Kamte two shots adrift at Indonesian Open

2008-02-16 00:00

JAKARTA — South African James Kamte continued his watershed season with a joint second place after the second round of the European and Asian Tour co-sanctioned Enjoy Jakarta Astro Indonesia Open at Cengkareng Golf Club.

The 25-year-old Kamte will tee off in the leading match in today’s third round with leader Felipe Aguilar of Chile, who produced a stunning display of target golf to post a second round of eight-under-par 62, and Thailand’s Prom Meesawat, tied for second with Kamte at 11-under.

Kamte finished his rain-delayed first round yesterday morning with three consecutive birdies before embarking on his second-round 67.

The South African, like Aguilar, is in total control of his long game and is hoping to seal a maiden European Tour victory tomorrow afternoon.

“I was really calm when I came back to complete my round, but got really nervous at the start of the second round. But the nerves paid off; by the time I got to 10-under, I relaxed,” said Kamte, who is from Queenstown in the Eastern Cape.

“I’m hitting it where I want, which is vital around this course because it means you can use the slopes and get the ball running back towards the flag.

“It also means that you don’t have too many down-grain putts and you can leave yourself with uphill putts. So far I am playing well, but the main thing for me is to stay at this level. I have two more days left and anything can happen, but I am just looking forward to tomorrow.”

Kamte broke into the winner’s circle on the Sunshine Tour’s Winter Swing in September when he won the Seekers Travel Pro-Am at Dainfern. Two months later he sealed his 2008 European Tour card at the Final Stage of Tour School and returned to South Africa to challenge on the Summer Swing. In January he scored a determined victory at the Dimension Data Pro-Am at the rough Gary Player layout at Sun City.

Leading second round scores:

127 - Felipe Aguilar (Chile) 65 62

129 - James Kamte (South Africa) 62 67 Prom Meesawat (Thailand) 66 63

130 - Prayad Marksaeng (Thailand) 65 65 Martin Wiegele (Austria) 65 65

131 - Jeev Milkha Singh (India) 65 66

132 - Liang Wen-Chong (China) 65 67

133 - Adam Blyth (Australia) 66 67 Mark Brown (New Zealand) 67 66 Joost Luiten (Netherlands) 64 69 Chinarat Phadungsil (Thailand) 69 64 Kyron Sullivan (Britain) 65 68 Wang Ter-Chang (Taiwan) 69 64.

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