Sunshine Tour

Otto, Van Zyl share lead

2013-02-23 19:09
Hennie Otto (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Hennie Otto eagled the 18th hole on the Montagu course at Fancourt Golf and Country Estate on Saturday to retain a share of the third-round lead in the Dimension Data Pro-Am tournament.

Otto was level with Jaco van Zyl at 15 under par.

“I hit a great approach. I had about 250 to the pin and I hit a rescue," Otto said.

"And if the wind hadn’t pushed it, I would have been closer to the pin - but if you hit that green in two, you can breathe again.”

It was a more difficult day around the three courses at Fancourt - players play a round on each of Montagu, Outeniqua and The Links, before the cut to 65 professionals and ties and the final round on Montagu - with only a handful of low rounds being recorded.

The best of those was the seven-under-par 66 by Vaughn Groenewald on the par-73 The Links which lifted him into a share of ninth, and the seven-under 65 by Dean O’Riley on Outeniqua which saw him climb into a share of 15th, seven off the pace.

Players like Van Zyl and Otto, who moved from The Links in the second round to Montagu for the third, found conditions different enough to cause some difficulty.

“It was a bit breezy out there and yesterday, at The Links, the greens were soft, and when we came to Montagu, they’d firmed up a bit, so it required different approach shots,” Otto said.

Van Zyl agreed with his fellow leader going into the final round.

“It was a bit windier than it was on the first two days, and the greens at Montagu are pretty firm,” he said, “and they tucked quite a few flags away, so it was hard to get close and give yourself the birdie chances.”

Despite the difficulties, Otto felt he played well.

“I think I only hit one bad shot,” he said of his round, which included two birdies to go with the eagle and two bogeys.

“And the other bogey came from when I was in a bunker that hadn’t been raked.

“It was a solid day, and the last putt was meant to happen - I missed a lot of putts out there, but it’s always nice to lead a tournament."

He and Van Zyl held a one-stroke edge over England’s Daniel Brooks, who carded a five-under-par 68 on The Links, and he was in turn two clear of Trevor Fisher Jnr, who was furious after making bogey on 18 on Montagu to spoil what was shaping up to be at least a four-under-par round, but became instead a three-under 69.

Scores after the third round of the R3.75m Dimension Data Pro-Am, a Sunshine Tour event at Fancourt Golf and Country Estate on Saturday (RSA unless specified):

202-Hennie Otto66 66 70,Jaco Van Zyl68 64 70

203-Daniel Brooks (ENG)68 67 68

205-Trevor Fisher Jnr69 67 69

206-Andrew Marshall (ENG)69 67 70,Jaco Ahlers67 69 70,Simon Dyson (ENG)66 67 73

207-Dean Burmester68 67 72

208-Ruan de Smidt70 69 69,Vaughn Groenewald74 68 66,Jared Harvey68 69 71,Ockie Strydom68 69 71,Wallie Coetsee72 64 72,Mark Tullo (CHI)69 69 70

209-Desvonde Botes67 72 70,Justin Harding65 72 72,Jean Hugo67 71 71,Dean O'Riley71 73 65,Martin Rominger (SUI)69 72 68,Garth Mulroy69 71 69,Darren Fichardt68 72 69

210-Seve Benson (ENG)74 66 70,Tjaart van der Walt67 69 74,Dawie Van der Walt67 68 75,Alan McLean (SCO)70 69 71,Ulrich van den Berg72 69 69,Merrick Bremner69 68 73

211-Jake Roos70 68 73,Christiaan Basson69 69 73,Alexandre Kaleka (FRA)74 69 68,Steven Ferreira69 72 70,Louis de Jager72 70 69

212-PH McIntyre70 74 68,Alastair Forsyth (SCO)71 71 70,Attie Schwartzel73 71 68,Alexander Levy (FRA)71 71 70,Doug McGuigan72 71 69,Justin Walters72 70 70

213-Tyrone Ferreira71 69 73,John Moore (USA)72 71 70,Johan de Beer72 70 71,Colin Nel71 72 70,Lasse Jensen(DEN)68 73 72,Danie van Tonder71 68 74,James Kingston67 71 75,Allan Versfeld70 75 68

214-Jacques Blaauw71 72 71,Michael Gligic (CAN)72 74 68

215-Brandon Pieters72 68 75,Ryan Cairns (ZIM)70 74 71,Thabo Maseko74 68 73,Thomas Aiken70 69 76

