Waschefort aims for maiden IGT win at familiar Waterkloof

Jonathan Waschefort was in fine form again at Waterkloof Golf Club where he carded a second-successive eight-under-par 64 in the IGT Tour Chase To #11 Waterkloof, and at 16-under for the week, leads Ryan Van Velzen by three shots going into the final round.

In a similar fashion to how he started yesterday’s round where he birdied the first two holes, Waschefort repeated the feat at the start of the storm-hit second round. Unlike yesterday when he bogeyed the third and made par on the fourth, he made par on the fourth and dropped on the fifth hole on Tuesday. He followed the bogey up with a birdie on five before two more birdies – on seven and eight – entered his scorecard to seal an impressive four-under 32 on the front nine.

“It obviously felt great to shoot a 64 again today,” said Waschefort after round, “You never expect to shoot two rounds of 64 back-to-back. I had to have the same thought process and attitude as yesterday, you know. We had a rain delay so I really had to stay patient but also finish on time.”

Coming home, Waschefort was unrelenting in his pursuit of the lowest number he could score on day two of this IGT Tour event. He birdied 10, 12, 14 and 18 for a perfect back nine, and indeed, a perfect two days in the capital, a place he is all too familiar with.

“I started playing golf right here at Waterkloof,” he revealed, “so, there are a lot of good memories here and I feel a bit comfortable. But the guys are making a lot of red numbers (birdies) on the course and I think that’s got to do with the fact that the greens are running so smoothly this week.”

Three shots clear at the top, Waschefort will not rest on his laurels, for he is aware of the chasing field, led by the young Van Velzen, whose three-under 69 on Tuesday meant he abdicates the top spot going into round three.

“Tomorrow will be about doing the same things I have done in the first two days,” Waschefort said, knowing tomorrow could be the day he wins his maiden IGT Tour title. “I’ll just focus on my game and see what happens after 18 holes.”

By Matthews Mfubu

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