David continues South African success

David Ward took his second 4&3 victory during round two of the ISPS Handa SA Disabled Match Play Championship at Zwartkop Country Club on Friday.

“I hit the ball solid and found the fairways. With the trees round here if you make fairways it makes it a bit easier. I had trouble with my putting early on, because I was a bit excited. I was shooting them all past, but once I hit one stiff I was in the groove,” he said.

The 48-year-old from Plymouth relished the competitive rounds and wrapped up his match with Nico Wentzel by the 15th hole.

“This tournament is excellent,” said Ward. “For ISPS and the South African Disabled Golf Association to hold it for us is great. It’s my first time to South Africa, and I’m enjoying the heat.”

The Brit enjoyed the match play format, and added: “I like match play, because you can wait for your opponent to make a mistake and that changes your attack. If he’s there then you have to attack as well, which makes it interesting.”

Ward gained entry to the event through the On Course Foundation, whose founder and chairman John Simpson said yesterday: “The On Course Foundation was launched in 2010, and we teach golf on a long-term basis to injured, current and former servicemen and women. We then get them work experience and full-time employment within the golf and related industries.”

On the South African front, Daniel Slabbert took 17 holes to overcome his mentor Chris Wood. It was a less commanding victory than his 8&7 over Paul Skivington during round one, but Slabbert showed solid nerve throughout the round.

“It was quite a good day. Playing against my mentor was interesting and he fought back right through the day. I just wanted to play my normal game, but I knew I would give a few strokes, so I had to be on top of it when that happened.

“Match play is a go-for-it or lose game. I think on some occasions it’s just about making the fairway, but other times you’ve got to try shots you’d never normally go for,” he said.

James Hourigan took an impressive 4&3 victory over Rupert Fortman, while Conrad Stoltz left it a bit closer in his 2&1 win over Reinard Schuhknecht.

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