Andrew rejoins Swazi lead

2012-06-02 17:29
Andrew Georgiou (Gallo)

Ezulwini - Andrew Georgiou carded a second-round 67 at Royal Swazi Golf Club to rejoin the Lombard Insurance Classic lead, and will head into Sunday at 12-under-par and brimming with confidence.

"It's going to be exciting. It won't be about who can hold on, it's going to be about who makes the most birdies and keeps the pedal on the floor. Keep your seatbelts on - it's going to be a good one," he said.

Georgiou started on the 10th and played solid golf throughout the day for a five-under-par second round, which drew him level with Justin Harding ahead of the final round on Sunday.

"Putts keep falling and I keep hitting good shots. I know I'm playing well so the confidence is there, and patience is paying off," said Georgiou.

His playing partners kept the 26-year-old relaxed as he made his way round the 6140-metre track. And being relaxed help him to keep steady.

"I was happy-go-lucky and had fun playing with my amateurs today," he said.

"They were relaxed and putts were falling, drives were landing on the fairway, so I enjoyed it.

"Today's(Saturday) round was a far more consistent round. I hit the ball good from start to finish and shot 34, 33. It was good, consistent golf, so it's probably even better than what I did yesterday. The score might not reflect that, but mentally it was a good round."

The Somerset West local was keen to take on his neighbour over Sunday's final 18 and added: "I see Justin Harding is up there. We're two Somerset West boys and it will be fun to play with Justin in the final group. We've spoken about it before, and tomorrow we will have our chance."

With 11 top-20 finishes on the Sunshine Tour, Georgiou is no stranger to contention and was excited by the prospect of a good result.

"Last year I finished 65th on the Order of Merit, and I nearly had exemption for the bigger events. This year I've decided to play a few more events and make sure I'm exempt, so a win here would be fantastic," he said.

Jean Hugo produced an eagle and a birdie late in his round to finish just one stroke back from the lead, putting himself into the final match tomorrow. He won the Royal Swazi Open in 2008, so he knows the course and how to do well here, which makes him a danger man tomorrow.

A further stroke back at 10-under-par, Jacques Blaauw will head into the final round in sole fourth, and needs to work hard in order to reign in the front-runners.

He will be joined by Christiaan Basson, who shot a Saturday 67 to reach nine-under-par. Basson won the Investec Royal Swazi Open at this course a month ago, so he clearly likes the track.

SCORES (RSA unless otherwise specified):
132 - Justin Harding  68 64, Andrew Georgiou  65 67
133 - Jean Hugo  65 68
134 - Jacques Blaauw  67 67
135 - Christiaan Basson  68 67
136 - Jake Roos  66 70, Mark Murless  66 70, Divan van den Heever  68 68, Louis de Jager  69 67, Michiel Bothma  70 66,Albert Pistorius  66 70
137 - Attie Schwartzel  69 68, Ryan Tipping  67 70, Adilson Da Silva (BRA) 71 66, Tyrone Mordt  69 68, Merrick Bremner  68 69
138 - Colin Nel  68 70, PH McIntyre  66 72, David Hewan  68 70, Johan du Buisson  69 69
139 - Oliver Bekker  69 70, Justin Walters  69 70, Danie van Tonder  68 71, Allan Versfeld  70 69, Toto Thimba (Jnr) 70 69, Doug McGuigan  70 69,Matthew Carvell  71 68
140 - Tyrone Ryan  68 72, Jaco Ahlers  69 71, Brandon Pieters  70 70, Dean O'Riley  71 69, Joshua Cunliffe  72 68, Des Terblanche  69 71,Peter Karmis  71 69
141 - Ulrich van den Berg  74 67, Michael Hollick  74 67, Bryce Easton  71 70
142 - Neil Schietekat  71 71, Andre Cruse  70 72, Lindani Ndwandwe  71 71, Andrew Curlewis  71 71, Desvonde Botes  72 70,Charl Coetzee  69 73, Bradford Vaughan  70 72, Thabang Simon  74 68
143 - Ockie Strydom  74 69, Wallie Coetsee  71 72
144 - Neil Cheetham (ENG) 71 73, JG Claassen  72 72, Trevor Fisher Jnr  75 69, Omar Sandys  72 72
Missed the cut:-
145 - Alan Michell  74 71, Shaun Norris  73 72, Daniel Greene  72 73, Grant Muller  73 72, Hendrik Buhrmann  73 72, Derick Petersen  74 71,Steve Basson  75 70, Theunis Spangenberg  76 69, Vaughn Groenewald  71 74, Prinavin Nelson  71 74
146 - Mark Fensham  72 74, Teboho Sefatsa  78 68, Divan Gerber  74 72
147 - Titch Moore  78 69, Francois Coetzee  76 71, Meshack Zwane (SWZ) 72 75
148 - Dion Fourie  72 76
149 - Johan Bekker  77 72, Chris Swanepoel  76 73
154 - Alpheus Kelapile  77 77

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