Jared keeps pace at Rocklands

Rookie Jared Harvey kept up with the pace during pre-qualifying for the Telkom PGA Championship and shot 70 at the Rocklands course at Country Club Johannesburg to claim one of the 10 places on offer.

The 2011 amateur strokeplay champion played mercurial golf during the round, but scrambled well and eventually shared second with Wynand Dingle as 61 players fought for a place in the R3,5-million event.

Dismas Indiza shot an impeccable 67 to lead the qualifying by three strokes. The Kenyan blasted through the front stretch in 32 blows and carded an eagle at the 13th en route to his five-under total.

Harvey started with style, making an eagle at the par-five third. He continued to cruise and made birdies at the fifth and sixth, leaping to four-under.

The first wobble of his round came just ahead of the turn – he dropped shots at the eighth and ninth and headed for the back stretch at two-under.

After a few pars, a birdie at the 13th seemed to indicate that Harvey had settled, but it was not the case and he finished bogey, birdie, bogey. His early scoring overcame the deficits and earned him a spot, but his success this week will be restricted if he continues to make that many mistakes.

Dingle must have been amused by his card today, due mainly to the oddity of his scoring. His only bogeys came at the first and last holes, and his four birdies ran consecutively from the 11th to 14th.

Sharing fourth at one-under were Welshman Stuart Clark, David Ryan, Teboho Sefatsa, Allister de Kock and Irvin Mazibuko, the latter two of whom earned Tour cards at Vusi Ngubeni Qualifying School.

Ashley Roestoff and England’s Peter Wilson carded level-par to claim the final two places on offer.

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