2nd November 2015 | IGT Challenge Tour
Sinclair sizzles at Centurion Race to Q-School
TSHWANE, 2 November 2015 – Ross Sinclair has no Qualifying School aspirations, but South Africa’s number one ranked junior does have some lofty goals before the end of the season and he was understandably pleased to be leading the first round of the IGT Tour’s fifth Race to Q-School, presented by the Pro Squad Academy, on Monday.
The 18-year-old Tshwane amateur took advantage of his home course knowledge to fire a flawless five-under-par 67 at Centurion Country Club to take a one-shot lead over professional Jacques de Villiers.
Gareth Akers and amateur pair Matthew Adams and David Rabelo finished a further stroke adrift.
Sinclair has enjoyed a profitable run in the last few months.
Victories in the Nomads SA Boys U-19 Match Play and the Lion of Africa Junior Open took him to the number one spot in the South African Golf Association’s Junior rankings and the GFG Academy golfer also won the Under Armour® / Jeff Overton Championship in the United States.
He hopes to extend the purple patch in the final event on the Junior Open Series – the Joburg Junior Open – in early December.
“And then I hope to help the Gauteng North team win the South African Under-19 Inter-Provincial Championship at Worcester Golf Club,” Sinclair said.
“I have so much going on with school right now, so it’s great to have the IGT Tour here at Centurion this week so I can keep competitive. This is the final push for the Sunshine Tour Qualifying School, so the guys are working extra hard. The standard is really high and that’s a great motivation for me.”
Sinclair birdied 12, 15 and 17 on his front nine and reeled in further gains at five and seven.
“The course didn’t play too long, but the pin positions were tough,” he said.
“We also had a two-club wind to contend with, so I am really pleased that I kept my card clean. I know the course well, so I just stayed patient and took advantage at the right spots.
“I was trying to birdie all the par-fives, but I short-sided myself at the first. The hole played into the wind and I hit a five-iron for my second and left it in the greenside bunker. I made a really good 20-footer at the fifth, though, that kind of made up for it.”
FIRST ROUND SCORES
All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as (ama)
67 – Rosswell Sinclair (ama)
68 – Jacques de Villiers
69 – Matthew Adams (ama), Gareth Akers, David Rebelo (ama)
70 – NJ Arnoldi, Bryandrew Roelofsz, Conway Kunneke, Brendan Britten NAM
71 – Tom Watson (ama), CJ Levey (ama), Dean O’Riley, Jeff Hopkins (ama) IRE, Jonathan Waschefort, TJ Bekker, Bryn Flanagan, Pieter Kruger, Phillip Kruse (ama), Dylan Mostert (ama), Bryce Myburgh
72 – Dwayne Coetzee, Melissa Eaton, Nicholas Botha (ama), Jason Diab, Siphiwe Siphayi
73 – Lourens Du Plessis, Ivanna Samu (ama), JC Van Dommelen, Owen Grobler, Michael Kok (ama), Ruhan van Dijk (ama)
74 – Tumelo Molloyi (ama), Stephan Erasmus (ama), David Ashley ENG, Terence Boardman
75 – Gerard Du Plooy, Bartjie de Klerk (ama), Sean Coomer (ama), Wayne Stroebel, Danie Pretorius, Simon Kruger
76 – Gavin Miles, Amerigo Renieri (ama), Louis Taylor (ama)
77 – Reynhard Reynecke (ama), Jannie Botha, David Lamprecht
78 – Romano Saincic, Jaco Mouton, David McIntyre (ama), Tung-nan Lin (ama) TWN
79 – Stef Visage, Peetie Van Der Merwe (ama), Divan Marais (ama), Gideon Pienaar, Keanan Aysen (ama)
80 – Ryan Wingrove (ama), Dylan de Beer, Justin Levy NLD, Joubert van Eeden
81 – Phillip Montgomery, Ruan Korb (ama), Armand Azar (ama), Ru-Juan Lessingh (ama)
82 – Francesca Cuturi, Dean Schonegevel (ama)
83 – Jason Ackerman (ama), Jonty B Shelton (ama)
84 – Tommie Brits (ama), Vaughan Fallick (ama), Michael Jooste (ama), Etzard Grimbeek (ama), Alex Krebs (ama)
85 – Michael Armstrong (ama), Hilton Hughes (ama)
86 – Anthony Tramontino
87 – Roelof Van Tonder (ama)
92 – Duan Nagel (ama)