Bradford leads in Zambia after rampant back nine

After racing through the back nine in 30 strokes, Bradford Vaughan carded 67 for round two of the KCM Zambia Open and held a one-stroke lead after 36 holes at Nchanga Golf Club on Friday.

Vaughan added to a first-round 68 for his tally of 135 blows, and at nine-under-par was a shot clear of Divan van den Heever and Jean Hugo.

“On the par-three 11th I landed nearly a foot from the hole, and that got me back to even and I thought ‘come on, let’s make a couple more’ and the next thing I knew I had shot six-under on the back nine,” said Vaughan.

Vaughan would birdie the 18th to close the day, but really solidified his lead a hole earlier when he hit a great iron into the green on the par-five 17th and was left with a 10-foot putt, which he boxed for eagle.

The two remaining birdies of his round were carded at the par-five 13th and the par-four 15th.

Despite making birdie on the second, Vaughan had a tough start and dropped at the fourth and sixth before making the turn at one-over. “I had a slow start and didn’t hit many quality shots on the front nine, but I was hitting it okay,” he said.

Hugo made his way through the front nine in 31 before signing for his second-round 66, which secured his share of second at eight-under-par.

“I think percentage golf is going to be the key, you don’t have to chase to succeed on this course,” said Hugo.

Morning starter Van den Heever shot 67 for round two after carding 69 in the opening round and shared second ahead of the third round.

Vaughan dominated the back nine in both of his rounds and can be expected to go low again in the third round from the moment he turns back to the clubhouse.

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