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SA’s McIntyre shares lead at African Amateur

At the midway mark of the third African Amateur Stroke Play Championship, South Africa’s David McIntyre, Yashas Chandra from India and Frenchman Edgar Catherine share the lead in a congested leaderboard at Glendower Golf Club.

Out in the early morning, and with a target to chase, Chandra reeled in six birdies to offset a pair of bogeys eighth in a round of 68 to finish on six-under 138.

‘I hit a bad bunker shot at three and gave back the birdie at the first, but I made some good pars to keep the round going,’ said the 22-year-old JWGC golfer. ‘At the eighth, I hit a 3-iron in from 230 yards, lagged it to four feet and holed the birdie putt.’

He birdied the next par-five (13), but dropped short 14th when he got too aggressive off the tee and pulled it well left. He remedied the situation with back-to-back birdies at 15 and 16 and hit a great approach out of the trees on the right of the 18th fairway to set up a 15-footer for final birdie.

‘I’m playing nicely and my swing feels good out there,’ said the Mysore golfer. ‘The key is to be patient; to wait for birdies, and not force it. And to keep it in play. It’s a tight course and very demanding, so you can’t let your focus drop for a minute.’

Former SA Stroke Play champion Catherine sealed a top 10 finish in the 2018 edition at Pecanwood last week. He continued a fine run of form with four birdies and an eagle at the par-five for a 68 to match the clubhouse target.

McIntyre birdied two and six on the front nine, but turned level after bogeys at three and five.

A birdie at 11 and three gains on the bounce from 13 for a 68 saw him join the frontrunners. ‘I nearly holed out at 11, but the ball spun about 35 foot right of the pin,’ said the Eagle Canyon golfer.

‘I holed it for birdie and that gave a little kick of confidence. Made a good par at 12, then made a great up-and-down at 13 for birdie and sunk a 10-footer for birdie at 14. At 15, I hit a disappointing second and missed the green left, but another great up-and-down for birdie.

‘I had chances over the last three holes, but it wasn’t meant to be. I’m really pleased, though, to be in the mix at the halfway-point. It’s all to play for now.’

Tucked in close behind at five-under is James du Preez, coming off a joint fifth place finish in last week’s SA Stroke Play. The Pretoria Country Club carded 70 to edge out Alex Gleeson from Ireland for fourth. Gleeson also returned a 68 that featured four birdies – two at the start of his round at 10 and 11 and two gains to finish.

South Africans Luan Boshoff and Byron Coetzee registered a pair of 69s to grab a share of sixth with overnight leader Frederic LaCroix from France (74) and Coalan Rafferty from Ireland (69).

But none of the golfers could match the round that South Africa’s number one ranked Wilco Nienaber put together.

The 17-year-old from Bloemfontein recovered from a bogey start and fired eight birdies for a seven-under-par 65 that got him back to level par after a disappointing 79 in the first round. Nienaber – whose worst finish in his last five starts was a third place finish at the SA Stroke Play – was pleased as punch.

‘That got me back into the top 20 and I’m in with a chance,’ he said with a wide grin. ‘I was striking it beautifully in the first round, but I couldn’t do anything right and when I found the rough, I was severely punished. I spent a couple of hours putting and chipping after the round until it all felt good again and everything worked really well out there.

‘I never really put myself in trouble. It could have better. I was four-under on the par threes but I only birdied one par-five. Hopefully I can do better on Thursday.’

Nienaber’s 65, a 70 from Martin Vorster and a 71 from Christo Lamprecht lifted the SA Junior Team to the top of the Team Competition standings. The local juniors lead by one from Ireland and are two shots clear of France.

