Mordt squeezes into next stage

Tyrone Mordt finished the European Tour qualifying school first stage tied for 23rd at Wychwood Park on Friday and due to his top-25 finish has qualified for the next leg.

Mordt carded a mediocre 74, but his three-over-par result was enough to secure his spot alongside countrymen Allan Versfeld and Le Roux Ferreira.

28-year-old Mordt carded a solid opening 71, but signed for 74 on the second and fourth day at a tournament in which just 13 players finished below par.

Mordt, who tied for 14th at the SA Open last year, did not fall apart and his 291 tally kept him just inside the cutoff line.

Versfeld was the most consistent South African at the event, and finished in a share of ninth at two-under.

Versfeld shone as a rookie on the Sunshine Tour this year and showed promise with his tournament score of 286, despite finishing nine strokes shy of winner Steven Uzzell, the only player who seemed to relish the event.

Ferreira had a strange run of things when he opened with a 74 and then shot 68 for round two.

He went on to card 75 and 73, closing the event at two-over and sharing 16th.

Andrew Georgiou, Darryn Lloyd and Nico Els failed to make the top-25 and will miss out on a coveted European Tour card.

With ten top-10 finishes on the Sunshine Tour, Mordt knows how to keep up with the pack, and will need to do so come the second stage in November.

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