Juan retains Big Easy Championship lead

Juan Langeveld continued his march towards becoming the 2014 Big Easy Tour champion when he shot 70 on Tuesday for a two-shot lead ahead of the final round.


The 31-year-old carded 69 on day one and slept on the lead. He managed a solid 70 at The Els Club, Copperleaf on Tuesday to reach the 36-hole mark on five-under-par.


“It was a good round today and I limited my mistakes. I played solid and can’t really complain, because the game’s there and I’m playing consistent golf. Any round under par at this course is good and I feel like I’ve kept the momentum going for tomorrow,” he said.


Earlier this season the Capetonian led going into the final round of the Sunshine Tour’s Qualifying School and he went on to shoot 70 for the final round and win.


The Big Easy Tour Championship carries a R200,000 prize pool and the winner takes home R32,680, so it’s a bigger stage than qualifying school. At the end of the tournament the leader on the Order of Merit is crowned the 2014 Big Easy champion, which is an accolade that Langeveld wants.


“It would be nice to do it, but I won’t count my chickens before they hatch. It would mean a lot to win this and I’m looking forward to tomorrow, but we’ll see what the day brings and take it from there,” he said.


Leading the chase was local member Maritz Wessels, who birdied the 18th for a Tuesday 69 that gave him a fighting chance. The 27-year-old won Big Easy Wingate Park and has enjoyed the opportunity to compete on the development tour.


“It’s quite exciting to go into an event like the Tour Championship. It’s a nice initiative for the tour to give us an event like this where you have an opportunity to feel what it would be like to go into a FedExCup or an Investec Cup in future,” he said.


Also in with a shout was Roberto Lupini, who shot 70 during the second round for a one-under-par total. He’s four shots back and needs a low one to catch up and have a chance tomorrow.


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