“I was a little nervous starting out there this morning and being up there on the leaderboard, but the game is coming right and I’m happy with my progress,” he said.
The 25-year-old’s second round included five birdies and an eagle, which were collectively worth 14 points under the modified stableford scoring format of the tournament. His 36-hole tally was 30 points, which was four better than second-placed Charl Coetzee.
“Today my wedge game and putting kept me in it,” said Van der Walt. “I made an eagle on the seventh and that turned an average round into something nice. I had 190 metres to the flag and hit a nice high cut five-iron to four feet. It was pretty special.”
The Cotswold Downs professional won on the Big Easy Tour last year. This week in Swaziland he’s set his sights on a Sunshine Tour victory, but there is still plenty of golf to be played.
“I’m very positive going into the next two days, but I still haven’t won on the main tour, so any win is big for me. This has been a breakthrough tournament for plenty of good golfers, so we’ll have to see what happens on Sunday afternoon,” he said.
Coetzee took home 13 points for the second day in a row after working his way around Royal Swazi Sun Country Club without a blemish on the card. He reached the 36-hole mark on 26 points, three clear of third-placed Tyrone Mordt.