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Karmis cruises in Knysna

2011-07-28 18:12
Peter Karmis (Gallo Images)
Knysna - He made his first bogey after 23 holes, but Peter Karmis still opened out a six-stroke lead over his pursuers after the second round of the R540 000 Vodacom Origins of Golf tournament at the Simola Golf Estate.

“I hit it behind a tree and it hit the tree as I tried to get it over, so in the end I was happy to take bogey on the fifth,” said Karmis.

But after that, it was back to business as usual for the man who has won twice on the Sunshine Tour and once on the Asian Tour.

“I concentrated very hard on making pars, and on taking birdie opportunities when they came along,” said Karmis.

His toughest opposition in the final round will come from Lyle Rowe, Jean Hugo, Theunis Spangenberg, and Trevor Fisher Jnr.

Rowe, Hugo and Spangenberg were all out in the morning field and finished 36 holes in seven-under-par 137, while Fisher had the round of the day with his seven-under-par 65, which included an eagle, seven birdies and two bogeys.

Rowe, who turned professional in 2009, had a share of sixth in the Nashua Golf Challenge in May - his first top-10 finish on the Sunshine Tour - and is hoping a maiden professional victory is just around the corner.

“I hope so,” he said of his best round as a professional. “The ball-striking is there, and I just have to get some putts to fall now. That’s the difference between today and some other days.”

Spangenberg used a new TaylorMade R11 driver to great effect as he racked up seven birdies and two bogeys in his five-under-par 67.

“I used driver off the tee a lot, and I was able to be aggressive,” said Spangenberg.

That was in contrast to most of the other players, who took things a little more carefully.

“You can’t use a driver off every hole - in fact, you can’t even use three-wood sometimes,” said Hugo.

“I took irons off some tees just to get myself into the right positions.”

Karmis agreed: “This course, it’s all about hitting fairways. If you can do that, it’s a piece of cake.

“Because the course is so wet, if you’re in the rough, you can hit a good shot and get a bad result, because there’s mud on the ball, or something. But on the fairway, you can clean and place it, so if you hit a bad shot, it’s your own fault,” said Karmis.

His old Ping G2 putter, which came back into his bag after a poor putting display last week in Asia continued to please him. “I sank some longer ones for birdie today, and it just feels better than the one I was using,” said Karmis.

He will go out in the final round aiming to do what he has done throughout the week so far: “I will play for par and try to take whatever chances for birdie that come my way.”

Scores (RSA unless specified):

(Note: Two players - in bold - have yet to complete their rounds)

-13 - Peter Karmis 65 66
-7 - Lyle Rowe 70 67, Jean Hugo 68 69, Theunis Spangenberg 70 67, Trevor Fisher Jnr 72 65
-6 - Albert Pistorius 68 70
-5 - Alex Haindl 69 70, Johan du Buisson 70 69
-4 - Jake Redman 68 72, Oliver Bekker 72 68
-3 - Darren Fichardt 70 71, Michiel Bothma 68 73, Branden Grace 66 75, David Hewan 70 71, Keenan Davidse 72 69
-2 - Allan Versfeld 74 68, Doug McGuigan 73 69, Charl Coetzee 73 69, Chris Swanepoel 72 70
-1 - Andrew Curlewis 71 72, Jaco Ahlers 71 72, Grant Muller 69 74, Willie van der Merwe 69 74, Tjaart van der Walt 73 70, Ulrich van den Berg 71 72
Par - Ryan Tipping 74 70, Ryan Cairns (ZIM) 77 67, Vaughn Groenewald 71 73, Adilson da Silva (BRA) 71 73, Mark Murless 71 73, Louis de Jager 72 72, Neil Schietekat 70 74, Merrick Bremner 73 71
+1 - Thabang Simon 73 72, Ryan Thompson 74 71, JG Claassen 75 70
+2 - Irvin Mazibuko 72 74, Omar Sandys 73 73, Daniel Greene 75 71, Brandon Pieters 76 70, James Kamte 71 75, Jake Roos 69 77, Teboho Sefatsa 72 74, JJ Senekal 71 75, Francois van Vuuren 75 71, Wynand Dingle 70 76, Louis Calitz 77 69, Louis Moolman 74 72, Colin Nel 75 71, Desvonde Botes 77 69, PH McIntyre 74 72, Divan van den Heever 73 73
+3 - Dean O'Riley 75 72, Alan Michell 73 74, Jacques Blaauw 72 (+3) [15], Grant Veenstra 76 (-1) [15]
+4 - Lindani Ndwandwe 76 72
+5 - Warren Abery 79 70
+6 - Garry Hill 76 74, Bradford Vaughan 75 75, Ockie Strydom 75 75
+7 - Christiaan Basson 77 74, Prinavin Nelson 77 74, Nic Henning 78 73, Johan Bekker 78 73, Blanche Lamprecht 76 75, Tyrone Mordt 78 73
+8 - Mark Fensham 78 74, Steven Ferreira 74 78, Ryan Hood 75 77
+9 - Reggie Adams 78 75
 

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