There were three bogeys on his card, but Jack Harrison was pleased with his morning’s work in the third round of the Sunshine Tour Qualifying School being played at Bloemfontein Golf Club and the neighbouring Schoeman Park Golf Club.
He carded a six-under-par 66 to move nine-under-par after 54 holes in the 90-hole marathon tournament despite those dropped shots, or perhaps because he also made seven birdies and an eagle, the best of the morning rounds at Bloemfontein GC.
Harrison tried his hand at qualifying for the Sunshine Tour in last January’s edition of the Qualifying School, missing out when his final three rounds of 73, 73 and 73 left him one shot out of the top 30 and ties who earned their playing privileges.
“I was pleased with the score – not so much the bogeys,” said Harrison. “Those came from being inconsistent. But my putting was very good. I haven’t looked at the figures yet, but I think I had around 25 putts.
“And it’s strange that I like this course less than I do Schoeman Park. It’s strange, because Schoeman Park is tighter than Bloemfontein, so there is more space for errors on Bloemfontein. But I like the way Schoeman Park forces me to concentrate. It seems to suit my eye, and when I’m on Bloemfontein, it’s almost as if it’s okay to spray the ball around off the tees.”
Despite that, the only player who came close to matching his score in the morning at Bloemfontein was Kevin Rundle, who carded a five-under 67.