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Hess in pole position at Vusi Ngubeni, Roets has thin lead at Houghton

3rd March 2020

Hess in pole position at Vusi Ngubeni, Roets has thin lead at Houghton

Jacquin Hess carded a second-successive two-under-par 70 to total four-under and takes a three-shot lead into the third round as he aims to retain his Sunshine Tour playing rights.

Hess was co-leader with James Kamte coming into the second round but played solidly to maintain his position at the top, while Kamte dropped to after shooting a four-over 74 second round at the tough Soweto Country Club.

Hess birdied the third, 12th and 13th holes but made a drop on the last holes to finish on two-under. Overtaking Kamte and now occupying the second spot is Thanda Mavundla whose eventful round consisted of two eagles, a birdie and three bogeys en route to a two-under 70 which took his tournament total to one-under.

The best score of the day, however, belonged to Alpheus Kelapile –  a four-under 68 –who now shares the third spot with Kamte at level-par while Irvin Mazibuko, Yubin Jung, Thabang Simon, Gerard du Plooy and Nikhil Rama share the fifth spot. They are one-over-par.

Over at Houghton Golf Club in the final stage of qualifying school, Jason Roets signed for a seven-under-par 65 second round and takes a one-stroke lead over Rupert Kaminski going into the round. Kaminski’s great form continued into this week, however, and on Tuesday, he shot the best score of the round – a 64, which took his tournament total to 12-under and just a single shot off Roets’ lead.

Tied in a share of the third spot is PH McIntyre after he carded a round-two six-under 66. He, along with American Brooklin Bailey who played solidly in the opening round, and Byron Coetzee is on 10-under-par for the week and trails by just three shots.

Divan van den Heever and Gordon Neale share the sixth spot on a tournament total of nine-under.

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