Overnight storms made the course soft, which meant that it played long, but Mazibuko had a fine day with his irons and that helped him to a leading total of four-under-par at the halfway mark.
“It was tough, because we had long irons approaching the greens, so I needed my short game to be sharp. To shoot 71 was good and I’m looking forward to the next two days,” said the 26-year-old.
This week’s tournament aims to give previously disadvantaged golfers a fair chance of making it onto the Sunshine Tour, where the graduates will compete for a season.
Mazibuko is no stranger to the event and at Observatory Golf Club in 2013 he won by an incredible 10-shot margin. This week he’s in position to achieve a similar feat, but 36 holes remain before the result is decided.
“I am happy with my position and I prefer to be in front, because it helps me to relax. I don’t like to be forced to attack flags. I know I’m far ahead with the lead, but the other guys know how to play,” he said.
The Bloemfontein local took part in the Sunshine Tour Qualifying School one week ago and missed his card by one shot. He was rearing to make amends in Johannesburg this week and looks set to clinch one of the 15 cards on offer.
“I made some mistakes in Bloemfontein last week and I’m trying to rectify that. I feel ready to contend on the Sunshine Tour and my whole game feels good, so I’m looking forward to the the rest of the week and the year,” he said.
Kenneth Dube shared the overnight lead with Mazibuko but slid back to a share of second place after carding 74 for his second round.
Sipho Bujela shot 70, which was the low round of the morning, to rise into a share of second. The 24-year-old is looking to qualify for a third year on tour.