Redman eagle puts him front in Vodacom Origins at Simola

Jake Redman chipped in for eagle on 18 to move to 11-under par on Thursday and a three-stroke lead in the second round of the R600,000 Vodacom Origins of Golf event at Simola Golf and Country Estate.

“It helped to chip in at the last,” said Redman of the shot that gave him an eight-under-par 64. “It finished off a good round.”

Behind him, Justin Harding fired a five-under-par 67 to move to eight-under for the tournament. He was joined there by Titch Moore who signed for a second-consecutive 68 and by Anthony Michael who carded a six-under 66 to get into contention.

Redman claimed to have started quietly, although you wouldn’t have said so by looking at his three birdies in the first five holes. “The first couple of holes, I wasn’t hitting it as well as I did the last 12 holes and I just managed to keep scoring,” he suggested.

“It was nice just to be able to score, and then I started playing really nicely,” he added. “I hit a few more fairways today and my iron-play was a lot more accurate and my putting’s been really solid.”

He made a bogey on the 203-metre par-three sixth, and another on the 201-metre par-three 11th, but five more birdies and the chip-in eagle saw him drawing clear at the top of the leaderboard.

He tried without success to get his card on the Asian Tour in January, but he had a solid start to his Sunshine Tour year: “I got off to a good start at the Dimension Data Pro-Am, and unfortunately didn’t finish it off there, and I played solidly at the Telkom PGA Championship the following week and didn’t finish well there either,” he said of a pair of closing 77s at those events.

Redman, who turned professional in 2010 after winning the Sunshine Tour Qualifying School, is seeking his first victory in the paid ranks.

“It would be awesome to win here,” said Redman, who plays out of Fancourt just up the Garden Route from Simola. “But I’m going to have to take it one shot at a time because the biggest thing is to not get ahead of myself.”

Albert Pistorius, who had a share of the overnight lead, was level-par for the second round and five strokes behind Redman on six-under.

Also at six-under were James Kamte, Neil Schietekat and Bryce Easton.

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