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    "title": "Lucas edges clear of pack at Killarney",
    "image": "https:\/\/images.supersport.com\/2018\/2\/KyleLucas_180213Swing300.jpg",
    "body": "<p>\r\nKyle Lucas will carry a one-stroke lead into the final round at Killarney Country Club as he goes in search of a first IGT Challenge Tour title in the 15th event of the Race to Q-School Series.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nRounds of 66 and 67 have moved the Alberton golfer to seven-under-par 133 and given Lucas an excellent platform heading into Wednesday\u2019s last round.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u201cWith a wedding, a honeymoon and a trip to Asia all still happening this month, I can definitely do with the first prize cheque,\u201d joked the 26-year-old. \u201cI won\u2019t have an easy ride to the finish line, though.\u201d <\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nSix players are within three shots of his lead, including former Sunshine Tour campaigner Roberto Lupini and Italian Philip Geerts, who carded respective rounds of 69 and 67 to finish just one shot off the pace.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nAn eagle at 15 and a birdie at 18 helped joint overnight leader Ruhan van Dijk to regain his footing with a 70. The Kempton Park amateur is a further shot back at five under.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nMatt Bright, Hendrikus Stoop and Juan Langeveld close out the top five at three-under 137.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nLucas began the second round one behind Lupini and Van Dijk.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nHe got his round off and running with a solid par at the 10th, but dropped the second.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u201cI hit a 4-iron and it flew left,\u201d he said. \u201cI ended up with a buried lie in the rough, but I somehow got it out and found the greenside bunker. I couldn\u2019t up-and-down to save par, but at the next hole, I hit a great pitching wedge approach to 15 foot and holed the birdie putt.\u201d<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nA brilliant 9-iron into 15 handed Lucas an eagle chance, but he left the putt short. \u201cDidn\u2019t make a mistake with the birdie putt and I turned one-over,\u201d he said.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nLucas reeled in another pair of birdies at two and eight, but missed a birdie chance at nine.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u201cI was striking the ball better over the first nine holes, but overall, it wasn\u2019t a great ball striking day. I hit a lot of approach shots between 10 and 15 feet, so I\u2019d have to say that my chipping and putting was solid, though, and definitely saved me.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u201cIf the game comes together nicely, who knows what will happen. It would be great to say goodbye to South Africa on a high note.\u201d<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nLucas spent four years competing on the collegiate circuit in the United States, but circumstances demanded that he took a fulltime job when he returned to South Africa. For the last couple of years he worked in sales at an Australian Short Team Insurer and kept his game competitive with the odd start on the IGT Challenge Tour.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nA stint in Asia inspired the Reading golfer to quit his job, wed his fianc\u00e9e Lara de Villiers and after the honeymoon, the pair are off to Asia.