Trevor Fisher Jnr gave himself a chance to win his first coastal tournament when he carded a three-under-par 67 on Thursday to take a share of the 36-hole lead in the Wild Waves Golf Challenge.
His score drew him level with Ross Wellington, who fired a six-under 64 at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club to be at nine-under for the tournament.
While his round didnÂt scale the heights of his 66 of the opening round when he made eagle on the 16th, and then five consecutive birdies around the turn, he kept his score going in the right direction with a patient display.
ÂI left a lot out there,Â he said. ÂThere were one or two silly little bogeys, but the putter wasnÂt as hot as it was yesterday.Â
And Fisher, who has a reputation for ditching a cold putter for another from a stash in the trunk of his car, said this one would stay in his bag a little longer: ÂIÂm keeping this one for a while,Â he said. ÂIÂm putting nicely, just leaving them short Â on line, but short.Â
Wellington got hot ahead of the turn in his round, making three birdies and an eagle in four holes. He rode that momentum to his share of the lead.
He and Fisher had a two-stroke lead over Vaughn Groenewald and Tyrone Ryan after they carded 67 and 66 respectively. Ryan made a double-bogey six on 18 which saw him slip out of a share of the lead at nine-under.
Going into the final round, Danie van Tonder, Oliver Bekker and Derik Ferreira were on six-under, three off the pace.
Ferreira had an extraordinary round, starting on the 10th, where he made the first of just three birdies in his six-under 64. He made eagle on 12, birdie on 14, eagle on 16 and bogey on 18 to turn in 30. And then he made pars all the way home until his final hole as he birdied nine.
But shot of the day belonged to Grant Muller, who made an albatross two on the 12th: ÂI hit a rescue about 217 yards,Â said Muller of his second tournament albatross. ÂI couldnÂt see it go in, because I was behind the banana trees, and when I got to the green, I thought my ball might be in a sprinkler head hole, or in a bunker at the back.
ÂBut I looked closely at the hole as I walked past, and there it was,Â he added. He went into the final round on two-under-par after his 66.
Up ahead, Fisher has lofty aims. ÂI havenÂt won a tournament at the coast yet,Â he said, Âand it is one of my goals, so IÂll see what I can do tomorrow.Â