14th March 2019 | Sunshine Tour
Manchest maintains Vusi Ngubeni Q-School lead
Franklin Manchest made fewer birdies than he did in the previous two rounds, but he was happy with the two-under par which saw him maintain his lead going to the final round of the Vusi Ngubeni Qualifying School on 10-under at Modderfontein Golf Club on Thursday.
Behind Manchest, who is leading by two shots, are Gerrit Foster, Teboho Sefatsha and Keelan Africa with amateur Keelan van Wyk in fifth on six under par.
Manchest opened his round with an eagle, but dropped a shot on the second hole with the first of three bogeys of his round. He made another bogey on the par-five sixth and a birdie on eight. He made two more birdies on the 11th and the 13th and another bogey on the 16th.
“I did not make as many putts as I did on the previous two days, but I kept it together nicely,” he said. “It started off on the first hole. I hit my tee shot a bit left, but I was not too worried about that, because it is a par-five. I hit my approach shot onto the green and then I chipped in for eagle. I was like, okay, you can do this. As we went on, there were few tough pin positions, but I managed to keep calm and hit it to the right side of the green and tried to make some putts.”
The overnight leader found himself under trees on his way to the 18th but managed to make a good save. “I took the wrong club on the tee shot,” he admitted. “It was too much club, and it went straight into the trees. I got there to find that my ball was not lying in too bad a position. I ended up at the back of the green. I just aimed for a par there and I managed to make that putt for par.”
Manchest does not want to get too carried away by the lead going to the final round. “The score gives me a bit more confidence than I had on the past three days. But tomorrow, let’s just go out there and treat it the same as today and the other two days.”
The tournament is named after Vusi Ngubeni, a former Sunshine Tour board member and director of Eskom who was killed in a car accident in 2003. The aim of the tournament is to afford previously disadvantaged golfers an opportunity to join and compete on the Sunshine Tour and realise their dreams of becoming professional golfers.