The 21-year-old, fresh off a three-shot victory at the King’s Cup in Swaziland last week, was able to put two shots between himself and second-placed Jason Froneman and NJ Arnoldi.
“It was important for me to get that win in Swaziland and it helped me a lot today,” said Bezuidenhout. “In these tough conditions I left some shots out there, but any round under par was a good score, especially with the wind blowing at a course like this.”
He did the hard yards over the front nine and reached the turn in four-under.
“I had a good front side that started with a brilliant birdie at the first, where I holed a chip from over the back of the green. I hit it to six feet on the fifth and made another birdie there, and then on the eighth I hit driver and then nine-iron to about 15 feet, but the eagle putt lipped out and I made a four. At the next hole, the ninth, I sank a nice birdie putt from about 20 feet to turn in four-under,” he said.
The wind picked up during the course of the day and Bezuidenhout struggled to continue scoring on the back nine. In spite of the trying conditions he played the second loop in level-par 36 and put himself in pole position ahead of the final round.
The young gun showed his class at Glendower, which plays host to the South African Open Championship and has a rich history as a championship venue.
“I played the SA Open here in 2013 and played well, even though I missed the cut by two shots. It’s one of my favourite courses in Gauteng and I managed it well and kept my bad shots to a minimum. I’m building confidence, but there are 18 holes to play tomorrow and I need to get the job done,” he said.