Bad weather won’t dampen John’s spirit

Perpetual thunderstorms wreaked havoc during the second round of the Vusi Ngubeni Qualifying School on Wednesday, but John Bele remained undeterred and focused on winning one of the 15 Sunshine Tour cards on offer.


“I’m hitting the ball great and I just have to keep playing, keep going. The last two days is where it gets more interesting and it depends on how you’re taking the pressure,” he said.


Bele has 18 years of experience under his belt and when bad light forced a suspension in play at 6.55pm at Crown Mines Golf Club he accepted the situation.


“I’ve been through this before and it all comes down to how you handle it. It’s not going to be easier with everyone looking and thinking that I have an advantage because of my experience. It’s about how you hit the ball on the day, how you take each shot,” he said.


The afternoon field is yet to complete the second round and the clubhouse lead is level par, a score set by Teboho Sefatsa. 2013 Vusi Ngubeni winner Makgetha Mazibuko took an early hold on second place on a one-over-par total and was joined by amateur Mpho Mafishe shortly before the hooters sounded for the suspension of play.


Bele worked his way around Crown Mines in 71 strokes during round one. To stay within striking range require him to produce solid play when he completes the last two holes of his second round at 6.30 on Thursday morning.


“I’m just trying to keep the ball in play – hitting fairways and greens is key around here. I’m glad they changed the venue, because everyone knew Observatory Golf Club. Crown Mines is not an easy course and I’m looking forward to the challenge over the next two days,” he said.


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