Golf

Ulrich hot on Da Silva's heels

2011-09-01 22:24
Ulrich van den Berg (File)
Kathu - Ulrich van den Berg shot a second-round 71 in the Vodacom Origins of Golf event at Sishen Golf Club to hold sole possession of second, one shot behind the lead ahead of the final day in the R540 000 event.

Van den Berg’s second round took his tally to five-under for the tournament, but Brazilian Adilson da Silva’s 67, the best round of the tournament so far, took him a stroke clear of his chaser.

Despite a birdie on the first, gusty winds penalised Van den Berg, who hit only eight fairways during his round. “The wind was whipping around and with a lot of cross-wind tee shots it makes scoring tough,” said Van den Berg, who signed for a 68 in his first round.

He knew to play carefully in tough conditions. “I played conservatively off the tee, used a lot of irons and kept the ball low and out of the wind,” he said.

Van den Berg missed a short putt on the third and carded his first bogey to move back to level-par before playing out his front nine with a string of pars. He birdied straight after the turn and returned to one-under.

The Serengeti Golf Estate professional would bogey the par-three 13th. “When you get on the green and three-putt it’s a bit hard to swallow; it was tough out there,” he said.

Van den Berg birdied the 14th before making par through the rest of his round and signing for his 71.

Da Silva made six birdies and dropped just one shot to card 67 and take his tournament total to six-under 138.

Louis Calitz held station at five-under through much of the afternoon before a late drop on the 16th hole of his round put him back into a share of third with Willie van der Merwe and rookie Allan Versfeld.

Neil Cheetham and Jacques Blaauw both shot four-under for their second rounds and share sixth with Devonde Botes, who carded three-under-par 69 today.

Scores (RSA unless specified):

138 - Adilson da Silva (BRA) 71 67
139 - Ulrich van den Berg 68 71
140 - Willie van der Merwe 69 71, Allan Versfeld 70 70, Louis Calitz 68 72
141 - Neil Cheetham (ENG) 73 68, Desvonde Botes 72 69, Jacques Blaauw 73 68
142 - Neil Schietekat 69 73
143 - Louis de Jager 75 68, Bradford Vaughan 74 69, Bryce Easton 70 73, Jake Roos 70 73
144 - Louis Moolman 70 74, Grant Muller 73 71, Doug McGuigan 71 73, Christiaan Basson 71 73, Steven Ferreira 71 73, Jean Hugo 68 76, Jaco Ahlers 71 73
145 - Teboho Sefatsa 72 73, Colin Nel 73 72, Lindani Ndwandwe 76 69, Trevor Fisher Jnr 70 75, Justin Harding 73 72
146 - Dean O'Riley 72 74, Oliver Bekker 75 71, Theunis Spangenberg 74 72, Albert Pistorius 74 72, Clinton Whitelaw 76 70, Merrick Bremner 72 74, Alan Michell 68 78, Des Terblanche 73 73, Justin Walters 71 75, Charl Coetzee 71 75, PH McIntyre 73 73
147 - Reggie Adams 77 70, Andrew Curlewis 74 73
148 - Dean Burmester 75 73, Lyle Rowe 73 75, Johan Bekker 75 73, Josh Cunliffe 74 74, Johan du Buisson 75 73, Jeff Inglis (ENG) 76 72, Prinavin Nelson 72 76
Missed the cut:-
149 - Ryan Cairns (ZIM) 75 74, JG Claassen 75 74, Irvin Mazibuko 70 79, Toto Thimba (Jnr) 71 78, Ryan Tipping 75 74, Chris Swanepoel 73 76, James Kamte 79 70
150 - Alex Haindl 77 73, Adrian Ford 71 79, JJ Senekal 76 74, Omar Sandys 73 77
151 - Keenan Davidse 76 75, Bennie van der Merwe 78 73, Rossouw Loubser 77 74, Brett Liddle 74 77
152 - Andre Cruse 74 78, Vaughn Groenewald 74 78
153 - Francois van Vuuren 77 76, David Hewan 76 77, Attie Schwartzel 77 76, Ryan Strauss 75 78
154 - Brandon Pieters 81 73, Grant Veenstra 77 77
155 - PG van Zyl 79 76
157 - Hendrik Buhrmann 74 83
159 - Derik Ferreira 80 79, Divan van den Heever 78 81
 

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