Golf

Fisher Jnr chases victory

2012-11-07 17:58
Trevor Fisher Jnr (File)
Sun City - Trevor Fisher Jnr is hunting his third victory on the Sunshine Tour this year as he heads into Thursday’s final round of the Nedbank Affinity Cup tied for the lead at the Lost City Golf Club.

On another hot day in the Pilanesberg, Fisher Jnr signed for a 67 including four straight birdies to join Dean Burmester, who carded a 70, on eight under par.

They’re one stroke clear of a group of players including Louis Calitz, Jared Harvey, Allan Versfeld and Grant Veenstra.

Another victory for Fisher Jnr would strengthen his position at fifth on the Sunshine Tour’s Order of Merit. And with some big events coming up over the next few weeks, he has his sights set on finishing first on the moneylist.

But amidst the myriad of swing thoughts that drift in and out of a professional golfer’s head, there is only one Fisher Jnr is clinging to at the moment.

“It’s key just to keep calm, stay patient, and take it one shot at a time out there,” he said. That’s been the theme for Fisher Jnr. this year as he’s tried to cut himself some slack on the fairways.

“I can be a bit hard on myself, so I’m just trying to step back a bit and take it easy. I’m well positioned on the Order of Merit, and you can put too much pressure on yourself in the big events coming up. If I can finish off the season nicely, who knows?”

Burmester is also keenly aware of placing too much pressure on himself. He took a one-stroke lead into the second round, and was one over at the turn after admitting he tried a bit too hard to stretch that lead.

“I was a bit tense. It’s been a while since I’ve led a tournament, and I made a few mental mistakes. But I’m still in contention,” he said after a round which he closed off with a birdie and an eagle for a 70.

Behind them, Calitz has been a consistent threat with solid rounds of 68 and 69. Harvey has also indicted that despite being a rookie on the Tour, he’s ready for a major victory. And but for a double bogey five on the eighth hole on his way to a 69, he
could easily have been amongst the leaders.

Of them all, Fisher Jnr certainly knows how to close off a tournament. But even he is doing his best to stay in the present.

“The final round is a new challenge, and we’ll see what it brings.”

Scores (RSA unless otherwise specified):

136 - Dean Burmester  66 70, Trevor Fisher Jnr  69 67
137 - Louis Calitz  68 69, Jared Harvey  68 69, Allan Versfeld  69 68, Grant Veenstra  68 69
139 - Matthew Carvell  73 66, PH McIntyre  69 70
140 - Titch Moore  68 72, Ulrich van den Berg  72 68, Justin Walters  69 71, Bradford Vaughan  68 72
141 - Derik Ferreira  69 72, Grant Muller  69 72, Neil Cheetham (ENG) 73 68, Desvonde Botes  71 70, Andrew Curlewis  71 70
142 - Lyle Rowe  71 71, Andrew Georgiou  69 73, Tyrone Ferreira  72 70
143 - Steven Ferreira  70 73, Louis de Jager  70 73, Brandon Pieters  67 76, David Hewan  74 69, Theunis Spangenberg  72 71,Andre Cruse  72 71, Jacques Blaauw  69 74
144 - James Kamte  71 73, Hendrik Buhrmann  71 73, Prinavin Nelson  70 74, Chris Swanepoel  71 73, Warren Abery  73 71,Ockie Strydom  74 70, Alan McLean (SCO) 73 71, Albert Pistorius  72 72, Stiggy Hodgson (ENG) 74 70
145 - Michael du Toit  74 71, Lindani Ndwandwe  72 73, Pieter Moolman  74 71, Ben Mannix (ENG) 71 74, Thabang Simon  72 73

Missed the cut:

146 - James Kingston  74 72, Jake Roos  72 74, Ross Wellington  70 76, Wallie Coetsee  72 74, Des Terblanche  74 72, Daniel Greene  75 71, Bryce Easton  73 73, Vaughn Groenewald  76 70
147 - Attie Schwartzel  72 75, Teboho Sefatsa  73 74, Jaco Ahlers  72 75, Danie van Tonder  77 70, Tyrone Ryan  72 75,Daniel Hammond  76 71, Alan Michell  70 77, Toto Thimba (Jnr) 72 75, Ryan Tipping  77 70
148 - Omar Sandys  76 72, Martin du Toit  71 77, Keenan Davidse  76 72, Neil Schietekat  72 76, Divan van den Heever  73 75,Ruan de Smidt  71 77
149 - Coenie Bester  75 74, Aron Zemmer (ITA) 75 74, Darryn Lloyd  68 81
150 - Ryan Thompson  73 77, Callie Swart  78 72, Mark Fensham  71 79, Alpheus Kelapile  76 74
151 - Jake Redman  73 78, Charl Coetzee  78 73, Johan du Buisson  74 77, JG Claassen  78 73
152 - Derick Petersen  76 76, Riekus Nortje  75 77, Johan Bekker  76 76, Mark Williams  77 75
153 - Dean O'Riley  76 77, Jean Hugo  76 77, Mark Murless  74 79
154 - Morne Buys  78 76, Michiel Bothma  81 73
157 - Brett Liddle  75 82, Colin Nel  77 80
160 - Ryan Strauss  84 76
161 - Brendan de Lange  82 79

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