13th April 2018 | Sunshine Tour
Flawless Haindl takes Zanaco lead
Alex Haindl carded an unblemished eight-under-par 64 in the second round of the Zanaco Zambia Masters at Lusaka Golf Club to total nine-under for the tournament and take a one-shot lead into the weekend.
He was among the lucky players who teed off in the afternoon when the gusting wind had died down a little, and he took full advantage of the conditions in style on Friday. Teeing off on the 10th, Haindl wasted no time in getting down to business with a birdie on the first hole that was followed by a par. Another birdie on the 12th, his third, was followed by five straight pars and another birdie to go three-under on the front nine.
“I played nicely today and I played nicely yesterday too,” he said, “I just had a few bad lies yesterday and kept going birdie, bogey, birdie and so on. I just kept the bogeys off the card today and I managed to stay away from the bunkers which are really challenging, but other than that, I just did the same things I did yesterday.”
Haindl didn’t relent on the homeward nine as he made another birdie to keep things tight. The eagle he made on the next hole was probably what he needed to continue his onslaught because, despite the four consecutive pars he made from the 12th through to the 15th, he made further gains when he birdied his 16th and 17th holes before making par on the last.
He acknowledged that playing in a three-ball – with JJ Senekal who carded an impressive nine-under on Friday, and Tyrone Ferreira didn’t play bad either despite the score saying the opposite – where all three players were doing great was another form of motivation as also another motivator.
“It was definitely nice,” he said of the group in which he played, “the three of us get along very well and JJ and kept going at each other and we kept pulling each other along. So, it was a really nice day.”
Tied for the second spot a single shot behind Haindl is the duo of Stephen Ferreira and Senekal. Ferreira carded a second successive 68 to total eight-under. But unlike Haindl who teed off in the afternoon, Ferreira had to endure the wrath of the strong wind that made it even tougher to navigate around this tree-lined layout in Lusaka.
“It was playing very tough out there,” Ferreira bemoaned the tough conditions. “It was swirling around again like yesterday, and a bit cold. But I am happy with my score. I just tried to stick to the same game plan as yesterday, because of the wind, you have to make sure you come in from the fairway then go middle-greens. Don’t try to attack too many flags but it was good.”
Jaco Ahlers played himself to fourth on the leaderboard with a four-under-par 68 finish while Daniel van Tonder kept his composure in testing conditions to sign for a level-par second round and take the fifth spot behind Ahlers. He shares that spot with Lyle Rowe, Christiaan Basson and Merrick Bremner who rallied to a respectable two-under on Friday.