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Golf | SA

Makgetha goes on birdie binge at Observatory



It took 21 holes before he made his first bogey in the Vusi Ngubeni Q-School at Observatory Golf Club, but it didn’t make much difference to an imperious second-round 64 on Wednesday by Makgetha Mazibuko.

The 25-year-old Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation graduate opened with a 66, and kicked off with two birdies in his second round of the tournament – named for Vusi Ngubeni, a Sunshine Tour board member and a director of Eskom who was killed in a 2003 motor accident – before that single dropped shot came.

The Bloemfontein pro made up for it by going on a birdie binge, making four in a row before a par at eight slowed him down. But only briefly. He made another at nine to turn in six-under 31.

“My putting really helped me a lot,” he said, with barely a hint of understatement.

And when things cooled down a little for him on his homeward nine – he only made two birdies coming in – his putter certainly helped him save par on a couple of occasions when another bogey could have slowed things considerably.

For example, he was between clubs on his approach to 18 and flew the green. “I tried to pitch the return shot just on the green, but hit the fringe,” he said, “and I managed to make just one putt.”

That kind of mental strength is no accident. “I’ve been working with a lady for my mental approach,” he said. “I’ve been able to forget about things other than golf and just focus on playing the round.”

His round gave him a four-stroke edge over Heinrich Bruiners, who carded a fine 66 which put him three strokes clear of Kenneth Dube, Omar Sandys and Sipho Bujela.

Bruiners got his second round going with an eagle on two, and then another on seven. A birdie on nine saw him turn in five-under 32, and not even a bogey on 10 could wipe the smile off his face as he made two more birdies on his way in.

Dube had an error-free opening round, but three bogeys in his second round slowed his progress somewhat. Two of those bogeys came in his opening nine, and he countered those with four birdies on his way in – spoiled only by a bogey on 18.

Sandys, carrying his own bag and keeping up a running stand-up routine with his playing partners and anyone else who cared to listen, started on 10, and carded a four-under 68 to go with his opening 67. He made some fine up-and-downs to keep his good form going, notably on nine when he sank a 12-footer for his closing birdie.

And first-round leader Bujela, who set things in motion with his first-round 64, battled his way to a one-over 73 in the second round.

For Mazibuko, this kind of form could be just the beginning of a great 2013. “I’m going to play the main tour qualifying school in Bloemfontein next week, and take things from there,” he said.

With Bloemfontein Golf Club and Schoeman Park his regular stamping ground, he could be one to watch there.

