Thomas Lovett displayed a cool temperament when he shot a second-round 69 to keep pace with Sunshine Tour Qualifying School leaders Juan Langeveld and Francois Coetzee.
Lovett may have dropped three times during his round, but stayed focused and overcame his bogeys with four birdies and an eagle before closing his Wednesday round just three strokes back from the lead.
After a year away from the Sunshine Tour, Juan Langeveld was hungry to return and carded 66 to take a share of the 36-hole lead at Qualifying School.
He moved to eight-under for the tournament, drew level with Francois Coetzee, and finished two strokes clear of Francois Haughton after round two played out at Schoeman Park and Bloemfontein Golf Clubs on Wednesday.
ÂI was on tour for three years and IÂm looking forward to getting back into it. IÂm hungry, I want to get my card and I want to go out there and get a good category in 2012,Â said Langeveld, who played on the Sunshine Tour from 2007 until 2010.
He anchored his round with a solid eagle at the 9th, immediately steadying the ship after carding bogey on the previous hole. ÂI had just made that drop on the 8th, but after that long putt sank I felt great,Â he said.
Francois Coetzee tore around Schoeman Park in just 65 strokes and made a 28-spot move up the leaderboard as he rocketed into his share of first.
He made eight birdies during the day, five of which came on the front nine, and dropped a lone shot at the 17th to card seven-under for the round. “I’m going to try and win this. I don’t want to fool around with par – I’m just going to keep at it the way I have been doing,” he said.
Jean Fourie made his first-ever hole in one at Bloemfontein Golf Club’s 16th. He took a solid nine-iron into the 169-metre par-three and the ball pitched a metre short of the flag, bounced once and dropped. “I thought it was going to be close, but when it went in I danced on the tee box. That was really fantastic!”
Lovett showed the kind of nerve expected of a golfer on the Sunshine Tour and 36 steady holes have put him within striking distance of the lead ahead of the tomorrowÂs third round.