Peter rises into Lombard Classic contention

2015 Lombard Insurance Classic: Day 2Peter Karmis carded a second-round 65 on Saturday at Royal Swazi Sun Country Club and claimed the early lead at the Lombard Insurance Classic on a 12-under-par total.

“I played well today, made some good putts to save pars and took birdies opportunities when they came. I’m driving it well, my iron play is good, and I’m putting well, so I just had to be smart and not get too bold,” he said.

The Simonstown local won the Lombard Insurance Classic in 2007 and 2009, the latter of which included a final-round 59. He drew on those memories during his flawless Saturday round of seven-under-par.

“The course is going to give you some birdies, so you try not to mess it up by making bogeys. The key was to not freak out. You carry on with a general attitude, put your head down and keep going.

“I like this tournament and the course is in the best condition I’ve ever seen it. This time of year is fantastic and it was just pleasant golf today. All of that combined to make it a great round,” he said.

The 33-year-old set the tone on day two and looked to Sunday for a chance to claim a third victory in Swaziland. If there’s a player who knows how to win there, it’s Karmis.

“I’m aiming to stay bogey free. If I can do that then I’ll be in the mix. The strategy is to stay smart and keep the mistakes off the card, because pars don’t hurt you,” he said.

Ruan de Smidt and Neil Schietekat both shot 66 and rose into an early share of second place on seven-under-par, while four players shared fourth place on six-under.

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