Mowat hunts race to Q-School victory
Callum Mowat spent an hour on the putting green with Trevor Fisher Jnr and those 60 minutes could have Deon Bredenkamp looking over his shoulder in the second round of the Race to Q-School Modderfontein on Tuesday.
Bredenkamp set the clubhouse target at three-under-par 69 to finish one shot clear from Korea’s DK Kim and Roberto Lupine and two ahead of Mowat, Dutchman Justin Levy and fellow amateurs Andrew Light from Southern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal’s Wesley Baptiste.
Former Johnnie Walker Classic champion Anton Haig also announced his presence with an opening 72 to tie for eighth with Bryandrew Roelofsz, Johann Danhauser and Sean Burger.
But if anyone will be worrying Bredenkamp, it will be the country’s No 5 ranked amateur. Mowat, who is hunting a podium finish at his home course this week, has been in threatening form lately. He collected his second provincial amateur title this season at the Southern Cape Championship in August and claimed a share of fifth in last week’s first Race to School event at State Mines. The 21-year-old golfer from Thornhill Estate in Modderfontein managed to hit 17 greens in regulation and was tied for the lead through 13 holes.
Unfortunately, an already lukewarm putter when stone cold and Mowat dropped shots at the 14th, 15th and 18th holes for his opening 71.
“I just had a terrible day with the putter,” Mowat explained. “Last week at State Mines I had 26 putts in the final round; today I walked off with 35 putts. It can really mess with your head, but it is just the kind of thing you need to accept and move on.”
Mowat met Fisher at the putting green immediately after the round and the duo soon identified the problem.
“I asked Trevor to look at my putting and we worked for hour on my alignment over the ball,” he said. “The toe was just sitting up a tad and it caused a slight pull. It’s something that happens to Fish, too, so it was great to have his eye to help me.”
Mowat said having the seven-time Sunshine Tour winner at his disposal, was something he really treasured and he hoped to follow Fisher Jnr to the Sunshine Tour in January.
“Fish is a fantastic guy, a true ambassador of the game and someone I really admire,” he said. “He has encouraged me throughout my amateur career and I hope to be able to play with him on the Sunshine Tour next year.”
While Mowat and Bredenkamp battle for glory, they would do well to keep an eye in the rearview mirror for the lanky threat lurking at even-par.
Former Johnnie Walker Classic champion Anton Haig announced his presence with an opening 72 to tie for eighth with Bryandrew Roelofsz, Johann Danhauser and Sean Burger.
FIRST-ROUND SCORES (Top 20 and ties)
All competitors RSA unless otherwise indicated; amateurs = AMA
69 – Deon Bredenkamp
70 – DK Kim (KOR), Roberto Lupini
71 – Justin Levy (HOL), Wesley Baptiste (AMA), Andrew Light (AMA), Callum Mowat (AMA)
72 – Bryandrew Roelofsz, Johann Dannhauser, Anton Haig, Sean Burger
73 – Brendan de Lange, Ted Hendriks, Rae Mackie, Jacques de Villiers, Ryan Clarke, Otto van Greunen
74 – Jeandre Fourie, Gideon Pienaar, Tudor Bismark (AMA), Coert Groenewald