Chris Erasmus enjoyed himself on Friday at Lusaka Golf Club, and that paid dividends in the form of a second-round 70 and the Indo Zambia Bank Zambia Open lead.
ÂI made a lot of putts, and Reggie (Adams) was also making some putts, so we got into a fun little match play between ourselves to see who could make putts, challenging each other,Â he said.
Ahead of a 36-hole cut, Erasmus shot a solid three-under-par 70 to reach eight-under for the tournament, which secured his spot at the top of the morning leaderboard.
ÂIÂm hitting the ball well and getting it on the fairways and greens,Â he said. ÂYou just have to stick to your game plan. ItÂs a short course, but itÂs very tight, so if you start going on a few holes your confidence gets up and you feel good about every swing you make.Â
The 27-year-old started on the 10th and wasted no time in going low, making consecutive birdies at the 12th and 13th.
ÂI hit a silly shot on the 12th Â a snap-hook left and had 180 to the flag, so I punched it through the trees. I made it onto the green and made the putt for birdie, and that kind of started the round,Â he said.
A drop at the 13th threatened to slow his pace, but the Pearl Valley Golf Estate player blasted straight back into the spotlight with an eagle at the 14th. ÂI made a good eagle on 14 Â I hit driver and then seven-iron to about three feet,Â he said.
Andrew Georgiou shot 67 and continued a superb run of good form, which includes three top-five finishes over the last three weeks. He eagled the par-four first hole and continued to cruise from there.
ÂYesterday I got accustomed to the course, and then today I had 150 to the flag on the first hole and hit a nice little nine-iron; bang in the hole. I birdied the next hole and then sank a 30-footer on the third for birdie, and then made another birdie after that Â I was five-under through four holes! I just tried to keep it cool after that and played solidly,Â he said.
Anthony Michael carded one-under-par 72 to take hold of an early share of third. He felt there was a vast difference between yesterday and today.
ÂItÂs much tougher out there compared to yesterday,Â he said. ÂThe pins today are very tricky and it just isnÂt playing the same way it was, but thatÂs the game.Â
Erasmus was keen to head into the weekend in contention, and added: ÂIÂm hitting the ball solidly and IÂm looking forward to playing this weekend. I might need to be a bit more aggressive, because these guys can play, so you have to fight to get up there.Â