216-Teboho Sefatsa74 69 73,Tyrone Ryan69 69 78,Laurie Canter (ENG)69 74 73,Jean-Paul Strydom70 75 71,Theunis Spangenberg68 73 75,Andrew Georgiou69 71 76,Martin du Toit71 70 75,Torben Baumann (GER)68 72 76,Matthew Nixon (ENG)68 73 75,Dylan Frittelli68 78 70,Keith Horne71 72 73

217-Le Roux Ferreira75 68 74,Anthony Michael72 76 69,Ross McGowan (ENG)71 74 72,Ryan Tipping73 71 73,Brett Liddle69 75 73,Chris Lloyd (ENG)75 72 70,Graeme Storm (ENG)72 71 74,Morten Orum Madsen (DEN)76 75 66

Missed the cut:

218-Andrew Curlewis73 74 71,Michiel Bothma68 72 78,James Kamte70 76 72,Mark F Haastrup (DEN)74 70 74,Francesco Laporta (ITA)73 79 66,Ben Mannix (ENG)76 72 70,Hendrik Buhrmann72 74 72,Lyle Rowe71 74 73,Tyrone Mordt77 68 73,Steve Surry (ENG)79 69 70,Daniel Im (USA)72 73 73,Divan Gerber79 68 71,Alan Michell73 74 71

219-Oliver Bekker71 71 77,Shaun Smith76 70 73,Henk Alberts72 74 73,Scott Arnold (AUS)65 75 79,Anthony Snobeck (FRA)78 70 71,Shaun Norris73 77 69,Warren Abery72 75 72,Charl Coetzee73 70 76,Jake Redman77 69 73

220-Grant Muller76 72 72,Neil Schietekat71 72 77,Titch Moore70 75 75,Rhys Davies (WAL)70 73 77,Albert Pistorius73 76 71,Bryce Easton71 76 73,Peter Uihlein (USA)69 77 74,Matthew Carvell75 74 71,Michael Hollick72 74 74

221-Gert Myburgh73 77 71,Grant Veenstra74 73 74,Neil Cheetham (ENG)75 72 74,Irvin Mazibuko71 71 79,Brandon Detweiler (USA)71 69 81,Clifford Howes74 71 76

222-Gregory Molteni (ITA)68 78 76,Johan Bekker77 68 77,Graham van der Merwe80 71 71,Oscar Floren (SWE)78 73 71

223-CJ du Plessis79 75 69,Riekus Nortje75 76 72,Micky Hough (ZIM)69 77 77,Divan van den Heever73 70 80,Jacques Kruyswijk76 70 77,Keenan Davidse69 80 74,Joshua Cunliffe76 72 75,Morne Buys75 76 72,Jeff Inglis (ENG)75 74 74,JP van der Walt79 72 72,Lindani Ndwandwe77 71 75,Daniel Hammond77 75 71

224-Jacques van Tonder69 80 75,Toto Thimba (Jnr)76 75 73,Alex Haindl70 82 72,Bennie van der Merwe78 73 73

225-Chris Swanepoel74 74 77,Kyle Stevens74 76 75,Darryn Lloyd83 74 68,Desne van den Bergh74 75 76,Pieter Moolman79 70 76

226-MJ Daffue77 71 78,Michael du Toit75 77 74,Bradley Sinnett77 74 75,Juan Langeveld78 69 79,Mark Murless75 75 76,Makgetha Mazibuko76 73 77,Louis Calitz77 74 75,Wynand Dingle75 74 77,Madalitso Muthiya (ZAM)76 70 80,Matthew Southgate (ENG)73 75 78,Daniel Gaunt (AUS)76 72 78

227-David Hewan76 82 69,Derik Ferreira83 70 74,Chris Erasmus80 71 76,James Busby (ENG)73 75 79

228-Callum Macaulay (SCO)78 77 73

229-Johan du Buisson70 85 74,Gerhard Trytsman75 75 79

230-Musiwalo Nethunzwi70 77 83

231-Ross Wellington77 77 77,Nic Henning78 76 77,Duane Keun80 76 75,Coenie Bester80 78 73

232-Shaun Ellis77 71 84,Drikus van der Walt73 82 77,JG Claassen77 80 75,Mark Williams83 74 75

233-JJ Senekal84 76 73

235-Bradford Vaughan80 72 83

236-Langley Perrins73 76 87

239-Maritz Wessels77 85 77

245-Thabang Simon80 90 75

RTD-Daniel Greene76 RTD RTD,Bryan Martin (USA)RTD RTD RTD

DSQ-Nick Dougherty (ENG)78 DSQ DSQ

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