at Wingate Park and CMR in August and September.

“I would love to win the last tournament,” the GFG Academy player said.

“I’m only 17, so I guess I would have to apply for permission to play, but it would be such a fantastic opportunity to go with the other winners to the Asian Tour’s Qualifying School next year.

“It’s a chance of a lifetime to test yourself in a completely different environment; it will take you completely out of your comfort zone and I think the experience would be incredible.

“I just want to play well tomorrow. I’m in a good position but I can’t control what the others are doing. I’ll let the end result take care of itself.”

First round leader Flanagan was thrilled to still have a chance to challenge after a roller-coaster round.

“I had three birdies, two bogeys, two double bogeys and an eagle and that was just the front nine,” the Wanderers golfer said. “I bogeyed the 10th and dropped two shots at the 11th before I got things back on track with a birdie at the 13th and five straight pars.

“It was a rollercoaster alright. The wind was blustery and swirling and the conditions were tough. I was three over with seven holes to go and I just told myself to settle down to try to set back to where I started. I’m rapped to be back to still be contention.”


145 – Rosswell Sinclair (AMA) 78 67, John McClean 73 72 NIR, Simon Kruger (AMA) 72 73, Bryn Flanagan (AMA) 71 74

146 – Calvin Caldeira (AMA) 75 71, Terence Boardman 74 72

147 – Tyron Mc Comb 73 74

148 – Niel Meyer (AMA) 80 68, TJ Bekker 74 74

149 – Lean Boezaart 78 71, Werner Van Niekerk 79 70, DK Kim KOR 75 74, Matt Westner 72 77

150 – Bryandrew Roelofsz 74 76

151 – Shaun van Tonder 77 74, Coert Groenewald 77 74, Andrew McLardy 77 74, Philip Geerts ITA (AMA) 78 73, Andi Dill (AMA) 76 75

152 – Christiaan Pretorius 77 75, Antonio Rosado POR 76 76

153 – Neal Herman (AMA) 77 76, Byron Garvie 82 71

154 – Zabastian de Jager (AMA) 78 76, Dwayne Coetzee 78 76, David Lamprecht 76 78, Pieter Van der Linde (AMA) 76 78, Wayne du Toit 81 73, Rae Mackie 72 82

155 – Matthew Kiewitz (AMA) 75 80

156 – Russel Franz 79 77, Stephan Erasmus (AMA) 82 74, David Nortje (AMA) 82 74, JP Schmidt (AMA) 73 83

157 – Jacques Ungerer 79 78

158 – David Rebelo (AMA) 83 75

Missed the cut:-

159 – Paul Cuningham 77 82

160 – Jacqui Akers (AMA) 78 82

161 – Creag Donaldson (AMA) 83 78

162 – Alwyn Vorster 76 86, Francesca Cuturi 81 81, Pierre Viviers 83 79

163 – Lourens du Plessis (AMA) 82 81

164 – Jabulani Nkosi (AMA) 77 87

167 – Robert Herselman FRA 82 85

170 – Glen de Waal NAM 87 83

171 – James Garlinge (AMA) 87 84

172 – Tim Garner 85 87

178 – Werner Lourens (AMA) 93 85

213 – Charles Grobler (AMA) 107 106

N/R – Hennie du Plessis (AMA) 74 N/R

DSQ – Marco de Beer (AMA) 77 DSQ

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