Irvin forced to hold tight at Observatory

Irvin Mazibuko moved to tied third after he shot three-under-par for day two, but had to hold tight at Observatory Golf Club as Allister de Kock and Michael Dreyer moved to a three-stroke lead.

Mazibuko’s three-under-par second round drew him level with Alpheus Kelapile at four-under, two strokes shy of the lead at Vusi Ngubeni Qualifying School.

“I just tried to keep it steady today, because there is still a lot of golf to play. I just want to make sure I’m there on Friday,” he said.

The 33-year-old had a quick start, carding birdies at the 1st, 6th and 8th. He made the lone drop of his round at the 5th and turned at two-under.

During the second nine his only deviation from par was a birdie at the 14th and the Sunshine Tour veteran held on, closing the day at four-under.

Michael Dreyer’s aim for Wednesday was to repeat his opening round of 69. He was successful and thus moved to six-under. “I’m just taking it day by day – I’ll keep pushing at it and do my best,” he said.

Uitenhage local Allister de Kock quit his job at the beginning of the year to pursue a golfing career. His decision was vindicated when he shot an incredible 65 and leapt into a share of the lead. “I quit my job and tried to give golf a chance. This is my first real tournament, and because I have nothing to lose I think it’s helping me go out there and play the game,” he said.

Mazibuko’s tournament experience paid off and he stayed in contention of the leaders, which makes him a noticeable threat to first place this week.

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