Sun Carnival City Challenge Round Two Wrap

[Thursday, August 09, 2018 19:58:55]

Ritchie wards off elements for Ebotse lead

On a day which conjured desires for duvets and hot buttered rum, JC Ritchie braved the windswept Ebotse Links and carded a level-par 72 in the second round of the R800,000 Sun Carnival City Challenge.

That gave him a three-stroke lead heading into the final round of the 54-hole tournament, with Toto Thimba trailing him after the best round on a difficult day of five-under-par 68.

“The wind today was very rough,” said Ritchie. “It was blowing between two and three clubs all day. With it being so cold, it didn’t make it any easier. So it was really good links golf today – up on the highveld – but it was good fun.”

Ritchie started off with seven consecutive pars, and then dropped a shot on the par-three eighth. But that was to be the only blemish on his card, and he atoned for that bogey with a birdie on the 13th.

“If you’d offered me level-par this morning, I would have taken it,” he said. “I did play really well. It was a stripe-show out there. I did leave quite a few shots out there too, but I also made a bunch of brilliant saves.

“I’ve been hitting the ball really well for quite a while now – Swaziland, Kenya, all the Africa events – and I’ve really been playing nicely and just waiting for the putts to drop, and that’s what’s pretty much happening this week.

“I went through the entire day just trying to hit the middle of the greens, giving myself putts – I know I’ve been putting well – and trying not to be too aggressive. I was just keeping the ball in play, even if I was hitting sand wedges or long irons, it was just to make peace with the fact that it was tough. If you made bogeys, it’s okay because everyone was going to make bogeys today.”

Thimba was more aggressive in his approach, making four birdies on his opening nine after teeing off on the 10th. He dropped a shot on the 17th – his eighth – but was flawless coming home as he picked up two more birdies.

While he was aggressive, that was tempered with a smart feel for the course and the conditions, as his approach to his final hole showed when he played a knock-down six-iron which didn’t more than 10 feet off the ground as it rolled pin-high and 30 feet from the pin. He nearly made the putt into the bargain, too.

“I won’t change anything tomorrow,” he said. “I’m an aggressive player and I don’t change. I’ll just play the way I played today and just hope. I love playing in the wind.”

Ritchie does too, so it promises to be quite the clash.

Scores:

136 - JC Ritchie 64 72

139 - Toto Thimba 72 67

140 - Aubrey Beckley 72 68, Rhys West 69 71

141 - Ockie Strydom 69 72

143 - Hennie Otto 72 71, Daniel van Tonder 73 70, Michael Palmer 70 73, Alex Haindl 69 74, Theunis Bezuidenhout 69 74, Jake Redman 68 75, Wallie Coetsee 74 69, Breyten Meyer 72 71

144 - Keith Horne 70 74, Pieter Moolman 73 71, Peter Karmis 71 73, Martin Rohwer 72 72, Estiaan Conradie 70 74

145 - Ulrich van den Berg 69 76, Jean-Paul Strydom 71 74, Louis de Jager 67 78, Jean Hugo 71 74, Tyrone Ryan 70 75, Tyrone Ferreira 68 77, Anthony Michael 73 72, Jonathan Agren 70 75, Andre De Decker 70 75, Herman Loubser 72 73, Jacquin Hess 72 73

146 - Neil Schietekat 74 72, Stephen Ferreira 72 74, Titch Moore 71 75, Scott Campbell 73 73, Derick Petersen 70 76

147 - Trevor Fisher Jnr 72 75, Kyle McClatchie 73 74, Teaghan Gauche 68 79, Luke Jerling 71 76, Colin Nel 70 77, Mark Williams 73 74, JJ Senekal 72 75, MJ Viljoen 74 73, Andrew Curlewis 72 75, Wynand Dingle 73 74, CJ du Plessis 74 73

 

Missed the cut:-

148 - Ruan de Smidt 74 74, Rourke van der Spuy 74 74, Antonio Rosado 70 78, Tyler Hogarty 73 75

149 - Victor Lange 72 77, Vaughn Groenewald 74 75, Shaun Norris 71 78, Jared Harvey 76 73, Coert Groenewald 73 76, Jaco Van Zyl 72 77, Jbe' Kruger 75 74

150 - Roberto Lupini 74 76, Gideon van der Vyver 72 78, Andre Nel 74 76, Louis Albertse 75 75, Matthew Carvell 75 75, David McIntyre 71 79, Franklin Manchest 73 77, Kyle Barker 76 74, Fredrik From 71 79, Hennie du Plessis 73 77

151 - Heinrich Bruiners 73 78, Ryan Tipping 74 77, Duane Keun 72 79

152 - Allan Versfeld 71 81, Christiaan Basson 75 77, Doug McGuigan 73 79, Merrick Bremner 72 80, Thabang Simon 71 81, Jake Roos 72 80, Riekus Nortje 73 79

153 - Jaco Prinsloo 74 79, Marc Cayeux 71 82, Chris Swanepoel 75 78, Damon Stephenson 80 73, Makhetha Mazibuko 73 80, Combrinck Smit 75 78, Musiwalo Nethunzwi 76 77, Thriston Lawrence 76 77, Marthin Scheepers 73 80

154 - Stefan Engell Andersen 77 77, Chris Cannon 77 77

155 - Anton Haig 76 79

156 - Jason Viljoen 69 87, Erik van Rooyen 76 80, Keenan Davidse 79 77, Omar Sandys 77 79

157 - Callum Mowat 81 76, Jason Smith 75 82, Michael Hollick 81 76

158 - Teboho Sefatsa 81 77, Altaaf Bux 75 83

159 - Jacques P de Villiers 73 86, Desne Van Den Bergh 76 83, Basil Wright 74 85

160 - Michael Schutz 82 78, Mark Murless 79 81

161 - Erhard Lambrechts 78 83, Allister de Kock 82 79

162 - Ruan Conradie 78 84

169 - Adriel Poonan 78 91

WDN - Bradford Vaughan 78 WDN

RTD - Daniel Greene RTD

 

Credit: The Sunshine Tour


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