Bloemfontein Golf Club professional Andre van Zyl knew the best strategy for taking on his home course and its neighbour, Schoeman Park Golf Club, which hosted the second round of Sunshine Tour Qualifying School on Wednesday.
ÂSchoeman Park is there for the taking, you can attack all of the flags because the greens are soft and receptive. At Bloemfontein you have to be careful. The par-threes are much tougher and you have to just hit it middle green and take par, although the par-fives are scoring holes. But I would attack Schoeman Park far more than Bloemfontein,Â he said.
Van Zyl was correct – amateurs Francois Coetzee and Lean Boezaart both played aggressive golf and tore around Schoeman Park in 65 strokes.
Coetzee made eight birdies during the day, five of which came on the front nine, and dropped a lone shot at the 17th to card seven-under for the round. “I’m going to try and win this. I don’t want to fool around with par – I’m just going to keep at it the way I have been doing,” he said.
The score boosted him to eight-under for the tournament and he took the early lead after 36 holes, two strokes clear of Francois Haughton, who shot five-under at Bloemfontein to close the morning in second place.
Boezaart dropped at the 2nd and 10th, but neither bogey would disrupt his charge: he made nine birdies during the day and rocketed up from tied 97th and into an early share of third. “It’s a solid start. The trick here is to take every hole as it comes and stay in the present. There’s a lot of stress, but you just have to push on,” he said.
Jean Fourie made his first-ever hole in one at Bloemfontein’s 16th. He took a solid nine-iron into the 169-metre par-three and the ball pitched a metre short of the flag, bounced once and dropped. “I thought it was going to be close, but when it went I danced on the tee box. That was really fantastic!”
Andre van Zyl had a tough start and went to three-over after four, but changed to a more aggressive strategy and was rewarded with birdies at the 1st, 5th and 9th before signing for 73.
He may not have implemented it correctly, but van ZylÂs strategy rang true at Schoeman Park – aggression was the trick to going low.