Makhetha Mazibuko (left) turned in four-underr-par 32 after starting his second round in the 54-hole tournament on the 10th to move to nine-under-par for the tournament, one behind the first-round leader Callum Mowat.
“It’s good to be playing at home,” said Mazibuko, who made birdies on 13, 14 and 16, and narrowly missed a 30-footer for eagle on the 18th before settling for his fourth birdie.
Dean Burmester also had an eagle putt on 18 at his turn, and shaved the roight edge of the hole from just off the green. His birdie there was the sixth of his opening nine holes, so he turned in six-under-par 30, to also reach nine-under-par for the tournament.
Mazibuko has had a difficult year on the Sunshine Tour, making just two cuts. But he is clearly relishing being on the fairways of his home course after an opening round of five-under-par 67.
Burmester, on the other hand, lies fifth on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit after two victories on the Sunshine Tour – one in the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open and the other in the Lombard Insurance Classic in Swaziland. He is also leading the Chase to the Investec Cup.