Sunshine Tour: Coetzee beats gale-force wind to secure two-stroke lead

2008-09-18 00:00

Port Elizabeth — Pretoria professional George Coetzee secured himself a two-stroke lead shortly before gale-force winds ripped through Humewood with a vengeance, forcing a suspension of yesterday’s second round of the Vodacom Origins of Golf Eastern Cape.

Coetzee’s 68 lifted him to five under par for the tournament, with Nico van Rensburg, Chris Williams and Jean Hugo his nearest challengers. First-round leader Neil Schietekat dropped back to one over par for the tournament.

But shortly after 2 pm, play was suspended as the wind became so bad that golf balls were blowing off the greens. Play resumed roughly two hours later, but with the wind still fierce.

Rossouw Loubser, a former winner on the Vodacom Origins of Golf series, started his second round with six consecutive bogeys.

The experienced Des Terblanche was going along well at two under through his first nine holes before the wind reached its peak. When it did, he came home with a 46.

All of which makes it seem strange that a man from virtually a wind-still Pretoria should have coped so well in the conditions.


139 - George Coetzee 71 68

141 - Nico van Rensburg 69 72, Chris Williams 70 71, Jean Hugo 71 70

142 - Jbe’ Kruger 71 71, Dean Lambert 73 69, Omar Sandys 73 69, Titch Moore 72 70

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