The Hillcrest local improved by 12 shots on his opening 79 and carded a bogey-free 67 to rise into an early share of eighth place at the 36-hole mark.
“After a day like yesterday it’s nice to return and fight my way back in with a solid round like this one. It’s a major confidence boost,” he said.
This Big Easy Tour aims to develop young golfers by giving them a chance to play under tournament conditions. Van der Walt was able to change his mindset ahead of the second round and it allowed him to score like a seasoned veteran.
“I tried too hard yesterday and focused on scoring instead of swinging it well. I went out today with less swing thought and for the first time in two months my game came right on the course.
“I hit 17 greens in regulation today, which helps on a long golf course like this. That leaks into the rest of your game and all of a sudden you’re chipping and putting better,” he said.
The 24-year-old has risen into the top 10 and has an outside chance of winning the season finale. He’ll look for another low score in the final round on Wednesday.
“It’s good to make a comeback and we’ll see what the boys do out there on the back nine. I might be a couple too many back for tomorrow, but on a long course like this anything can happen. It’s good to be almost back in contention and to go bogey-free around this golf course is a big confidence boost,” he said.