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Foreign duo of From, James make the early running at Randpark

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International campaigners Fredrik From and Mark James both took route 66 at Randpark Golf Club on Tuesday and pulled clear of the chasing pack in the second round of the final event in the Race to Q-School Series.

In his second start on the IGT Challenge Tour, From swept into pole position with eight birdies, including five on the back nine of the Firethorn Course. The Swedish golfer leads the field at 12-under, and is two shots clear of James from England.

Duane Keun carded successive rounds of 68 to lead the local challenge at eight under, while joint overnight leader Matt Bright went around in 72 strokes to finish a further stroke back in a tie for fourth with Mpumalanga amateur Ruhan van Dijk, who also fired a 66.

From brought some good form to South Africa and notched top five finish in his debut at The Els Club Copperleaf last week.

James, meanwhile battled a balky putter for a share of 22nd, however, the Sussex golfer was smiling broadly after day two at Randpark.

‘I got the flat-stick going finally and had a really great putting round,’ said the 27-year-old PGA Teaching Professional. ‘I hit it just the same as last week, but I had about 10 three-putts less.’

James got off to a fast start with an eagle at the par five second and birdies at three and four kept the positive momentum going. ‘I hit a solid drive down the fairway at the second and knocked a 6-iron from 190 metres out to seven foot and sank the putt,’ he said. ‘At three, I hit it to eight feet and I was on the green for two at the fourth and left in the jaws for another eagle.

‘Made another good birdie at six to turn five under and then the putter went cold a little for the next four holes. Boxed another short putt for birdie at 14 and nearly holed out at 15. The ball pitched an inch from the hole and stayed put.

‘Had my only three-putt of the day at 16, but overall, it was a solid round and I’m keen to see what I can produce in the final round.

James also competed in a few IGT Challenge Tour events last year, but this year there is significantly more pressure.

‘This is a really great tour to play, especially during the British winter and I decided to come out and try for the Sunshine Tour this year,’ he said. ‘I gave up my teaching job at Pyecombe and came out three weeks ago to prepare for the Qualifying School, but I had a terrible start.

‘I was struggling with vertigo and nausea at Killarney, but at least I played three rounds, so I have a good idea what to expect at First Stage. Last week was better, but not great because the putter was so cold, but I’m pretty pleased with the game right now. I an eagle and three birdies over the same stretch of holes on round one and today gave me some good confidence to take into the final round.’

Another Englishman also teed it up at Randpark, hoping to shake off the winter rust.

In 2013, Jimmy Mullen and Matt Fitzpatrick were the only amateurs to make the weekend in the Open, and the Devon golfer made his pro debut in the 2015 Alfred Dunhill Links right after he won all four his matches to help Great Britain and Ireland to victory in the 2015 Walker Cup.

Rounds of 75 and 71 will see the 25-year-old Mullen start the final round in joint 35th.

