Birdies were a little harder to come by on the second day of the Vusi Ngubeni Qualifying School being played at the Observatory Golf Club as Ali Tsai took the lead at two-under-par 142.
Tsai carded an even-par 72 to lead by two strokes from overnight leader Joe Trongo and Solly Mokgari who were on level par for the tournament ahead of the cut.
Trongo added a three-over 75 to his opening 69, while Mokgari was one of only three players to better par on the day with his second-round 70.
Sunshine Tour regulars Derick Petersen and John Bele were a further stroke back at one-over for the tournament after Petersen went one-over 73 in his second round and Bele made 74.
Tsai made three bogeys in his round, and managed to make up for the slip each time with birdies immediately thereafter: So the bogey on six was matched with a birdie on seven, and the bogey on 13 was negated by a birdie on 14.
But his bogey on 15 had to wait until the 18th before it was atoned for.
The trio is well set for the remainder of the tournament in which the top five players at the end of the four days will receive full Sunshine Tour cards, while the next 25 players will receive playing privileges on the new Âmini tourÂ which will take place this year.
The cut fell at 13-over-par, with the top 50 players in the field making it through to the final two rounds.
Amongst those 50 were 19 amateurs.