“I was chasing today, because the course was there for the taking. The greens were running a bit slower, so you could really go for the putts,” he said.
The weather was cool and overcast throughout the day, which made it a low scoring affair. Hess was able to make the most of his chances and kept the bogeys off his card while adding three birdies and an eagle.
That took him to five-under-par for the tournament, 10 shots behind leader Trevor Mahoney, who carded 62 on Wednesday to pull away from the rest of the field.
“That was impressive golf by Trevor,” said Hess. “I wanted to catch him, but he was just playing so well. I’m happy to have played my way into the tournament, but the next two days are where it really counts.”
The 72-hole tournament is named in honour of former Sunshine Tour board member Vusi Ngubeni and offers the top 15 players a chance to compete for the coming season.
Hess was determined to earn his place amongst the top 15, but in order to do so will need to continue his run of good form.
“Hopefully I can give myself a good chance this week, because it’s such an important tournament for us. I want to get the chance to compete on the Sunshine Tour in 2016,” he said.