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Hess in pole position at Vusi Ngubeni, Roets has thin lead at Houghton

3rd March 2020

Hess in pole position at Vusi Ngubeni, Roets has thin lead at Houghton

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Jacquin Hess carded a second-successive two-under-par 70 to total four-under and takes a three-shot lead into the third round as he aims to retain his Sunshine Tour playing rights.

Hess was co-leader with James Kamte coming into the second round but played solidly to maintain his position at the top, while Kamte dropped to after shooting a four-over 74 second round at the tough Soweto Country Club.

Hess birdied the third, 12th and 13th holes but made a drop on the last holes to finish on two-under. Overtaking Kamte and now occupying the second spot is Thanda Mavundla whose eventful round consisted of two eagles, a birdie and three bogeys en route to a two-under 70 which took his tournament total to one-under.

The best score of the day, however, belonged to Alpheus Kelapile –  a four-under 68 –who now shares the third spot with Kamte at level-par while Irvin Mazibuko, Yubin Jung, Thabang Simon, Gerard du Plooy and Nikhil Rama share the fifth spot. They are one-over-par.

Over at Houghton Golf Club in the final stage of qualifying school, Jason Roets signed for a seven-under-par 65 second round and takes a one-stroke lead over Rupert Kaminski going into the round. Kaminski’s great form continued into this week, however, and on Tuesday, he shot the best score of the round – a 64, which took his tournament total to 12-under and just a single shot off Roets’ lead.

Tied in a share of the third spot is PH McIntyre after he carded a round-two six-under 66. He, along with American Brooklin Bailey who played solidly in the opening round, and Byron Coetzee is on 10-under-par for the week and trails by just three shots.

Divan van den Heever and Gordon Neale share the sixth spot on a tournament total of nine-under.

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