UPS AND DOWNS OF A TOUR PRO

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Sunshine Tour -

The Hume­wood Links in Port El­iz­a­beth had shocks in store for a few tour play­ers on the sec­ond day of the Sun Board­walk Chal­lenge.

Justin Hard­ing carded a 65 in the first round in good weather, but had an af­ter­noon time on day two in more test­ing con­di­tions. He shot 82 and missed the cut, as did Charl Coet­zee (66-80), Neil Schi­etekat (67-80) and Dayne Moore (68-86). The av­er­age score that day was nearly 76, and tour­na­ment win­ner Ruan de Smidt mas­tered the wind with a 67.

Those golfers had some­thing of an ex­cuse for their poor scores, but what went wrong at Glen­dower in the SA Open? The first round lead­ers were Jaco van Zyl on 65 and Shaun Nor­ris on 66. Nei­ther of them were seen again. Van Zyl fol­lowed his 65 with a 78 to barely make the cut, while Nor­ris went home early with 66-84.

Bad days hap­pen to the best of play­ers. Richard Sterne opened with a 78 in the DiData Pro-Am, on the rel­a­tively easy Outeni­qua course at Fan­court. True pro­fes­sional that he is, he bounced back with a 66 on day two, on the tough­est Fan­court course, the Links! Jake Roos might have de­spaired after an open­ing 75 in the Vo­da­com Ori­gins at Si­mola, yet a 63-69 come­back got him into a T-5.

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