15th March 2018 | Sunshine Tour
Discipline, hard work pay as Sefatsa takes Modderfontein lead
A third-round four-under-par 68 for Teboho Sefatsa at the Vusi Ngubeni Stroke Play took his total for the week to five-under and gave him a share of the lead with amateur Franklin Manchest at Modderfontein Golf Club.
He says it wasn’t by chance that he has had a solid week at Modderfontein and looks set to reclaim his Sunshine Tour card come Friday.
“Hard work pays, at the end of the day,” he said, “I mean, you can never get it right sitting at home. You have to put in the hours; do your chipping, do your putting., do your mental work. It’s ‘discipline plays and hard work pays’.”
His third round consisted of five birdies and the solitary bogey he made on the 16th hole, but Sefatsa would not let that dropped shot get his spirit down.
“It was a solid round all the way,” he said, “On 16 there, I hit it past the flag. There’s a tough flag there, then I hit a good second putt and thought it was in the hole but didn’t go in. But, look, I can’t complain about that because I played 17 other good holes, so it was just one of those things.”
Now, going into the final round in a share of the lead, Sefatsa admits it is a satisfying thought to know he will start the round in contention for a spot among the 15 that will get their Sunshine Tour playing cards at the end of this event.
“It’s satisfying to be where I am right now,” Sefatsa admitted, “it shows my hard work is paying off. This is exactly where I should be because, obviously, I have had my issues with my game over the last couple of years but I’m in a better space mentally and I’m looking forward to the final round.”
Grinding today to keep his spot atop the leaderboard, Manchest shot a level-par round. The three birdies he made on Thursday were cancelled out by the dropped shot on the sixth hole and the double drop on the par-four 12th. He was solid and matured enough to keep more bogeys off his scorecard and goes into the final round safely inside the top-15.
Amateur Fezekile Kana continued with his fine form as he signed for three-under 69 and take the third spot on the leaderboard. The fourth spot is shared by the two unrelated Mazibukos, Irvin and Makhetha, alongside Allister de Kock who came into the third round second behind Manchest. Heinrich Bruiners also had a steady round, signing for a 72 to occupy the seventh spot on level-par while Adriel Poonan and Derick Petersen share the eighth spot on two-over.