Sunshine Tour

George seeks second Dimension Data trophy

2017-02-18 18:55
George Coetzee (Gallo)

George - There may have been times when George Coetzee would have let a bogey and a double-bogey within three holes get him down, but that didn’t happen on Saturday as he posted a two-under-par 70 to pull into a four-way share of the lead in the Dimension Data Pro-Am.

The defending champion posted his score on the Montagu layout at Fancourt Hotel and Golf Estate, and, after his other two rounds on Outeniqua and The Links, he and the rest of the players will play their final round on Montagu. He’s in the lead together with England’s Chris Lloyd, Chris Swanepoel and Jean Hugo.

“I played really well today,” said Coetzee. “I actually started off nicely with a birdie on the first and the fourth and then I had a bad hole. It took me a while to get my head together, and I had another bad hole in that time. But I was quite happy with the processes I went through and I got back in the zone and I played pretty good golf on the back nine again.

“That’s kind of the stuff I’m working on mentally. Mistakes are going to happen. It’s just how you react to them and hopefully I’ll have very few to deal with tomorrow. If I have, I hope I’ll do the same as today.”

Earlier in the day, Lloyd, who is making a comeback to golf after a stint working for a roofing company in England, also overcame a bogey and a double-bogey on Montagu to post a fine six-under-par 66.

“I’m very happy with the way it’s going,” said Lloyd. “This is my first tournament of the year. I’ve put in some good work over the last couple of months, so I’m very happy to be – at the moment – co-leader going into tomorrow.”

Swanepoel and Hugo played their third rounds on Outeniqua, and, while Swanepoel hit all 18 greens in regulation, Hugo also had to deal with a bogey and a double on his card. “It’s only the second time in my life that I have hit 18 greens,” Swanepoel said, “I have been hitting it very well these past couple of weeks. I just struggled with the putting, but the last couple of days the putts just went in. Today I left a couple short but the majority of them just went in.”

With that four-way share for the lead, and 22 other players within four shots of that lead, Coetzee knows he’s in for a battle if he is to successfully defend his title and become just the third player after Nick Price and Darren Fichardt to win the trophy twice.

“I’m looking forward to tomorrow (Sunday),” he said. “I’ve been looking forward to this week for most of last year, but you can’t get too far ahead of yourself. I’m not even thinking of the fact that I won it last year. I’m just trying to play good enough golf and hopefully post a good enough number.”

Second Round Scores
139 - Nicole Garcia 68 71
140 - Tandi von Ruben 70 70, Lee-Anne Pace 70 70
142 - Carrie Park (KOR) 68 74
144 - Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA) 71 73, Ivanna Samu 74 70, Rebecca Hudson (ENG) 72 72, Kiran Matharu (ENG) 72 72
145 - Lejan Lewthwaite 76 69
146 - Hannah Arnold (USA) 77 69, Alexandra Lennartsson (SWE) 73 73
147 - Bertine Strauss 73 74, Kim Williams 76 71
148 - Bonita Bredenhann (NAM) 76 72, Melissa Eaton 76 72
149 - Cecilie Lundgreen (NOR) 74 75, Alana van Greuning 73 76, Monique Smit 76 73
150 - Chiara Contomathios 72 78, Mandy Adamson 76 74
151 - Morgana Robbertze 77 74, Stacy Bregman 76 75, Sofia Ljungqvist (SWE) 74 77
152 - Leanda Schulze 75 77, Hanna Roos (SWE) 77 75, Mae Cornforth 77 75, Nobuhle Dlamini (SWZ) 75 77
153 - Laurette Maritz 77 76, Flavia Namakula (UGA) 75 78
154 - Clara Pietri (SUI) 78 76, Laila Hrindova AMA (SVK) 76 78, Siviwe Duma 81 73
Missed the cut:-
156 - Eva Steinberger (AUT) 77 79, Lauren Taylor (ENG) 81 75, Maria Roos (SWE) 81 75, Monja Richards 84 72
158 - Nora Angehrn (SUI) 80 78, Michelle Leigh 80 78
159 - Laura Sedda (ITA) 80 79, Michelle de Vries 80 79, Katia Shaff AMA (AUT) 82 77
160 - Laura Welch (CAN) 80 80, Kirsty Fisher (SCO) 81 79
162 - Anna Sventrup (SWE) 82 80
164 - Sonja Bland AMA 83 81
165 - Yolanda Duma 82 83
167 - Crizelda van Niekerk 85 82
169 - Muriel McIntyre (CAN) 88 81
170 - Nina Grey AMA 86 84
172 - Desiree Geldenhuys AMA 85 87
173 - Marguerite Pienaar 86 87, Tijana Kraljevic 90 83
176 - Ethel Ruthenberg AMA 95 81
185 - Jacqueline Schram AMA (USA) 94 91

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