Picture of McIntyre courtesy of Ernest Blignault

Leading Second Round Scores
All competitors SA unless otherwise specified:
138 – David Mcintyre 70 68; Yashas Chandra IND 70 68; Edgar Catherine FRA 70 68
139 – James du Preez 69 70
140 – Alex Gleeson IRL 73 67
141 – Coalan Rafferty IRL 73 68; Luan Boshoff 71 70; Byron Coetzee 71 70; Frédéric LaCroix FRA 67 74
142 – Martin Vorster 73 69; Cameron Moralee 73 69; Nicholaus Frade 71 71; Louis Albertse 71 71
143 – Ryan van Velzen 74 69; Christo Lamprecht Jnr 74 69; Jeremy Freiburghaus SUI 73 70; Malcolm Mitchell 71 72; Matt Saulez 70 73
144 – Wilco Nienaber 79 65; Robin Dawson IRL 73 71; Dylan Kok 72 72; Clément Charmasson FRA 70 74
145 – Luca Filippi 75 70
146 – Jack Gaunt ENG 77 69; Euan Walker GBR 76 70; Keegan Mclachlan 74 72; Tiarnan McLarnon IRL 74 72; Chris Woollam 73 73; Jayden Schaper 72 74; Mark Power IRL 72 74
147 – Jonathan Yates IRL 77 70; Andrew Wilson ENG 76 71; James Sugrue IRL 75 72; Calum Fyfe SCO 74 73; Deon Germishuys 73 74; Kartik Sharma IND 71 76
148 – Alan Lones 79 69; Kyle de Beer 76 72
149 – Neal Woernhard SUI 78 71; Darren Howie SCO 75 74; Guillaume Chevalier FRA 75 74; Sam Locke SCO 74 75; Gregory Mckay 73 76; Paul Waring ENG 72 77
150 – Titouan Berny 77 73; Maximillian Boegel GER 75 75
151 – John Paterson SCO 78 73; Siyanda Mwandla 78 73; Jordan Burnand 77 74; Loris Schuepbach SUI 77 74; Christopher van der Merwe 76 75; Keelan van Wyk 75 76; Jason Rossiter 75 76
152 – Otto van Buynder 82 70; Romain Lanteri FRA 81 71; Hayden Griffiths 79 73; Aneurin Gounden 78 74; Sheoran Dhruv IND 77 75; Clayton Mansfield 77 75; Andrew Carlsson 75 77
153 – Andre van Heerden (Jnr) 81 72; Casey Jarvis 78 75; Nicola Gerhardsen 78 75; Callum Mackay GBR 76 77; Theunie Bezuidenhout 76 77
154 – Philip Kruse 77 77; Caylum Boon 77 77; Victor Veyret FRA 77 77; Keaton Slatter 75 79
155 – Thomas Boulanger FRA 80 75; Charles Larcelet FRA 77 78; Varun Parikh IND 76 79
156 – Darin de Smidt 80 76; Pierre Pellegrin 78 78; David Nortje 75 81
157 – David Langley GBR 82 75; Antoine Sale 82 75; Jakub Hrinda 82 75; Samual Mckenzie 77 80; Barry Anderson IRL 76 81
158 – Mandla Dlamini 80 78; Jacob Oakley ENG 75 83

Team Competition Round One
Round One – Singles (best three scores of four to count)
422 – Team South Africa Jnr 219 Jayden Schaper 72 Martin Vorster 73 Christo Lamprecht Jnr 74; 203 Wilco Nienaber 65 Christo Lamprecht Jnr 69 Martin Vorster 69
423 – Team France 207 Frédéric LaCroix 67 Edgar Catherine 70 Clément Charmasson 70; 216 Edgar Catherine 68 Frédéric LaCroix 74 Clément Charmasson 74
424 – Team Ireland 1 218 Mark Power 72 Robin Dawson 73 Alex Gleeson 73; 206 Alex Gleeson 67 Coalan Rafferty 68 Robin Dawson 71
431 – Team South Africa 216 Matt Saulez 70 Malcolm Mitchell 71 Luca Filippi 75; 215 Luca Filippi 70 Malcolm Mitchell 72 Matt Saulez 73
436 – Team India 217 Yashas Chandra 70 Kartik Sharma 71 Varun Parikh 76; 219 Yashas Chandra 68 Sheoran Dhruv 75 Kartik Sharma 76
439 – Team Ireland 2 225 Tiarnan McLarnon 74 James Sugrue 75 Barry Anderson 76; 214 Jonathan Yates 70 James Sugrue 72 Tiarnan McLarnon 72
440 – Team England 225 Paul Waring 72 Andrew Wilson 76 Jack Gaunt 77; 215 Jack Gaunt 69 Andrew Wilson 71 David Langley 75
440 – Team Scotland 223 Calum Fyfe 74 Sam Locke 74 Darren Howie 75; 217 Euan Walker 70 Calum Fyfe 73 Darren Howie 74
443 – Team Switzerland 228 Jeremy Freiburghaus 73 Loris Schuepbach 77 Nicola Gerhardsen 78; 215 Jeremy Freiburghaus 70 Neal Woernhard 71 Loris Schuepbach 74
468 – Team Reunion 242 Christian Verrougstraete 80 Romain Lanteri 81 Alexandre Lasalarie 81; 226 Romain Lanteri 71 Antoine Sale 75 Christian Verrougstraete 80
488 – Team Mauritius 240 Pierre Pellegrin 78 Florent Toulet 80 Rakesh Channoo 82; 248 Pierre Pellegrin 78 Florent Toulet 82 Rakesh Channoo 88