Polandâ€™s Adrian Meronk finished in the near darkness of an African evening as he secured a three-shot lead going into the weekend of the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek.
Meronk signed for a second round of 66 on Friday that included a bogey at the treacherous par-five 18th, but it did nothing to stop his quest for a European Tour victory as he topped the leaderboard on 13 under par.
â€œIâ€™m very pleased. I hit a lot of good shots and am very happy with my position,â€ said Meronk. â€œThe last couple of holes were quite dark, especially the last one. I didnâ€™t want to rush anything because Iâ€™ve been in that position before and rushed it. Iâ€™m excited. Itâ€™s only halfway and thereâ€™s still a lot of golf to be played. But Iâ€™m excited.â€
Denmarkâ€™s Joachim B Hansen produced the low round of the day with a 64 that saw him join Englandâ€™s Richard Bland (67) as Meronkâ€™s nearest challengers on 10 under.
â€œItâ€™s really nice to play the way I am right now and I just want to keep that going. I got it going out there and holed some good putts and kept that momentum. Itâ€™s working quite well right now and hopefully that continues for the next two days,â€ said Hansen, who is looking for back-to-back victories following his win in last weekâ€™s Joburg Open.
Jayden Schaper leads the South African challenge on eight under alongside Frenchman Robin Roussel. The young star signed for a second round of 67 and is feeling confident for the next 36 holes on a golf course he loves.
â€œI love this place. I love being here. Itâ€™s just an awesome atmosphere here. Iâ€™m really positive for the weekend. Iâ€™m just going to keep being positive and make the same decisions. The trick is not to change anything but just to continue with whatâ€™s got me here,â€ he said.
A double-bogey six on the 14th was the only setback in a second round where Schaper seemed to really settle into his rhythm and strategy for this tournament.
â€œIâ€™m very happy. I felt pretty good out there. I watched the morning scores and I wanted to chase them. Iâ€™m very happy with how I hit the ball today. It was a lot better than in the first round. And I made a lot of clutch putts to save par because I didnâ€™t hit too many greens in the middle of my round. I got a little bit upset with my wobble on the 14th, but Iâ€™m really happy with the way I finished it off.â€