Sunshine Tour

Groenewald, Hugo share Wild Coast lead

2016-07-29 23:09
Vaughn Groenewald (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Vaughn Groenewald rode a three-birdie streak on Friday to set up his second consecutive four-under-par 66, taking a share of the lead into the final round of the Vodacom Origins of Golf event at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club.

He made five birdies and a bogey, and that was precisely what Jean Hugo made as he, too, carded his second 66 in a row to top the leaderboard.

“I had a good start today,” said Groenewald. “I birdied two, three and four, and then on five, six and seven, I missed a couple of putts. But it’s all out there – so it’s going to be good tomorrow.

“My game was a bit rusty on the first day we got here, but it’s all coming back. And if the wind blows tomorrow, it’s going to be good. It’s actually easier for me playing in the wind,” he added.

And Hugo is a player who also relished the challenges posed by the winds that make coastal courses such different animals to their inland counterparts. “It was tough out there,” said Hugo, “bit it was actually nice. If you play well, you can still score. You had to trust your yardage and what the wind did.

“I played better today than my score reflected. I got the same score as yesterday, but I thought it was better today. But it’s nice to be in the hunt again. It’s nice to be back, and I’m sure the guys are going to go hard tomorrow, and we’ll see what happens.”

Most of the players will be keeping their eyes on what Hugo does: He’s won 11 of the Vodacom Origins of Golf titles over his career, and it has been instructive to watch him ease his way into position to strike as the tournament progresses.

Groenewald is equally experienced, with 21 years on the Sunshine Tour behind him. “The whole thing is you’ve got to trust yourself,” he said. “From that, you learn, and you play to your true potential. You play within yourself. You don’t try to hit shots that you’ll never hit at home.”

There is a trio of golfers one shot back. It is a mix of youth in Christiaan Bezuidenhout and experience in Madalitso Muthiya – and 31-year-old Ockie Strydom who somehow seems to have a bit of both in his game.

Whatever, happens, they will have to take risks in chasing down the leading duo.

SCORES:

132 - Vaughn Groenewald 66 66, Jean Hugo 66 66

133 - Christiaan Bezuidenhout 65 68, Madalitso Muthiya 63 70, Ockie Strydom 65 68

134 - Teaghan Gauche 67 67, Hennie du Plessis 69 65, Kevin Rundle 66 68

135 - Jean-Paul Strydom 68 67, Ruan de Smidt 70 65, Bryce Easton 65 70, Mark Williams 68 67, Ryan Cairns 67 68,Toto Thimba 70 65, Neil Schietekat 70 65

136 - Colin Nel 69 67, Charl Coetzee 72 64, Steven Ferreira 69 67, Merrick Bremner 68 68, Francois Coetzee 69 67

137 - Heinrich Bruiners 71 66, Jared Harvey 71 66, Bryn Flanagan 70 67, Justin Harding 68 69, Keenan Davidse 67 70,Stephen Ferreira 66 71, Daniel Greene 68 69, JC Ritchie 69 68

138 - Morne Buys 69 69, Anthony Michael 71 67, Theunis Spangenberg 66 72, Stefan Engell Andersen 69 69,Christiaan Basson 71 67, Lindani Ndwandwe 68 70, PH McIntyre 69 69, Doug McGuigan 70 68, Peter Karmis 68 70

139 - Jacques Kruyswijk 71 68, Jake Roos 71 68, Werner van Niekerk 67 72, Bryandrew Roelofsz 75 64

Missed the cut:

140 - Brett Liddle 71 69

141 - Ruan Pretorius 70 71, MJ Viljoen 72 69, Gert Myburgh 70 71, Rhys West 72 69, Jason Viljoen 72 69, Oliver Bekker 70 71,Jaco Prinsloo 70 71, Tyrone Mordt 72 69, Etienne Bond 69 72, Russel Franz 73 68, Allister de Kock 71 70

142Ryan Tipping 69 73, Dayne Moore 71 71, Andrew Curlewis 74 68, Jason Froneman 73 69, Andre Cruse 76 66,Pieter Kruger 70 72, Breyten Meyer 68 74, Mark Murless 73 69, Louis de Jager 68 74, Divan Gerber 72 70, Ulrich van den Berg 69 73

143 - Allan Versfeld 74 69, Danie van Tonder 73 70, JJ Senekal 73 70, Wallie Coetsee 71 72, Warren Abery 73 70,Teboho Sefatsa 73 70, Bradford Vaughan 72 71

144 - Alex Haindl 74 70, Rourke van der Spuy 75 69, Le Roux Ferreira 70 74, Matthew Carvell 72 72, Tyrone Ferreira 75 69, Jeff Inglis 75 69, Chris Swanepoel 70 74, Wynand Dingle 68 76

145 - Ruan Huysamen 71 74, Alan Michell 71 74, Jake Redman 76 69, Makhetha Mazibuko 75 70, Bryce Bibby 72 73

146 - Roux Jeffery 75 71, Drikus Bruyns 76 70

147 - Drikus van der Walt 76 71, Antonio Rosado 73 74, Omar Sandys 74 73

148 - Titch Moore 70 78, Greg Bentley 75 73, Gideon Pienaar 71 77, Callie Swart 74 74

149 - Michael Green 77 72, Arthur Horne 79 70, Stuart Smith 77 72, CJ du Plessis 75 74, Lyle Rowe 74 75, Jason Diab 71 78, Jacquin Hess 74 75

151 - Grant Muller 77 74

152 - Mikhail Tewary 77 75, Derick Petersen 74 78

153 - Callum Mowat 75 78, Nic Henning 79 74

157 - Thanda Mavundla 77 80

174 - Kangwine Chiluba 86 88

RTD - Daniel Hammond

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