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Veteran Horne leads at Arabella with second round 69

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Keith Horne posted a second successive three-under-par 69 score at the Vodacom Origins of Golf tournament hosted at Arabella Golf Estate to move two strokes clear and remain top of the leaderboard after the second round.

Teeing off from the 10th in round two, the veteran made pars on 10 and 11 before making birdies on 12 and 13. He didn’t drop a shot on that stretch, but his homeward nine was a bit indifferent, as three of the four birdies he made there were cancelled out by dropped shots on the third, fifth and seventh holes.

‘It’s a great golf course and a tough test,’ Horne noted after his round. ‘I’ve actually played pretty solidly the last two day – two three-unders. I’d like to say I’m a little disappointed with three-under, because I really had some great opportunities to put a good score out there.’

Despite feeling as though he left some out there, Horne will be delighted with the two-shot gap he’s opened between himself and the closest man, England’s Scott Campbell, who lurks on four-under for the week. ‘I felt like I could have shot at least five-under out there on each day. I felt like I played well enough to get to that score. I just let it slip away towards the end of each round,’ he said.

Unlike Horne, however, Campbell was a lot happier with his round, as he posted a second two-under-par 70 in the cold and windy conditions. ‘I’m very happy,’ Campbell said, ‘because I played well again. It’s nice to have a good finish. I finished with three birdies in a row, so that’s always nice.’

And while the wind might have been an issue for some players, the 26-year-old Englishman was not troubled at all. ‘I quite like the wind. I’ve got quite a low ball flight, so I don’t really mind the wind,’ Campbell added.

In third position on moving day is Titch Moore, who is on three-under after shooting a 69. Jacquin Hess, who is a member of the Gary Player Class of 2017-18, Neil Schietekat, Chris Swanepoel, Daniel van Tonder, Lyle Rowe and Wynand Dingle share fourth spot, as they are all on two-under-par for the tournament.

Jaco Ahlers – after missing the cut in last week’s Sun Carnival City Challenge – looks like a man on a mission, and he shares 10th with defending champion Vaughn Groenewald, Breyten Meyer, Ockie Strydom and Keenan Davidse on one-under.

The final round promises fireworks, as things can change very quickly on this coastal golf course.

Scores:
138 – Keith Horne 69 69
140 – Scott Campbell 70 70
141 – Titch Moore 72 69
142 – Jacquin Hess 70 72, Neil Schietekat 72 70, Chris Swanepoel 72 70, Daniel van Tonder 72 70, Lyle Rowe 72 70, Wynand Dingle 69 73
143 – Jaco Ahlers 73 70, Vaughn Groenewald 71 72, Breyten Meyer 71 72, Ockie Strydom 73 70, Keenan Davidse 71 72
144 – Jake Roos 73 71, Peter Karmis 71 73
145 – Chris Cannon 74 71, Jean-Paul Strydom 74 71, Doug McGuigan 72 73
146 – Andre Nel 72 74, Andre De Decker 74 72, Steven Ferreira 73 73, Jean Hugo 73 73, Stefan Engell Andersen 76 70, Stephen Ferreira 72 74
147 – Matthew Spacey 73 74, Makhetha Mazibuko 76 71, Hennie du Plessis 77 70, Jaco Prinsloo 70 77, Michael Palmer 69 78, Charl Coetzee 76 71
148 – Altaaf Bux 73 75, Matthew Carvell 73 75, Allan Versfeld 76 72, Alex Haindl 77 71, Rourke van der Spuy 76 72, Tyrone Ferreira 77 71, Christiaan Basson 74 74, Irvin Mazibuko 74 74, MJ Viljoen 76 72


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