Sunshine Tour

Schietekat holds lead as rain lashes St Francis Bay

2018-09-28 11:01
Neil Schietekat (Gallo Images)

St Francis Bay - As the wind and rain battered St Francis Links on Friday, Neil Schietekat held a three-stroke lead after 36 holes ahead of the final round of the Vodacom Origins of Golf tournament there.

The players finished in the dark the day before as they raced to get the second round played on the same day as the first so they could batten down the hatches.

Schietekat carded a seven-under 65 in his second round to go with his opening 68, and was pleased with the way things turned out.

“I got off to a nice start when I made four birdies in a row,” he said of his second-round action.

“I made a couple of putts. I felt as if I left three or four out there coming in, but you’re going to turn your nose up at a 65.”

That seven-under card was bogey-free, and he had a three-shot edge over Titch Moore, and Eastern Cape Local who is only too conscious of how the wind can make things unplayable at St Francis Links. Moore carded a second-round 70, and he was in turn a shot clear of Jake Redman, Jake Roos, Alex Haindl and CJ du Plessis.

Defending champion Doug McGuigan found himself five strokes adrift, together with Ulrich van den Berg and Daniel Greene.

For Schietekat, who has won twice on the Sunshine Tour this season already - at Sun City in June and two weeks ago at Arabella - his performance is a product of confidence.

“We all hit the ball very similarly,” he said.

“We’ve got our own strengths here and there, but confidence is massive and I’m riding a wave of that at the moment. I’m loving it.”

Despite that, he’s looking for a little bit more at the Sunshine Tour heads towards the summer and the big tournaments co-sanctioned with the European Tour and Asian Tour.

“Even though my game looks good, it still feels as if I’m leaving a lot of shots out there - believe it or not with 11-under after two rounds.

“I’ve got a lot of confidence. I get up on the shots and I really commit to them. If I make a couple of putts I can maybe compete in the bigger events,” he added.

As the players ride out the win - in many cases glued to television screens showing Ryder Cup action - Schietekat is pretty clear about how he’ll approach Saturday’s final round.

“There are a lot of guys three or four back, and they’ll come out hot,” he said.

“But I’ll just stick to my guns and I am pretty confident in the way I’m playing. If I make a couple of putts, I’ll make it quite easy for myself.”

Scores:

133 - Neil Schietekat 68 65

136 - Titch Moore 66 70

137 - Jake Redman 71 66, Jake Roos 69 68, Alex Haindl 68 69, CJ du Plessis 66 71

138 - Ulrich van den Berg 68 70, Doug McGuigan 68 70, Daniel Greene 68 70

139 - Desne Van Den Bergh 66 73, Andre Nel 69 70, Jonathan Agren 67 72

140 - Jean Hugo 69 71, Jaco Ahlers 68 72, Hennie du Plessis 72 68

141 - Andrew Curlewis 69 72, Hennie Otto 67 74, Colin Nel 67 74, Jacques P de Villiers 75 66

142 - Franklin Manchest 76 66, Peter Karmis 68 74, Merrick Bremner 71 71, Keenan Davidse 69 73, Steve Surry 68 74, Wallie Coetsee 69 73, Anton Haig 70 72, Steven Lecuyer 69 73

143 - Jade Buitendag 70 73, Chris Cannon 70 73, Herman Loubser 70 73, Thriston Lawrence 70 73, Chris Swanepoel 72 71, James Kamte 71 72

144 - Luke Jerling 76 68

145 - Vaughn Groenewald 72 73, Jacques Blaauw 70 75, Daniel van Tonder 71 74, Callum Mowat 75 70, Ruan Conradie 72 73

146 - Teaghan Gauche 74 72, Estiaan Conradie 77 69, Derick Petersen 73 73, Pieter Moolman 77 69, Louis Albertse 70 76, Allan Versfeld 72 74, Hayden Griffiths 72 74

Missed the cut:

147 - Michael Hollick 72 75, MJ Viljoen 74 73, Heinrich Bruiners 77 70

148 - Ruan de Smidt 76 72, Wayne Stroebel 76 72, Keelan Africa 69 79

149 - Michael Schutz 74 75, Theunis Bezuidenhout 72 77

150 - Ryan Tipping 74 76, Roberto Lupini 75 75, Marthin Scheepers 75 75, David McIntyre 74 76

151 - Matt Bright 74 77, Charl Coetzee 71 80, Allister de Kock 74 77, Breyten Meyer 71 80, Duane Keun 76 75, Jason Smith 71 80, Basil Wright 74 77

152 - Lyle Rowe 71 81

153 - Paul Boshoff 80 73, Combrinck Smit 76 77, Trevor Fisher Jnr 77 76

154 - Justin Turner 70 84, Jason Viljoen 77 77

155 - Aubrey Beckley 77 78, Damon Stephenson 74 81

156 - Altaaf Bux 76 80

157 - Erhard Lambrechts 80 77, Jacquin Hess 78 79

158 - Jason Rossiter 82 76

159 - Phumlani Maluka 79 80

160 - Jabulane Mabilane 78 82

161 - Cameron Moralee 76 85, Francois van Vuuren 81 80

164 - Fezekile Kana 78 86

165 - Andrew Carlsson 82 83

RTD - Marc Cayeux 74 RTD

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