Scramble for Vaughan in BMG Classic second round

Bradford Vaughan scrambled his way to the early second-round lead of the R600,000 BMG Classic on Saturday as his two-under-par 70 gave him a one stroke edge at Glendower Golf Club.

“I was just looking at my stats card,” said the 36-year-old Vanderbijlpark professional,” and I hit three fairways the whole day.”

Despite that kind of waywardness, he led Ockie Strydom by one, after Strydom carded a five-under-par 67 to move to five-under 139 for the tournament ahead of the cut.

“The short game, thankfully, is really razor sharp at the moment,” said Vaughan. “If it wasn’t, I’d probably still be out there.”

After his opening 68 was somewhat spoiled by a bogey-bogey-double bogey run, Vaughan got off to a shaky start with bogeys on the first and the fifth, but he fought back with birdies on eight and nine.

He bogeyed 12, and then got things together as the swirling wind settled in behind him and he made three birdies in the final six holes.

“Even though the conditions were tough, I really struggled with my swing,” he said. “After hitting it so well yesterday, it just wasn’t there today at all.”

The wind was making it difficult for all the players, but the 26-year-old Strydom’s single bogey and six birdies seemed to belie that.

The 26-year-old has been a professional since 2009, but it took a good season on the Sunshine Big Easy Tour presented by Stonehage – four top-10s on the 11-tournament circuit to get him into contention on the main tour.

And rookie Allan Versfeld continued his superb run of form with a blistering six-under-par 66 with eight birdies and two bogeys to slip into a share of third with defending champion Brandon Pieters, Christiaan Basson, Ulrich van den Berg and Michael Scholz.

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