Day two at Mount Edgecombe Country Club was tricky due to the blustery conditions and Hugo felt the effects.
“It was a struggle, but I played well today. In these windy conditions one bad shot can cost you a few strokes, so all-in-all 71 is a good round,” he said.
It was real grind on Thursday, but the 17-time Sunshine Tour winner handled the pressure well and limited his mistakes. He made amends for a late drop at the 16th with a birdie at the 17th to maintain a score of level par for the second round.
“I played the tough holes well, but overclubbed on the 16th and went over the back and made bogey. The 17th was a nice, stress-free hole. I hit a good drive and then hit my approach to four feet and made birdie, which kept the round together,” he said.
Hugo won a fortnight ago at the Vodacom Origins of Golf at San Lameer and is primed to lift a second trophy. One round remains for him to get the job done.
“It’s going to be a tough final round, but I’m ready for that. There are a lot of guys lurking, so we’ll try to get off to a solid start and take it from there,” he said.
Bryce Easton rose into contention with a one-under-par round of 70 and was one of five players tied for second place. The Durban local will be looking to regain the form that saw him win twice on the Sunshine Tour in 2012.
Also tied for second place was Mount Edgecombe professional Jared Harvey, who joined Easton on a three-under-par total ahead of a cut to the leading 40 players and those tied on the number.