Picture of James courtesy of CJ du Plooy

Second Round Scores
All competitors SA unless otherwise specified and amateurs indicated as AMA.
132 – Fredrik From (SWE) 66 66
134 – Mark James (ENG) 68 66
136 – Duane Keun 68 68
137 – Ruhan van Dijk AMA 71 66, Matt Bright 65 72
138 – Philip Eriksson (SWE) 71 67, Juan Langeveld 69 69, Albert Venter 69 69, Tristen Strydom 65 73, David McIntyre AMA 67 71, Andrew Carlsson AMA 67 71, Jason Rossiter AMA 70 68
139 – Jacques de Villiers 68 71
140 – Estiaan Conradie 70 70, Ruan Korb 70 70
141 – Ruan Conradie 72 69, Roberto Lupini 73 68, Louis Albertse AMA 74 67, Luke Brown AMA 72 69, Dylan Mostert AMA 73 68, Anton Haig 73 68, Michael Pfeifer AMA 70 71, Phillip Kruse AMA 69 72
142 – Pieter Moolman 68 74, Marco De Beer 72 70, Kyle Barker 70 72, Yubin Jung 71 71
143 – Tokkie van den Berg 71 72, Steven Lecuyer (CAN) 71 72, Armand van Dyk AMA 74 69
144 – Andrew Burmester 74 70
145 – Paul Colditz 74 71, Maritz Wessels 73 72, Teboho Sefatsa 76 69
146 – David Rebelo AMA 76 70, Conway Kunneke 73 73, Peetie van der Merwe 74 72, Zabastian de Jager 74 72, Basil Wright 74 72, Clinton Grobler 74 72, Jason Roets 75 71, Jimmy Mullen (ENG) 75 71, Axel Arinbjarnarson (SWE) 72 74, Mpho Mafishe 79 67, Albert Visser 75 71, Tiaan Diederiks 74 72
147 – Philip Geerts (ITA) 76 71, Leon Visser 73 74, Zander Gous AMA 75 72, NJ van der Walt AMA 77 70, Jonathan Waschefort 74 73, Michael Schutz 72 75, Arno Pretorius AMA 76 71, CJ Levey 75 72, Jens Hillerman AMA 74 73
148 – Eric Nel 73 75, Andi Dill 72 76, Leon Vorster AMA 76 72
149 – Rafael Parra (VEN) 72 77, Bryce Myburgh 75 74, Jack Duthie 75 74, Juran Dreyer AMA 77 72, Paul Boshoff 78 71, Christian Larsson (SWE) 76 73, Werner van Wyk 74 75, Harry Konig (ENG) 71 78, Gilson Filho (BRA) 76 73, Stephan De Beer 75 74

Missed the cut:
150 – Terence Mogapi 78 72, Ryan Woolley AMA 75 75, Dylan Docherty 78 72, Letsoso Letsai AMA 73 77, Bryce McCabe 75 75, Wayne du Toit 76 74
151 – Shaun van Tonder 77 74, Richard Joubert 76 75, Paulo Serrao AMA (POR) 77 74, Dylan O’Leary 78 73, Neal Herman 77 74
152 – Matthew Rossouw AMA 77 75, Michael Dreyer 74 78, Neville Mitchell AMA 78 74, Craigen Clough AMA 82 70, Banele Motloung AMA 77 75, Terry Smith 75 77, Jadrick Fourie AMA 76 76, John Bele 78 74, Jaco van der Merwe AMA 76 76
153 – Byron Sampson AMA 74 79, Kalle Nilsson (SWE) 77 76, Stephen Forsyth AMA 74 79, Carlo Heunis AMA 81 72
154 – Hendrikus Stoop 75 79, Adriel Poonan 79 75, Wayne Stroebel 76 78
155 – Donald Makhafola AMA 75 80, Matthew Vogel 76 79, Stephane van Neer AMA (COD) 75 80
156 – Wessel van Wyk AMA 78 78, Norman Beggs 76 80, Fritz Orren AMA 79 77
157 – Werner Lourens 80 77
158 – WM Coetzee AMA 77 81, Michael-James Steyn 80 78, Thabi Ngcobo 83 75, Jihwan Yeom AMA 81 77, Stephan du Toit AMA 78 80, Ruben Labuschagne 80 78
159 – Liam Clinton AMA 77 82, Alwyn Smith AMA 75 84, Adam Botha AMA 87 72, Allan Jirek AMA (CZ) 80 79, Paul de Beer 83 76
160 – Christof Appel 82 78
161 – Bradley Van Biljon 81 80
162 – Martin Odendaal AMA 77 85
163 – Divan van der Merwe AMA 85 78
166 – Jason Hale AMA 80 86, Matthew Kiewitz AMA 87 79, Adam Baker 86 80
170 – Joshua Pelser AMA 85 85
171 – Trevor Barnes AMA 84 87
172 – Alec Ahrens 88 84
186 – FJ Staal 93 93


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