Erik in contention once again

2015 Wild Coast Sun Challenge: Day 2Erik van Rooyen was in contention for the second time in two weeks after he shot shot 67 on Thursday to put himself within two shots of the Sun Wild Coast Sun Challenge lead.

“I’ve learnt quite a bit over the last couple of weeks. I didn’t finish great last week and I’ll take the positives out of that and play steady golf tomorrow. I’m two off the pace and in a great spot, so anything could happen,” said the 25-year-old.

One week ago at the Vodacom Origins of Golf at San Lameer he had a crack at the title, but fell away after posting a final-round 82.

“I was a little hard on myself over the weekend and with the way I finished, but it’s about how you bounce back. I’ve done a good job of that this week and hopefully I can continue to play solid golf,” he said.

This week at Wild Coast Sun Country Club he’s managed to get straight back into the mix and will tee up in the final round with two strokes separating him and 36-hole leader Ulrich van den Berg.

The Sunshine Tour is a breeding ground for talent and Van Rooyen, who captained the University of Minnesota golf team in his college days, is aiming to springboard onto the Tour later this season.

“My goal is to make Qualifying School at the end of the year and all of this builds towards that. A win would be great, but if I don’t that’s okay, because I’m still working towards my goal. I’m playing well, so I’m happy enough,” he said.

In professional golf there is no substitute for a victory and the Cape Town local will be keen to get a maiden win under his belt, especially with this being his second chance in a fortnight.

Van den Berg played confident golf on Thursday to leave the competition in his wake. The seven-time Sunshine Tour champion’s love for the course was almost palpable as he went round in 64 and reached the 36-hole mark on 10-under-par.

“It’s one of our grand layouts. The land it traverses is amazing and to build a golf course on these hills is truly magnificent. There are some of the most dramatic golf holes here and it would be in my top five in South Africa, without a doubt,” he said.

Trailing closely behind was Vaughn Groenewald, who carded 67 for his second round and reached the clubhouse on nine-under.

“It was a tough day, but I was going nicely and managed to finish strong. I birdied four of the last six today and I’m feeling confident, so tomorrow should be good,” he said.

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