Sunshine Tour

Kruyswijk grabs lead at Royal Cape

2016-11-25 19:21
Jacques Kruyswijk (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Jacques Kruyswijk admitted that he hasn’t been the best player on coastal golf courses throughout his career, but Friday’s second round at the Lion of Africa Cape Town Open, saw Kruyswijk card a brilliant six-under 66 to lead defending champion Brandon Stone by three. 
 
“This was the most enjoyable round I have had all year,” he said after a solid round, which saw him overtake overnight leader Michael Palmer on Friday.
 

Growing up in the Highveld, Kruyswijk concedes that he was not the best coastal player in the past but says good preparation is paying off for him.

“Preparation is key to all my tournaments. I feel I did very well with my coach; working on playing at the coast. You know a couple of years back I was not the best coastal player,” he said.Despite the afternoon winds, Kruyswijk said his only strategy was to remain calm and keep playing well.

“The strategy was just to get the ball in play. I mean, the wind was up today; this afternoon, and I feel it’s very easy to hit yourself out of position, you know. I kept calm and hit a couple of irons off the tee and the 3wood off the tee, and it helped me a lot,” said Kruyswijk.

Second behind him is the defending champion, Brandon Stone, whose total of eight-under-par showed a man who is intent on becoming the first player to defend this title at Royal Cape Golf Club.

Despite the wind picking up at the oldest club in the country, the reigning SA Open champion seemed to enjoy himself over the first two rounds.

“The weather has played its part, but I am really enjoying the Royal Cape Golf Club,” said the champion who finds himself  sharing second place alongside Justin Harding.

Stone and Harding are closely followed by Louis De Jager who seems to be thriving too on coastal courses, as he fired a four-under 68 that included three birdies and an eagle.

With the wind forecast to be around 40km/h for the third round on Saturday, players like Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Justin Harding and Michael Palmer will feel they have plenty of time to catch the leading man. 
 
Scores:
 

133 - Jacques Kruyswijk 67 66

136 - Brandon Stone 66 70, Justin Harding 68 68

137 - Louis de Jager 69 68, Christiaan Bezuidenhout 67 70, Michael Palmer 63 74, Mark Williams 70 67

138 - Anthony Michael 68 70, Jbe' Kruger 70 68

139 - Werner van Niekerk 71 68, Neil Schietekat 71 68, Jacques Blaauw 70 69, Tjaart van der Walt 69 70, Ryan Tipping 68 71, Wynand Dingle 68 71

140 - JC Ritchie 71 69, Jake Roos 74 66, Peter Karmis 71 69, Andre de Decker 70 70, Jaco Ahlers 68 72, Heath Slocum 70 70, James Kamte 69 71

141 - Tristen Strydom 70 71, Zander Lombard 69 72, Andrew Georgiou 71 70, Drikus Bruyns 70 71, Makhetha Mazibuko 70 71, Jake Redman 71 70, Mark Murless 70 71, Dean Burmester 70 71, Teaghan Gauche 69 72

142 - Ross McGowan 72 70, Danie van Tonder 75 67, Wallie Coetsee 69 73, Bryce Easton 68 74, Dylan Frittelli 69 73, Oliver Bekker 69 73

143 - Ryan Cairns 68 75, Keenan Davidse 74 69, Jean-Paul Strydom 70 73, Rhys West 73 70, Morten Orum Madsen 71 72, Le Roux Ferreira 71 72, Theunis Spangenberg 76 67, Titch Moore 69 74, Jeff Inglis 74 69, Callum Mowat 70 7

144 - Kevin Rundle 73 71, Jared Harvey 71 73, Ulrich van den Berg 73 71, Vaughn Groenewald 72 72, Madalitso Muthiya 71 73, Steven Ferreira 69 75, Heinrich Bruiners 72 72, Warren Abery 70 74, Matthew Carvell 67 7

145 - Doug McGuigan 72 73, Grant Veenstra 72 73, Rhys Enoch 73 72, JJ Senekal 73 72, Lindani Ndwandwe 69 76, Morne Buys 71 74, Hennie Otto 70 75, Bradford Vaughan 72 73, Daniel Greene 69 76

Missed the cut:

146 - Russel Franz 72 74, Jacquin Hess 72 74, Jaco Prinsloo 72 74, Hennie du Plessis 75 71, Allan Versfeld 72 74, Mikhail Tewary 72 74, Stefan Engell Andersen 73 73, Rourke van der Spuy 71 75, Gert Myburgh 75 71, Toby Tree 68 78, Bryn Flanagan 70 76, Teboho Sefatsa 72 74, Tyrone Mordt 75 71, Jack Harrison 70 76

147 - Toto Thimba 73 74, Scott Vincent 72 75, Ruan Pretorius 73 74, Neil Cheetham 74 73, James Wade 75 72, Stuart Smith 72 75, Steve Surry 73 74, Merrick Bremner 75 72, Chris Swanepoel 70 77, CJ du Plessis 75 72, Pieter Kruger 74 73

148 - Dale Brandt-Richards 74 74, Antonio Rosado 71 77, PH McIntyre 74 74, Ockie Strydom 73 75, Jonathan Agren 74 74, Andrew Odoh 73 75, Irvin Mazibuko 74 74, Sean Bradley 71 77, Tyrone Ferreira 72 76, Alexander Pitty 74 74, Alan Michell 74 74

149 - Arthur Horne 77 72, Dwayne Basson 76 73, Jason King 73 76, Francesco Laporta 73 76, Michael Hollick 74 75, Erik van Rooyen 77 72, Bryce Bibby 74 75, Gregg Upton 75 74, Wayne Bradley 73 76, Lyle Rowe 73 76, Colin Nel 74 75, Omar Sandys 71 78, Mike Michell 69 80, Trevor Mahoney 71 78

150 - Tyron McComb 75 75, Breyten Meyer 74 76, Clayton Bridges 76 74, Jeff Hopkins 72 78, Divan van den Heever 74 76, Charl Coetzee 72 78

151 - Christiaan Basson 75 76, Ruan de Smidt 72 79, Andrew Curlewis 75 76

152 - Keagan Beyer 72 80, Gideon Pienaar 78 74, Andre Cruse 77 75, Jason Froneman 77 75, Gerrit Foster 73 79

153 - Robert Wiederkehr 79 74, Ryan Bernard 76 77, Stephen Ferreira 79 74, Greg Bentley 75 78, Roy Da Costa 78 75, Jason Viljoen 77 76, Tyrone Ryan 78 75

154 - Mohammad Rauf Mandhu 75 79, Martin Rominger 76 78, Ganeev Giddie 77 77, Derick Petersen 77 77

155 - Mervyn Galant 73 82, Allister de Kock 76 79

156 - Ben Fouchee 81 75, Brett Liddle 75 81, Neal Herman 75 81

157 - Kayyam Rauf Mandhu 77 80, MJ Viljoen 76 81, Neil Whitehorn 75 82

158 - Jack Kutumane 79 79

160 - De Waal Botha 76 84

161 - Edwin Kutara 81 80, Callie Swart 82 79, Johan Engelbrecht 80 81

162 - Conor Thornton 83 79

166 - JP Laubscher 82 84

172 - Shane Granger 85 87

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