Ferreira takes the lead

2011-05-04 00:00

MBABANE — Although Derick Ferreira bogeyed his first hole in the Investec Royal Swazi Open qualifier yesterday, he quickly got things back on track to lead 10 players into the main event as he finished on 18 points.

The tournament is played on a modified stableford system, with eight points for an albatross, five for an eagle, two for a birdie and nine for par. A point is deducted for every birdie and two for double or worse.

After his poor start on the 10th, Ferreira eagled the 461-metre par-five 12th, birdied 14 and he turned in three-under 33 and eight points.

Two more birdies on one and three kept the momentum going, and three birdies in a row from five to seven saw him close in five-under 31 and 10 more points to the good. He shared the lead with Johan Bekker, who had two bogeys and two eagles in his seven-under-par 65.

Divan Gerber was on 12 points in third place, with Mark Williams on 10 and Joe Nawanga on nine in fourth and fifth respectively.

Vikesh Singh, Wynand Dingle, PG van Zyl and Jeff Inglis were on seven points, with Mark Fensham filling the final spot on six points ahead of Wandile Gininda and Patrick Spindler.

The R850 000 tournament gets under way at the Royal Swazi Country Club outside the Swaziland capital Mbabane today, and will be played over 72 holes on a picturesque layout in the Ezulwini Valley. LEADING SCORES (RSA unless specified):

18 - Derick Ferreira, Johan Bekker

12 - Divan Gerber

10 - Mark Williams

9 - Joe Nawanga (NAM)

7 - Vickesh Singh, Wynand Dingle, PG van Zyl, Jeff Inglis (ENG)

6 - Mark Fensham

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