PH sets up his Zambia campaign

PH McIntyre set himself up for the weekend with a second-round 67 at Lusaka Golf Club on Friday, which boosted him into a share of fourth ahead of the cut at the Indo Zambia Bank Zambia Open.

“I’m very confident and just need to get through everything for the weekend. You need to be patient in this weather – if you lose your head you’re going to lose it,” he said.

The 25-year-old had a hot day with the flat stick, making just 27 putts through the round before signing in at four-under-par for the tournament, four strokes shy of halfway leader Chris Erasmus.

“My ball striking was good, and I putted well,” said McIntyre. “I had only 27 putts, so I’m very happy with that. The main thing is to be relaxed the whole day and things will happen for you.”

The wind blew throughout the day, so the narrow fairways were even tougher to make, yet McIntyre was striking the ball well. Hard work has been paying off for the Heidelberg Golf Club professional, who finished tied 11th at Vodacom Origins of Golf Zebula a week ago.

“Things are coming together for me, now I just need to pull it off. I played last year’s Zambia Open and played nicely there, so I like this tournament,” he said.

JG Claassen shot level-par 73 for the second round to reach the clubhouse at four-under. The big-hitting youngster had a torrid start, making four bogeys on the front nine and turning at three-over for the day.

He upped his game on the back stretch, making two quick birdies at the 10th and 11th. Further birdies at the 14th and 18th secured his share of fourth alongside McIntyre.

JJ Senekal was the first to reach the clubhouse at four-under after a late string of bogeys destroyed his chance at holding the halfway lead. A first-round 69 secured the 24-year-old’s place amongst the leaders, and he will head into the weekend looking to repeat his Thursday performance.

Erasmus opened the tournament with a solid 68. He added three-under-par 70 to his tally, which put him solely into the lead at eight-under-par.

“I’m hitting the ball well and getting it on the fairways and greens,” he said. “You just have to stick to your game plan. It’s a short course, but it’s very tight, so if you start going on a few holes your confidence gets up and you feel good about every swing you make.”

For the fourth week in a row Andrew Georgiou was on song – he penciled in seven birdies and one eagle on his way to 67. He heads into the weekend in sole second at seven-under-par.

McIntyre was ready to contest this weekend, and added: “You have to go all out for it, but your patience must remain – then you might just do this thing.”

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