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Golf | SA

Breyten Meyer © Gallo Images

Meyer leads South to East Challenge



Breyten Meyer will need to come back to Ebotse Links early on Friday morning in order to complete his second round of the co-sanctioned Big Easy Tour/MENA Tour’s South to East Challenge.

However, he comes back with a one-shot lead over 2017-18 Sunshine Tour Q-School winner, Herman Loubser.

Loubser (19) took the early clubhouse lead on seven-under thanks to a fine two-under 70 in the cold, windy conditions.

His round included four birdies and two bogeys, however it’s the mentality the youngster showed on an icy Thursday on the Highveld which was most impressive.

“This morning we were first group off so it was tough. We couldn’t feel our hands in the morning and just tried to grind it out,” he said of the conditions at Ebotse.

“To be honest with you, the last few years I’ve not played in a lot of conditions like this. I’ve usually stayed in bed if it was this cold. It reminded me a lot of back when I was younger and sort of just grinding out in this weather, just trying to make pars instead of birdies and it brought back a lot of memories,” he explained, referring to the 14-year period of his life he spent living in the Isle of Man before returning to South African shores.

“I’ll see how it goes tomorrow. I’m obviously in a good position and that’s all I could ask for. If I can play the golf I’ve been playing the first two days I’m sure I’ll have a chance,” said Loubser.

Meyer will need to complete holes 17 and 18 early on Friday morning, however he’s confident it won’t upset his solid play.

"It's not great having to come off now and be back tomorrow morning. It feels like I'm swinging it nicely and I'm happy with how it went out there today. Tomorrow will be exciting so I'm looking forward to it," said Meyer.

LATEST SECOND-ROUND SCORES

-8 - Breyten Meyer 67 (-3) [15]

-7 - Herman Loubser 67 70

-6 - Dean O'Riley 70 68

-3 - Ryan Cairns 70 71

-2 - Omar Sandys 69 73, Allister de Kock 69 73, Combrinck Smit 72 70

-1 - Henric Sturehed 70 73, Luke Joy 74 69, Jordan Garnish 74 69, Maritz Wessels 73 70

Par - Jonathan Waschefort 68 76, Jeff Hopkins 72 72, Divan Gerber 72 72, Jacquin Hess 70 74, PH McIntyre 70 74, Luke Jerling 72 72, Kenneth Dube 69 75, Chris Cannon 72 72, Desne Van Den Bergh 71 (+1) [15], Chris van der Meulen 72 (Par) [15], Clifford Thompson 71 (+1) [15], Thanda Mavundla 72 (Par) [15]

+1 - Coert Groenewald 73 72

+2 - Jamie Elson 71 75, Etienne Bond 69 77, Russel Franz 73 (+1) [15]

+3 - Cyril Suk 73 74, Estiaan Conradie 71 76, Jason Smith 77 70, Bryn Flanagan 74 73, Francois Coetzee 75 72, Danie Van Niekerk 73 74, Brett Liddle 71 (+4) [15], Stuart Smith 75 (Par) [15], Irvin Mazibuko 74 (+1) [15], Conway Kunneke 73 (+2) [15]

+4 - Ben Amor 75 73, Siphiwe Siphayi 76 72, Quintin Wilsnach 75 73, Bennie van der Merwe 73 75, Matias Calderon 73 75, Andi Dill 72 76, Dwayne Basson 71 77, Roberto Lupini 81 (-5) [15], Kevin Edwards 72 (+4) [15]

+5 - Tyler Hogarty 75 74, Drikus van der Walt 73 76, Antonio Costa 76 73, Altaaf Bux 75 74, Aubrey Beckley 71 78

+6 - Fredrik From 74 76, Daniel Hammond 77 73, Anton Haig 77 73, Pieter Kruger 79 71

+7 - Sean Bradley 77 74, Gert Myburgh 79 72, Damon Stephenson 78 73, Dayne Moore 76 75, Teboho Sefatsa 79 (Par) [15], Greg Bentley 75 (+4) [15]

+8 - Scott Campbell 75 77, Dylan O'Leary 76 76, Heinrich Bruiners 74 78, Makhetha Mazibuko 79 (+1) [15]

+9 - Paul de Beer 73 80, Antonio Rosado 76 77, Teagan Moore 76 77, Craig Hinton 72 81, Max Smith 78 75, Phumlani Maluka 75 78, Duane Keun 76 77, N.J. Arnoldi 83 (-2) [15]

+10 - Bryce McCabe 74 80, Sipho Bujela 74 80, Jason Diab 77 77, Therion Nel 75 79, Jacques P de Villiers 74 80, Neal Herman 78 76, Cameron Esau 81 73

+11 - Richie O'Donovan 74 81, Edward Kent 78 77

+12 - Abhishek Jha 82 74

+13 - Arthur Horne 75 82, Elliot Bradley 78 79, Wynand Dingle 83 74, Ruan Conradie 72 85, Andrew Odoh 79 78, Adriel Poonan 76 81

+14 - Jack Duthie 79 79, Tyron McComb 81 77, Dylan Docherty 81 77, Wayne Stroebel 75 83

+15 - Tiago Lobo 75 (+12) [15]

+16 - Craig Kieswetter 78 82, Gerrit Foster 76 84, Musiwalo Nethunzwi 75 85, Michael Dreyer 81 79, Justin Turner 78 (+10) [15], Heino Havenga 76 (+12) [15]

+17 - Bryce Bibby 78 83, Andrew van der Knaap 76 85, Matt Carroll 85 (+4) [15]

+18 - Arkesh Bhatia 79 83, Neezy Thubisi 78 84, Sam Hobday 86 76

+21 - Jeff Inglis 78 87, Andrew Burmester 83 82, Daniel Scourfield 80 85

+22 - Ganeev Giddie 82 (+12) [15]

+23 - Gerard du Plooy 83 84

+24 - Sami Keating 88 80

WDN - Jaco Mouton 79 WDN, Byron Garvie 86 WDN, Tyrone Ryan 68 WDN

RTD - Kevin Rhoderick 77 RTD [12], TB Mathebula RTD RTD, JJ Senekal RTD RTD, Toto Thimba 75 RTD [12]

DSQ - Mark Murless



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