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Teboho Sefastsa © CJ du Plooy

Sefastsa on top in Pretoria



Reinventing yourself is a work in progress, but Germiston’s Teboho Sefastsa is starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel, especially after a seven-under-par 65 propelled him to the top of the pile in the second round of the IGT Challenge Tour’s Services Challenge.

“It’s been a long while since I’ve gone bogey-free around any golf course, let alone lead a tournament,” chuckled the former Sunshine Tour champion after his flawless effort at Services Golf Club in Pretoria on Tuesday. “It feels good; it feels really good.”

Sefatsa leads by two from current IGT Money List leader Ruan Conradie, fellow Pretoria golfer Tokkie van den Berg and Mpumalanga amateur Leon Visser, who returned rounds of 68 to sit at eight under.

Sefatsa was two off the pace after opening with a 69, but the Gary Player School of 2017 member only needed two holes to catch overnight leader Bennie van der Merwe.

“The birdie-birdie start definitely set me up for a positive day,” said the 34-year-old tournament leader. “I birdied all the par fives – two nine, 12 and 18 – which is always a bonus and I chipped in from just off the green at 10 after I misjudged the wind.

“I got a lucky bounce at 13 when I pushed my tee shot right into the trees. The ball hit a tree and finished in the fairway and I made sure of the birdie. I had a couple of chances on both nines, but overall I’m happy with the score. It’s progress in the right direction.”

Sefatsa has been winless since his breakthrough at the BMG Classic in 2012 at his home course, Glendower. By his own admission, his career was on the skids, and losing his card was a rude wake-up call.

“I had 10 good years on the circuit, and I feel like the next 10 years could be better, but somewhere in between things got stale,” he said. “Last year I took stock and I realised that there were a number of issues that needed attention.

“I’ve worked hard this year, made a lot of changes and I’m finding myself again here on the IGT Challenge Tour. I hit the ball great, but everything else that helps you to score, was missing. “I’ve always hit the ball well and my short game has been my strongest weapon, but now I’m bringing in physical conditioning, mental strength and all the other stuff to gain the desired result.

“One of my biggest weaknesses was the mental side of the game. My course management went out the window when I started to struggle or got ahead of myself. I started seeing Maretha Claassens and she has revolutionised the way I think on the golf course, now.

“My coach Mike de Villiers over at Modderfontein has been a god-send. He is so passionate and brilliant and he listens. He helped me to realise that I need to consider things like body shape, flexibility and mobility in my swing. You can have a one-size-fit-all swing for everyone. You also don’t have the same body all your life, so what worked at 24 isn’t working at 34.”

Sefatsa said that the IGT Challenge Tour gives him the stage where he can put it all into action.

“You come here with all the changes and new ideas and you’re in a pressure cooker,” he said. “Here is where you see if it works, or if it fails. So far, so good. It’s a work in progress, but I’m moving towards the light at the end of the tunnel.

“I don’t know the other lads well, but I’ve played with Ruan a couple of times now. Definitely a future prospect for SA golf. I like the way he plays, because he never backs down, and that’s the kind of pressure I’m looking for right now.”

SECOND-ROUND SCORES

134 - Teboho Sefatsa 69 65

136 - Leon Visser AMA 68 68, Tokkie van den Berg 68 68, Ruan Conradie 68 68

139 - Bryce Myburgh 71 68

140 - Estiaan Conradie 71 69, Bennie van der Merwe 67 73

141 - Pieter Moolman 72 69

142 - Shaun van Tonder 71 71

143 - Kyle McClatchie AMA 73 70, Richard Joubert AMA 70 73

144 - Clinton Grobler 72 72, Etienne Janse van Rensburg AMA 71 73

145 - Juan Langeveld 74 71, Jacques Cloete AMA 73 72

146 - Roberto Lupini 70 76, Phillip Kruse AMA 76 70, JP Cooper AMA 75 71, Duan Nagel AMA 71 75

147 - Jade Buitendag 75 72, Ru-Juan Lessingh AMA 73 74, Thabi Ngcobo 76 71

148 - Ruan Korb 73 75, Pedro August 71 77, Owen Grobler 74 74

149 - Divan Marais 78 71, Louis Botha 72 77, Ruan Groenewald AMA 74 75, Dennis Williams AMA 75 74

150 - Estiaan de Jager AMA 75 75, Conway Kunneke 74 76, Cameron Nesmith AMA 76 74, Mae Cornforth 74 76

152 - Paul de Beer 77 75, Jay Dean Fourie 73 79, Cameron Gurr AMA 78 74, Terry Smith 78 74

MISSED THE CUT

153 - Tudor Bismark (ZIM) 80 73, Joubert van Eeden 79 74, Marc de Jager AMA (ENG) 78 75

154 - Juan de Bruin AMA 80 74

155 - Stephan de Beer 75 80, Marcus Smal AMA 79 76, Christopher de Beer AMA 83 72, Divan de Villiers AMA 77 78, Hanro Kilian AMA 77 78, Jaco van der Merwe AMA 76 79

156 - Cameron Gunning 80 76

158 - Alfred Koopman AMA 81 77

160 - Aaron Lugtenburg 78 82, Donald Makhafola AMA 80 80, Gary Jutzen AMA 81 79

171 - Dylan Morton AMA 86 85

DSQ - Christiaan Pretorius DSQ DSQ, Romano Saincic 78 DSQ



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