O’Riley leads Gowrie Farm Invitational by two strokes at the halfway mark

2010-01-15 00:00

The Gowrie Farm Invitational got off to a solid start yesterday, with the course providing a stern test for the country’s leading amateurs.

At the halfway stage, the top-ranked player coming into the tournament, Dean O’ Riley, leads by two shots after firing a soild three-under par 67.

O’ Riley’s round was built around a fine front nine, where he carded three birdies to turn in 32.

The Benoni Lake star, ranked second in the country, then carded level par 35 on the second nine as the Gowrie course showed some of its menace with a bit of wind in the afternoon.

O’ Riley’s nearest challenger at this stage is Coenie Bester from Middelburg, who signed for a competent 69.

Herman Minnie from Centurion rounded off the top-three with a solid 70, with a host of players one behind him on 71.

Local hope Christiaan van der Merwe received a major setback on the short, but dangerous sixth hole.

The Victoria member rattled up an eight, as a possible birdie hole turned into a pot of trouble to spoil what was an otherwise decent day, and he finished six shots adrift on 73.

With most of the players having used yesterday as a bit of a feeler, some more attacking play is certainly on the cards for today’s rounds.

D. O’Riley 67; C. Bester 69; H. Minnie 70;

H. Cilliers 71; JJ Senekal 71; T. Muggeridge 71

D. van der Walt 72; J. Harvey 72;

P. Moolman 73; C. van der Merwe 73

afternoon’s final round.

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