19th August 2016

Ahlers needs putting to contend again

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Vodacom Origins of Golf: Day 2Jaco Ahlers had a quiet start to the year, but a win in the KCM Zambia Open in June has given him a boost as the Sunshine Tour is at Arabella Country Estate this week for the Vodacom Origins of Golf event there.

And he showed that confidence with a bogey-free second round of three-under-par 69 at Arabella to move to four-under for the tournament ahead of the final round of the 54-hole tournament.

“I’ve been hitting the ball really well lately,” he said. “It’s just my putting which is not great. I’ve been working on it a lot, and with the greens a little slow here, it’s made getting the rhythm of the putting stroke right a bit difficult.

“But I putted pretty well today,” he added.

The greens have been kept slower by the course staff in anticipation of high winds, and, although the wind has picked up, it has been not nearly as bad as was expected.

Ahlers is currently in 23rd spot on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit, and will be playing the next few tournaments in South Arica ahead of another venture abroad.

“I’ll be playing in Kazahkstan on the Challenge Tour at the end of September, and staying on overseas until the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland which finishes on October 9,” he said.