Michiel takes halfway lead in Kenyan Open

Michiel Bothma took a step towards winning his first event on the European Challenge Tour on Friday when he took the halfway lead of the Barclays Kenya Open.

He fired a four-under-par 67 on the Muthaiga Golf Club course in Nairobi to move to nine-under-par 133 for the tournament, a one-stroke lead over Switzerland’s Johannesburg-born Andre Bossert and Austria’s Thomas Feyrsinger.

Bothma made six birdies on a second-consecutive hot day, this time in a tricky wind.

“The wind can make life quite tricky at times, because it keeps switching direction so you’re never quite sure which way it’s blowing,” he said.

“But I love the climate out here, and with the altitude the ball flight’s very similar to back home in South Africa, so I feel very much at home. Hopefully I can carry this feeling through to the weekend,” he added.

Bossert’s was the round of the day as he closed in 29. He carded a seven-under-par 64, and that brought hopes of repeating his victory in the event in 1992.

He said: “My win here was a long time ago now, but the place hasn’t changed too much in that time. They’ve made a few alterations to the course, lengthening a few of the holes, but the look and feel of the place is almost identical. So hopefully we can have an identical result come Sunday night.”

First-round leader Tyrone Mordt had a battle in his second round, carding a two-over-par 73 to slip to a share of fifth place.

Josh Cunliffe was in a share of 10th at four-under 138, while Branden Grace and Tyrone Ferreira were on three-under. Daniel Greene fought back to level-par to make the cut, and Jake Roos also got injto the weekend at one-over.

Oliver Bekker missed the cut as did Alex Haindl.

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