13th March 2019 | Sunshine Tour
Manchest opens three-shot lead at Modderfontein
Franklin Manchest had to deal with his nerves again as he shot another 68 to take a three-shot lead after the second round of the Vusi Ngubeni Qualifying School at Modderfontein Golf Club on Wednesday.
Trailing Manchest on five-under at the halfway mark are Thanda Mavundla who is fighting for a comeback to the tour after a two-year break, overnight leader Teboho Sefatsa, Gerrit Foster and Keelan van Wyk. Makhetha Mazibuko and Jacquin Hess were a further shot back after Hess carded the round of the day with his six-under 66.
“I was a little bit nervous,” Manchest, who also had to fight nerves in the first round, said. “But I did not want to let that get to me. I said to myself, keep it calm, you know what to do and just do it. It’s not the pressure that is making me nervous. I would say it is because I always want to impress myself more than I impress other people and that is why I get nervous.”
The 21-year-old player who started on the 10th made two straight birdies on his third and fourth. He made two more gains at his turn, another one his 12th and the last one on his 17th. He made two bogeys on his 13th and 15th.
“My round started off very quiet,” he said. “Maybe not too quiet, because on my third hole, I holed a very long putt and from there, I got into the rhythm of the game.”
The George Golf Club representative said he has a soft spot for the course. “It is my second time playing here. My first time was last year for the same event. The course suits my eye and it is very similar to my home course. It is just the greens that differ, but the speed is pretty much the same. There are a lot of trees and you have to hit the fairway.”
Manchest said he would not change his working formula on the two final days. “I will just keep doing what I have been doing on the next two days. I must keep hydrated on the golf course because it is very hot out here. I expect to get my card because my game has been great for a long time, but I just did not get the push through that I needed.”
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.