Sunshine Tour

Chip-ins give Williams St Francis lead

2016-11-04 18:43
Mark Williams (Gallo Images)

St. Francis Bay - Mark Williams chipped in twice on Friday in the second round of the R750 000 Vodacom Origins of Golf Final on his way to a five-under-par 67 and a two-stroke lead of the tournament being played at the St Francis Links.

The players first had to complete a first round which was suspended early on Thursday because of high winds.

Williams’ two chip-ins came on a card which included two bogeys and seven birdies, which gave him the lead going into the final round over Christiaan Bezuidenhout.

Jeffery’s Bay resident Wallie Coetsee was lurking in third spot, a further two shots back.

“I went out this morning and played really solidly,” said Williams. “I putted nicely, but I had 30 putts out there, so I felt I could have gone lower. I probably didn’t hit it as well this afternoon, but the two chip-ins helped a bit, and I made all the important putts like the par-saves. I ground hard for it and I’m happy with the result.”

Williams finished second by one stroke to Christiaan Basson in last year’s Vodacom Origins of Golf event at St Francis Links, where he had a penalty stroke during that round that could have clinched him a maiden Sunshine Tour win.

“I still love coming here,” he laughed. “I love everything about this course and it’s special coming here.

Bezuidenhout made a double-bogey six on his last hole - the ninth - to slip from eight-under for the tournament to six-under, but he’s riding a wave of confidence after taking his maiden Sunshine Tour victory last month at the Fish River Sun.

For Williams, who has been on the Sunshine Tour since 2002, the prospect of a maiden victory is tantalising.

“I’ve been close a couple of times in the last 18 months,” he said. “I’ve always been itching for a win. It’s taken a lot longer than I would have liked, but I’m just working on trying to get better each week and each year and my results are starting to show that.”

The big-hitting Zimbabwean has a plan in mind for the final round: “My two-iron’s working wonders,” he said. “So I’ll probably just stick with that for tomorrow. There are a couple of places where you have to take driver, but the main aim it get it into play and see what you can do from there.”
 

Scores:

135 - Mark Williams 68 67

137 - Christiaan Bezuidenhout 70 67

139 - Wallie Coetsee 71 68

140 - Jacques Blaauw 70 70, Ruan de Smidt 74 66, Justin Harding 68 72, Madalitso Muthiya 69 71

141 - Colin Nel 69 72, Stephen Ferreira 70 71, Anthony Michael 69 72

142 - Keith Horne 71 71, Drikus Bruyns 67 75, Ryan Cairns 72 70, Heinrich Bruiners 73 69

143 - Andrew Odoh 71 72, Jonathan Agren 71 72, Doug McGuigan 71 72, Morne Buys 71 72, Teaghan Gauche 69 74, Makhetha Mazibuko 74 69, Ockie Strydom 70 73

144 - Lyle Rowe 72 72, Francois van Vuuren 72 72, Andrew Curlewis 74 70, Tyrone Ferreira 68 76

145 - Christiaan Basson 71 74, PH McIntyre 77 68, Jake Redman 72 73, Andrew Georgiou 75 70, Breyten Meyer 75 70

146 - Theunis Spangenberg 68 78, Pieter Kruger 74 72

147 - Titch Moore 71 76, Vaughn Groenewald 72 75, Neil Schietekat 74 73, MJ Viljoen 76 71, Jason Diab 80 67, Zander Lombard 74 73

148 - Gert Myburgh 70 78, James Kamte 74 74, Thanda Mavundla 75 73, Le Roux Ferreira 76 72, Peter Karmis 76 72, Steven Ferreira 81 67, Daniel Greene 75 73, Ruan Pretorius 74 74

Missed the cut:

149 - Trevor Mahoney 72 77, Allister de Kock 73 76, Keenan Davidse 79 70, Callum Mowat 75 74

150 - Martin Rominger 74 76, Mark Murless 75 75, Jason Froneman 76 74, Tyrone Mordt 75 75

151 - Tyrone Ryan 76 75, Neal Herman 75 76, Ryan Tipping 72 79

152 - Greg Bentley 76 76, Lindani Ndwandwe 75 77, Matthew Carvell 80 72

153 - Dwayne Basson 77 76, Stefan Engell Andersen 75 78

154 - Chris Swanepoel 76 78, Antonio Rosado 78 76, Charl Coetzee 78 76

155 - Derick Petersen 78 77

156 - Kangwine Chiluba 76 80, Tyron McComb 75 81, JJ Senekal 83 73, Arthur Horne 77 79

157 - Jason Viljoen 78 79, Michael Hollick 78 79

158 - Francois Coetzee 77 81, Teboho Sefatsa 77 81

159 - Johan van der Wath 80 79

161 - Gerrit Foster 84 77, Jeff Hopkins 83 78

162 - Dayne Moore 83 79, Jacquin Hess 76 86

163 - Blaine Dormehl 80 83

165 - Gideon Pienaar 86 79

169 - Stuart Smith 80 89

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