2015 MENA Tour Order of Merit Winner Thriston Lawrence fired a five-under-par 66 on day two of the South to East Challenge at Zwartkop Golf Club, which left him one stroke back of clubhouse leader Bryandrew Roelofsz.
With a R500, 000 prize fund up for grabs, a good finish tomorrow could see Lawrence earn some valuable points in this years order of merit, on both the Sunshine Big Easy Tour and MENA Tour.
“Winning would mean a lot. I missed three events on the MENA Tour – I was well placed on the order of merit in the beginning of the year – so a win will obviously be nice and get me back on track,” said Lawrence.
An early morning start tested players at Zwartkop Golf Club, however Lawrence adapted well and started with birdie on the par-five first.
“Yeah I started off nicely with a birdie on the first – in the cold – and that helps. After that it was just solid play hitting greens in regulation. I had back-to-back birdies on five and six, but overall it was just fairways and greens and I made a few putts,” he said.
“In the mornings you have to stay patient. You know the grass is really wet and the greens are tricky. If you short side yourself you’re not going to have a good chance of making an up and down. You have to plan your game correctly around here and hit the ball in the right spots.”
The small greens at Zwartkop Golf Club have proved to be a good challenge for the co-sanctioned field and Lawrence said a tweaked game plan yielded more birdie opportunities in round two.
“Yesterday was conservative. Today I tried to be more aggressive because there are a lot of shadows around the greens and coming in from a long distance it’s tough to see where the flags are. I tried to hit my driver all day and it worked out pretty nicely and gave me a lot of birdie opportunities,” Lawrence explained.