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Johan storms to Q-School lead

Occasional downpours didn’t affect Johan de Beer at Bloemfontein Golf Club on Friday, where the 23-year-old raced to an eight-under-par 64 and the Sunshine Tour Qualifying School lead.

“I teed off on the tenth and went out in 31, which was pretty nice. I avoided careless mistakes and hit a lot of fairways and greens. The putter was hot and that’s what happens when you give yourself chances,” he said.

After two rounds at both Bloemfontein and Schoeman Park Golf Clubs the cut line fell at one-under-par, and 265 players were whittled down to 68. At the top of the list was de Beer, whose 19-under-par total was enough for a two-stroke lead going into the final round at Schoeman Park on Saturday.

“My goal coming into the week was to give myself a chance to play on Saturday, and I’ve done that now. I haven’t led as many tournaments as I’d like, but it’s one of those things you have to get used to. All the focus changes tomorrow, I want to get out there and post a good number, but today’s round has definitely put me in good stead for tomorrow,” he said.

The Pretoria local was excited about the chance to play professional golf on home soil, especially after spending the last four years studying finance Texas Christian University in the USA.

“This is the first time I’ve been home for more than three months in the last five years. I’m really in my comfort zone here, I’m almost there and just can’t wait to play amongst the good guys on tour. But for now I have to think about tomorrow, then we’ll worry about the rest of the year,” he said.

Overnight leader JP van der Walt carded a Friday 70 to reach 17-under-par. His 271-shot total was enough for him to hold sole second, but Torben Baumann, Bennie van der Merwe and MJ Daffue loomed just one stroke further back.

“I’m going to give it a full bash tomorrow,” said van der Walt. “I should have enough shots to do it, so I’ll fix a few things on the range this afternoon and then we’ll see how it goes. If you told me at the beginning of the week that I would get to 17-under I would be happy.”

Amateur Jacques Kruyswijk shot a Friday 64 to reach 15-under-par and move into sole sixth. Dylan Frittelli held seventh on 13-under-par, while Le Roux Ferreira moved to eighth on 11-under-par. Six players shared ninth on 10-under-par.


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