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Van den Berg leads in Zambia

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Ulrich van den Berg (File)
Ulrich van den Berg (File)

Lusaka - Ulrich van den Berg steadied the ship on Friday after two consecutive bogeys threatened to sink his round.

He carded a six-under-par 67 to take the halfway lead at the Zambia Sugar Open in Lusaka.

He had turned in five-under-par after starting his round on the 10th at the par-73 Lusaka Golf Club.

He eagled the second to move to a commanding nine-under-par around the tight layout with small fast greens and it was made more difficult by the windy conditions before his bogeys.

"I hit a good tee shot on three and got a little bit unlucky and then hit a poor tee shot on four and those two bogeys did hurt my round," Van den Berg said.

"But in the end I did turn it around with a nice chip and putt on six and a birdie at eight."

That gave him a one-stroke edge over first-round leader Wallie Coetsee, who shared the halfway second place with Jared Harvey and Jean Hugo.

Coetsee was unable to reproduce the fine play of his first round despite a resounding start with three birdies in his first five holes.

He battled back each time he made bogeys and there were four of them to bring his round back to level-par.

Harvey had got it to nine-under by the time he reached the 13th, but bogeys on 15 and 17 hurt him.

"I was disappointed with how that back nine went," Harvey said.

"It has four par-fives and they’re all reachable, but I’m happy with my position in the tournament."

Derick Petersen and Neil Schietekat also put themselves in the mix at six-under for the tournament, and they shared fifth place, with a group of four sharing seventh on five-under.

Four of the Zambian players made the cut which fell at four-over-par, led by Patrick Mwendapole on one-under after he followed his opening 72 with a level-par 73.

Madalitso Muthiya was on level-par after his two-over second round, and Dayne Moore was on one-over following his 74.

The 19-year-old amateur Timothy Sondashi got himself to three-under for the tournament on his opening nine, but four bogeys on the way home saw him finish at one-under inside the cut.

Scores after the second round of the Zambia Sugar Open at the Lusaka Golf Club on Friday (RSA unless specified):

138 - Ulrich van den Berg (RSA) 71 67
139 - Wallie Coetsee (RSA) 66 73, Jean Hugo (RSA) 69 70, Jared Harvey (RSA) 68 71
140 - Derick Petersen (RSA) 70 70, Neil Schietekat (RSA) 70 70
141 - Riekus Nortje (RSA) 70 71, Haydn Porteous (RSA) 70 71, Grant Muller (RSA) 71 70, PH McIntyre (RSA) 69 72
142 - Pieter Moolman (RSA) 72 70, Le Roux Ferreira (RSA) 72 70, Ryan Cairns (ZIM) 72 70
143 - Tyrone Mordt (RSA) 72 71, Titch Moore (RSA) 72 71, Jake Redman (RSA) 69 74
144 - Tyrone Ferreira (RSA) 72 72, Jacques Blaauw (RSA) 73 71, Louis de Jager (RSA) 73 71, Matthew Carvell (RSA) 78 66
145 - Ryan Tipping (RSA) 72 73, Maritz Wessels (RSA) 74 71, Shaun Smith (RSA) 72 73, Patrick Mwendapole (ZAM) 72 73, Lyle Rowe (RSA) 76 69, Attie Schwartzel (RSA) 76 69, Adilson Da Silva (BRA) 74 71
146 - Christiaan Jonck (RSA) 74 72, Bryce Bibby (RSA) 76 70, Andrew Light (RSA) 68 78, Lindani Ndwandwe (RSA) 71 75, Alan Michell (RSA) 73 73, Madalitso Muthiya (ZAM) 71 75, Gideon Pienaar (RSA) 70 76, Rhys West (RSA) 73 73, Torben Baumann (GER) 75 71, Heinrich Bruiners (RSA) 74 72, Prinavin Nelson (RSA) 74 72
147 - Timothy Sondashi (ZAM) (AMA) 73 74, Wynand Dingle (RSA) 75 72, JC Ritchie (RSA) 70 77, Morne Buys (RSA) 71 76, Ignatius Mketekete (ZIM) 73 74, Theunis Spangenberg (RSA) 72 75, Charl Coetzee (RSA) 71 76, Andrew Curlewis (RSA) 75 72, Vaughn Groenewald (RSA) 70 77, Dayne Moore (ZAM) 73 74
148 - TC Charamba (ZIM) 76 72, Francois Coetzee (RSA) 79 69, Drikus van der Walt (RSA) 74 74, Jaco Prinsloo (RSA) 75 73, Danie van Tonder (RSA) 73 75, T I Mazibuko (RSA) 75 73
149 - Stefan Engell Andersen (KEN) 72 77, Paul de Beer (RSA) 74 75, Jacques Kruyswijk (RSA) 73 76, Drikus Bruyns (RSA) 72 77, Eddie Taylor (RSA) 73 76, Toto Thimba (Jnr) 73 76, Christiaan Basson (RSA) 73 76, Andrew McLardy (RSA) 76 73, Arthur Horne (SWZ) 71 78
150 - Francesco Laporta (ITA) 73 77, Colin Nel (RSA) 75 75, JG Claassen (RSA) 75 75, Justin Harding (RSA) 75 75, Merrick Bremner (RSA) 74 76

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