7th March 2018 | Sunshine Tour
Lecuyer maintains Killarney lead
Canadian Steven Lecuyer continued his surge up the first stage qualifying school leaderboard at Killarney Golf Club where he shot a second round two-under-par 68 to maintain a one-shot lead on Wednesday.
Following his first round 66, Lecuyer continued from where he left off, making a birdie on the first hole to kick start things.
“I started off well,” said Lecuyer, “I hit it to a couple of inches of the first hole, made birdie. I kept on hitting good shots but on seven and eight I made a couple of bad swings but after that made another birdie on nine and then all pars on the back except for the one birdie.”
Those bad swings on eight and nine cost him dearly because apart from the birdies he made on the first hole and last holes of the front nine, Lecuyer had another birdie on the par-five fifth. His back nine was very measured as he gave nothing away and only took that birdie on the par-three 14th.
While he will feel undone by the shots he dropped today, Lecuyer will not pressure himself into committing more silly mistakes as he pushes to secure a spot in the final stage in a fortnight’s time at Randpark Golf Club.
“I think I played pretty solid,” he said, “and, I will just go out and do what I have been doing all along. I’m looking forward to the rest of the week.”
Hot on his heels, as was the case in round one, was Arno Pretorius who also signed for a 68. Just as Lecuyer did, Pretorius made three birdies on the front nine but an unwanted bogey on eight threatened to derail his round before the turn. He took a par on the 10th but that was also affected by the bogey on the next hole. He went on a run of six consecutive pars before making birdie on the last hole.
Sweden’s Phillip Eriksson and Paul Boshoff share the third spot for the week on three-under and will look to intensify their fight as the top spot is a mere three shots from their grasp while Matthew Rushton is a shot further.
Over at State Mines Country Club, Clinton Grobler’s two-under 70 round was solid enough to see him usurp overnight leader, PJ van der Merwe, by a single shot after the latter shot a level-par round.
While it is Grobler and Van der Merwe who occupy first and second positions, respectively, on the leaderboard, it was Jimmy Mullen and Wayne Stroebel who produced the goods in day two. Mullen shot an impressive seven-under 65 to take his total for the week to six-under and catapulted himself to a share of third with Stroebel whose six-under 66 was spoilt by the back-to-back bogeys he made on 17 and 18.
CJ Levey moved up to fifth on the leaderboard at State Mines and will fancy his chances seeing he is just five shots back of the leaders and with 36-holes still to be played.