Sunshine Tour

Kamate leads into final round in Zambia

2016-04-23 17:37
James Kamte (File)

Cape Town – James Kamte made the most of moving day at the 2016 Zambia Sugar Open by carding a sensational third round, eight-under-par 65 at Lusaka Golf Club.

On 14-under-par, Kamte leads a cramped chasing pack going into Sunday by three strokes.

Kamte’s round included 11 birdies, three bogeys and only three birdies and he was almost left speechless in his post-round interview.
He said, “It was a special round today. I think I got stuck more into my game plan today. It just was a perfect round, you know. You don’t get too many like this. 11 birdies and three bogeys, I mean I don’t know what to say. It was a good round.“

Unlike yesterday, Kamte managed to take advantage of the par-fives around Lusaka Golf Club, and birdied four of the five.

He said, “I played the par-fives badly yesterday. I was one-over on them yesterday. Today I just told myseld that I needed to focus until the last hole. It’s great to see that I’m up there and that I’ve given myself a chance.”

Four players are three strokes further back, with Krugersdorp native Ruan de Smit making the biggest move of out of the bunch.
De Smit said, “I got off to a slow start, but played really nicely from there. I hit my driver the worst all week, but I think I had 10 putts on the back-nine which definitely helps a lot.“

De Smit was questioned about what it will take to take home with the trophy on Sunday and he simply said, “Go low on the back-nine. Just take advantage of the four par-fives on the back-nine and hopefully it’s enough to beat the guys out there.”

Jan Hugo and Ulrich van den Berg join de Smit in second position on 11-under-par for the tournament. Hugo brought the gathering crowd to their feet on the 18th green with a chip-in eagle to card a back-nine of five-under-par 33. 

He said, “It’s always nice to finish like that. It gives you a little boost for tomorrow. It shows you that you should never give up. That’s probably the motto for the week; you know ‘Anything can happen’. I’ll take that into tomorrow and we’ll see what happens.”

In typical moving day fashion, Merrick Bremner shot up the leaderboard froma share of 23rd to sole possession of sixth place. His third round six-under-par 66 leaves him four shots off the lead on 10-under-par.

He said, “I’m really pleased. I set it alight a bit on the back-nine and hit a few shots really close. I drove the ball well and gave myself a lot of opportunities.”

Round two leader Andrew Georgiou finds himself five shots off the pace after an unfortunate triple-bogey eight on the par-five 10th
hole.

With an abundance of birdie and eagle opportunities on the back-nine, it will be a fascinating Sunday in Lusaka, and Kamte knows he will need to keep his cool to take home the trophy.

He said, “I’ve got one hand on the trophy now. I need to just keep my head and just keep going.”

Scores

205 - James Kamte (RSA) 66 74 65

208 - Ruan de Smidt (RSA) 70 70 68, Jean Hugo (RSA) 69 70 69, Ulrich van den Berg (RSA) 67 71 70, CJ du Plessis (RSA) 70 67 71

209 - Merrick Bremner (RSA) 73 70 66

210 - Jean-Paul Strydom (RSA) 71 72 67, Chris Swanepoel (RSA) 71 68 71, Andrew Georgiou (CYP) 69 66 75
211 - Jacques Kruyswijk (RSA) 73 71 67, Colin Nel (RSA) 69 72 70, Erik van Rooyen (RSA) 71 69 71
212 - JC Ritchie (RSA) 76 67 69, Louis de Jager (RSA) 70 72 70, Zander Lombard (RSA) 73 69 70, Doug McGuigan (SCO) 70 69 73
213 - Bryce Easton (RSA) 74 71 68, Teboho Sefatsa (RSA) 73 72 68, Jaco Prinsloo (RSA) 70 74 69, Christofer Blomstrand (SWE) 73 71 69, Lindani Ndwandwe (RSA) 72 70 71,Scott Vincent (ZIM) 71 70 72
214 - MJ Viljoen (RSA) 73 73 68, Tyrone Mordt (RSA) 74 72 68, JJ Senekal (RSA) 76 69 69, Ryan Tipping (RSA) 70 74 70, Keenan Davidse (RSA) 73 70 71,Steve Surry (ENG) 71 72 71, Morne Buys (RSA) 68 75 71, Ryan Cairns (ZIM) 72 69 73, Russel Franz (RSA) 71 70 73, Jonathan Agren (SWE) 71 70 73
215 - Rourke van der Spuy (RSA) 78 67 70, Le Roux Ferreira (RSA) 75 69 71, Calvin Pearson (RSA) 69 70 76
216 - Jaco Ahlers (RSA) 70 75 71, Danie van Tonder (RSA) 73 72 71, Oliver Bekker (RSA) 71 73 72, Madalitso Muthiya (ZAM) 70 73 73, Alexander Knappe (GER) 73 70 73,Stephen Ferreira (POR) 73 70 73, Jason Froneman (RSA) 69 73 74, Allan Versfeld (RSA) 68 73 75
217 - Andrew Curlewis (RSA) 74 71 72, Bradford Vaughan (RSA) 74 71 72, Etienne Bond (RSA) 73 72 72, Wallie Coetsee (RSA) 72 72 73, Lyle Rowe (RSA) 74 70 73
218 - Teaghan Gauche (RSA) 67 76 75, TC Charamba (ZIM) 75 67 76
219 - Jack Harrison (ENG) 68 70 81
220 - Lean Boezaart (RSA) 74 73 73, Jeff Hopkins (IRL) 73 73 74, Justin Harding (RSA) 74 72 74, Neil Schietekat (RSA) 69 76 75, Breyten Meyer (RSA) 73 71 76
221 - Kevin Rundle (RSA) 71 76 74, Stefan Engell Andersen (KEN) 73 74 74, Dayne Moore (ZAM) 70 77 74, Drikus van der Walt (RSA) 72 70 79
222 - Nemanja Savic (SRB) 71 76 75, Dwayne Basson (RSA) 71 76 75, Henry Featherstone (ENG) 73 73 76, Vaughn Groenewald (RSA) 72 73 77,Thanda Mavundla (RSA) 75 70 77, Heinrich Bruiners (RSA) 76 68 78
223 - Michael Hollick (RSA) 71 76 76, Steven Ferreira (RSA) 75 71 77
224 - Jared Harvey (RSA) 72 72 80

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