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Golf | SA

Estiaan Conradie © CJ du Plooy

Conradie closes in at Wingate Park



Overnight leader Teagan Moore held on to pole position in Tuesday’s second round, but Order of Merit leader Estiaan Conradie is hot on his heels in the sixth Race to Q-School at Wingate Park Country Club.

On a day where warm sunshine bathed the course, a strong and constant two-club wind challenged the field, but Moore kept his bid for a maiden IGT Challenge Tour title alive with a conservative strategy.

The 24-year-old from Lynwood mixed four birdies with a lone bogey and signed for a three-under-par 69 to top a congested leaderboard on 10 under.

Conradie fired a 65 – the low round of the day – to move within striking distance, Andrew van der Knaap posted a 66 to finish just two off the pace alongside Ruan Korb (69), while five-time champion Ruan Conradie returned a 68 to finish a further shot back in tied fourth with Free State amateur Juran Dreyer, who carded 71..

Moore knows he will start the final round with a target on his back, as a further five players are within five shots of his lead.

“Estiaan made a disastrous start and still fired the low round of the day,” said Moore. “Both he and his brother Ruan have won at Wingate and it’s their home course, so I expect an attack from both of them. Andrew has also hit some form and there are a few other guys that can go low, too, like Albert Venter, who shot 67 today.

“I played pretty conservatively, and it paid off for me. The wind made it tough out there and I didn’t see the point of getting too fancy and dropping shots. The main goal was to keep myself in contention for the final round. It doesn’t matter to me what the other guys do on Wednesday; I’ll stick to my own game plan and I’ll play to beat the course, not the players.”

Conradie – five-time winner on the country’s premier golf development circuit – had a shocking start but the 20-year-old made a breath-taking comeback with a string of four birdies from the sixth to get back into the fight and finished in style with an eagle.

“I had a bit of a collapse at the start of the round,” said Conradie.

“I hit a couple of poor shots and they cost me; a poor drive at the first ended with a bogey, a poor chip at the fourth and I overshot the green after a tough lie in the greenside bunker at the fifth. I was unlucky with the bogey at the third, because I my par putt lipped the hole and stayed out.”

A run of four birdies from six to nine took Conradie to the back nine at three under..

“I’m pretty happy with the way I fought back,” he said. “I was a little apprehensive in the strong wind, but after the fourth drop at five, I took out the driver. I hit both six and seven to four feet and holed the birdie putts to stem the bleeding and two more birdies at eight and nine got me back into red numbers.

“I made some more birdies at 11, 12, 14 and 16 and I hit two great shots at the 18th to set up the eagle putt. Obviously, being my home course, I know the layout well and that played to my advantage when I decided to get a little more aggressive off the tee. I’ll probably do the same on Wednesday since the weather forecast is a little gloomy.”

The weather-interrupted first round was completed on Tuesday morning and the cut to 55 and ties fell at six-over 150.

COMPLETED FIRST-ROUND SCORES

All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified and amateurs are indicated as AMA:

134 - Teagan Moore 65 69

135 - Estiaan Conradie 70 65

136 - Andrew van der Knaap 70 66, Ruan Korb 67 69

137 - Juran Dreyer AMA 66 71, Ruan Conradie 69 68

138 - Coert Groenewald 69 69, Roberto Lupini 70 68

139 - Jason Roets 70 69, Albert Venter 72 67, Basil Wright 67 72

140 - Marthin Scheepers 70 70, Thriston Lawrence 69 71, NJ Arnoldi 72 68, DK Kim (KOR) 72 68

141 - Michael Pfeifer AMA 72 69, Breyten Meyer 77 64, Matthew Spacey 70 71

142 - Duane Keun 73 69, Luke Trocado 68 74, Philip Geerts (ITA) 71 71, Conway Kunneke 72 70

143 - Maritz Wessels 72 71, Peetie van der Merwe AMA 69 74, David Mofokeng (LSO) 74 69, Juan Langeveld 70 73, Stuart Smith (BOT) 70 73

144 - Benjamin Follett-Smith (ZIM) 74 70, Jade Buitendag 72 72, Jonathan Waschefort 70 74, Paul Boshoff 72 72

145 - Albert Visser 71 74, Marco de Beer 74 71, Wayne Stroebel 77 68

146 - Andi Dill 72 74, Dylan O'Leary 72 74, Thabi Ngcobo 72 74, Luke Brown AMA 70 76

147 - Matt Bright 75 72, Zabastian de Jager 75 72, Stef Visage 74 73, Gareth Anderson AMA 73 74, Eric Park (KOR) 72 75, Bradley Diggeden AMA 73 74

148 - Pieter Moolman 72 76, Heinrich Penzhorn AMA 75 73, Ivan Mare AMA 70 78, Matthew Vogel 70 78, Leon Visser AMA 75 73

149 - Jack Duthie 77 72, Luke Kelly 75 74, Justin Turner 76 73, Eric Nel AMA 73 76, Bryce McCabe 76 73

150 - Divan Marais 70 80, Francesca Cuturi 74 76, Christopher de Beer AMA 77 73

MISSED THE CUT:-

151 - Brendan Britten (NAM) 77 74, Patrick Thompson 73 78, Gary Jutzen AMA 77 74, Bryce Myburgh 75 76

152 - Romano Saincic 74 78, Matthew Kiewitz AMA 77 75, Stephen Forsyth AMA 74 78, Dino di Carlo AMA 80 72, Werner van Wyk 71 81

153 - Wayne du Toit 78 75, Azelia Meichtry AMA 78 75, Richard Joubert 78 75, Jay Fourie 80 73

154 - Stephane van Neer AMA (COD) 79 75, Owen Grobler 72 82

155 - Tudor Bismark (ZIM) 76 79, Dean du Plessis AMA 75 80

156 - Phumlani Maluka AMA 80 76, Brandon Lydon AMA 77 79

157 - Herman Anderson AMA 80 77

162 - Cameron Gunning 78 84

163 - Liam Clinton AMA 79 84, Jason Reynolds AMA 84 79

164 - John Palm AMA 80 84, Hanro Booysen 85 79

167 - Valentin Graus (NLD) 83 84

WDN - Nobuhle Dlamini (SWA) 77 WDN



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