Scores:
130 - Makgetha Mazibuko 66 64
134 - Heinrich Bruiners 68 66
137 - Kenneth Dube 67 70, Omar Sandys 69 68, Sipho Bujela 64 73
139 - Musiwalo Nethunzwi 68 71
140 - Terence Salo (AMA) 71 69, Wandile Gininda 68 72, Khaya Jika 68 72
141 - Mark Mahoney (AMA) 68 73, Reggie Adams 71 70
142 - Alpheus Kelapile 74 68, Tsietsi Chabangu 71 71, Ryan Strauss 70 72, Warren Holland 67 75, Warrick Moonieyan (AMA) 72 70
143 - Clifton Stanley (AMA) 72 71, Neo Thubisi 68 75, Yubin Jung 71 72, Allister de Kock 72 71
144 - Godfrey Mphaga (AMA) 73 71, Jack Kutumane 75 69, Jacquin Hess (AMA) 72 72, Michael Dreyer 73 71, Irvin Mazibuko 72 72, Zuko Sangqu 71 73
145 - Bongani Mtsweni (AMA) 74 71, Rocky Tlhabanyane 76 69, Zwelakhe Dube 74 71, Gerrit Foster 70 75, George Brown 72 73, John Bele 74 71, Jonathan Raphunga 74 71, Stephen Moloi 70 75
146 - Laurison Mahlangu 74 72, Sammy Daniels 76 70
147 - Derick Petersen 75 72, Ben Jonas 72 75, Shalan Govender (AMA) 73 74, Ashwin Krishen (AMA) 74 73
148 - Jastice Mashego (AMA) 73 75
149 - Lebo Ramukosi 73 76, Mike Maile 72 77, Mokgeteng J. Mashego 74 75
150 - Thanda Mavundla 77 73, Elvis Sithebe 76 74, Daniel Mosebi (AMA) 79 71, Garth Mohamed (AMA) 74 76
151 - Teddy Mathebula (AMA) 77 74, Cameron Esau 76 75, Kerwin Marais 77 74
152 - Mpho Mafishe (AMA) 78 74, Jeff Mnisi (AMA) 77 75, Vickesh Singh 78 74
153 - Mzwandile Sikobi 72 81, Sung-Moon Hohng (KOR) 80 73, Thomas Mashimbi (AMA) 77 76, Mohamed Tayob 78 75, Martin Langa (AMA) 77 76, Joseph Maseko (AMA) 73 80, Roger Skidow (AMA) 77 76
154 - Mzwane Sithole 80 74, Sipho Hlongwa (AMA) 79 75, SV Nhlapho 76 78, Thabo Shingange (AMA) 74 80, Albert Tsai 72 82, Colin Mavuso (AMA) 77 77, Joseph Mojapela 80 74
Missed the cut:-
155 - Tumo Motaung 75 80, Nisharlan Sewshanker 79 76, Julian Ohlson (AMA) 80 75, Alfred Matlhola (AMA) 77 78, Ben Tshazi 74 81, Jason Koeries (AMA) 76 79
156 - Johannes Mnyandu (AMA) 77 79, Jason de Gama 78 78, Marvin Mfene (AMA) 74 82, Tebello Maphike (AMA) 74 82, Kyle Thomas (AMA) 80 76
157 - Big J Ngomane 80 77, Walter Manana (AMA) 82 75, Morailane Morailane (AMA) 84 73, Zamani Ngidi (AMA) 79 78
158 - Sello Tsubele (AMA) 80 78, Reuben Ndwamato (AMA) 78 80, Tumelo Wesi (AMA) 81 77, Kaizer Maxatshwa 78 80, Nkateko Baloyi (AMA) 75 83, Reginald Greenhead (AMA) 81 77
159 - Sobantu Sibandze 79 80, MJ Xaba (AMA) 75 84, Langa Radebe 83 76, Benedict Matsoso 79 80
161 - Tumelo Molloyi (AMA) 83 78, Dee Nair 78 83, Patrick Memela (AMA) 83 78
162 - Colin Stanfield (AMA) 82 80, Denzil Potgieter Jnr (AMA) 79 83, Makhosonke Mlotshwa 77 85
163 - Kabelo Mpopo (AMA) 79 84, Mmereki Thekiso 84 79, Kamalan Munsamy (AMA) 85 78
164 - Ndivhuwo Modau (AMA) 80 84, Gitesh Maharaj 86 78, Jerry Mosia (AMA) 84 80
166 - Ronald Malatsi (AMA) 82 84, Craig Dreyer 83 83, Edgar Rakoma (AMA) 81 85
167 - Phiwe Makeleni (AMA) 88 79, Neo Malope 87 80, Nkosinathi Tshabalala (AMA) 83 84
168 - Frans Msibi (AMA) 81 87, Abel Letswela (AMA) 85 83
170 - Jabu Radebe 86 84
171 - Tich Chidikwindi (AMA) 87 84, Shane Scheepers 86 85
172 - Joe Mokoena 90 82
173 - Samuel Mofokeng 86 87
174 - Mpompi Makhanya (AMA) 90 84
176 - Solly Mokoena (AMA) 88 88, Waseem Gangat (AMA) 89 87
177 - Anthony Gysman (AMA) 81 96, Thabo Nteso 92 85, Andrew Thoothe (AMA) 90 87
178 - John Mohlala (AMA) 90 88
179 - JM Lekoto (AMA) 88 91, Deveroux Jansen (AMA) 86 93, Darryl Maistry 91 88
180 - Zain Marais (AMA) 94 86, Mokhele Kolokoto (AMA) 88 92, Malose Monama (AMA) 89 91
193 - Abie Mamida (AMA) 99 94, Mxolisi Khumalo (AMA) 93 100
204 - Victor Kau (AMA) 106 98
RTD - Tshepo Khuzwayo RTD RTD, Basia Ganda RTD RTD
DSQ - Jeff Mafora 96 DSQ, Rudzani Nalana (AMA) 97
DSQ, Lucas Mohande (AMA) 90
DSQ, TZ Liu 88 DSQ

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