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u201cMy wife is going to teach English and I\u2019m going to play several of the Asian circuits, but I\u2019ll mainly compete on the Asian Development Tour, the Thailand PGA Tour, the Pilipino Tour and Indian Tour,\u201d Lucas said. \u201cI\u2019m very excited about the future.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u201cI was in sales and the work was getting seriously repetitive. I went to try for a card at the Asian Tour Qualifying School last year and I just loved it over there. And Lara shares my enthusiasm and wanderlust, so it\u2019s a whole new adventure for both of us.\u201d<\/p><p>\r\n\r\n<STRONG>SECOND-ROUND SCORES\r\n<\/STRONG><\/P><P>\r\n<STRONG>133<\/STRONG> - Kyle Lucas 66 67 <\/P><P>\r\n<STRONG>134<\/STRONG> - Roberto Lupini 65 69, Philip Geerts (ITA) 67 67<\/P><P>\r\n<STRONG>135<\/STRONG> - Ruhan van Dijk AMA 65 70<\/P><P>\r\n<STRONG>137<\/STRONG> - Matt Bright 69 68, Hendrikus Stoop 67 70, Juan Langeveld 69 68<\/P><P>\r\n<STRONG>138<\/STRONG> - Jack Duthie 70 68, Jade Buitendag 68 70, Bryce Myburgh 66 72<\/P><P>\r\n<STRONG>139<\/STRONG> - James Pennington (SWA) 72 67, Eric Nel 68 71<\/P><P>\r\n<STRONG>140<\/STRONG> - Steven Lecuyer (CAN) 71 69<\/P><P>\r\n<STRONG>141<\/STRONG> - Tertius van den Berg 70 71, Jason Roets 70 71, Carlo Heunis AMA 73 68<\/P><P>\r\n<STRONG>142<\/STRONG> - Norman Beggs 72 70, Clinton Grobler 71 71, Wayne Stroebel 73 69, Arno Pretorius AMA 71 71<\/P><P>\r\n<STRONG>143<\/STRONG> - Ruan Korb 73 70, Conway Kunneke 75 68, Leon Visser 70 73, Mark James (ENG) 71 72, Divan Marais 72 71, Quintin Crause 71 72, Neal Herman 68 75, Angus Ellis-Cole AMA 68 75<\/P><P>\r\n<STRONG>144<\/STRONG> - Jaco van der Merwe AMA 74 70, Paul de Beer 72 72, Evance Vukeya 71 73, Leon Vorster AMA 71 73, Bennie van der Merwe 71 73<\/P><P>\r\n<STRONG>145<\/STRONG> - WM Coetzee AMA 75 70, Basil Wright 75 70, Shaun van Tonder 77 68, Michael Dreyer 72 73, Tiaan Diederiks 74 71, Gianni Pera AMA 70 75<\/P><P>\r\n<STRONG>146<\/STRONG> - Paul Rodrigues AMA 72 74, Jens Hillerman AMA 76 70, Michael Pfeifer AMA 77 69, Albert Visser 74 72, John Bele 71 75<\/P><P>\r\n<STRONG>147<\/STRONG> - David Rebelo AMA 75 72, Werner van Wyk 75 72, Michael Schutz 74 73, Andi Dill 73 74, Juran Dreyer AMA 75 72, NJ van der Walt AMA 73 74, David Mofokeng (LSO) 74 73, Peetie van der Merwe 73 74<\/P><P>\r\n<STRONG>148<\/STRONG> - Eric Park (KOR) 74 74, Thabi Ngcobo 75 73, Paul Boshoff 73 75<<\/P><P>\r\n<STRONG>149<\/STRONG> - Matthew Rossouw AMA 76 73, Zabastian de Jager 79 70, Louis Botha 73 76, Daniel Joubert 78 71, Bryce McCabe 75 74, Matthew Hands AMA 77 72<\/P><P>\r\n<STRONG>Missed the cut<\/STRONG> <\/P><P>\r\n<STRONG>150<\/STRONG> - Ruben Labuschagne 75 75<\/P><P>\r\n<STRONG>151<\/STRONG> - Aneel Kallan AMA 76 75, Christian Larsson (SWE) 81 70, Stephan de Beer 75 76, Brandon Lydon AMA 78 73, Stephan Erasmus 73 78, Dylan Morton AMA 77 74, Allan Jirek AMA (CZ) 75 76<\/P><P>\r\n<STRONG>152<\/STRONG> - Liam Clinton AMA 75 77, Jancarel Rossouw AMA 80 72, Jason Ackerman AMA 79 73, Nqobani Ndabambi 78 74, Tristan Brice AMA 80 72<\/P><P>\r\n<STRONG>153<\/STRONG> - Axel Arinbjarnarson (SWE) 74 79, Andrej Skrbinsek AMA 79 74, Werner Lourens 80 73, Ryan Woolley AMA 76 77<\/P><P>\r\n<STRONG>154<\/STRONG> - Keanu Pestana AMA 76 78, Wayne du Toit 77 77, Duan Nagel AMA 79 75<\/P><P>\r\n<STRONG>155<\/STRONG> - Marcus Smal AMA 78 77, Gary Jutzen AMA 74 81<\/P><P>\r\n<STRONG>156<\/STRONG> - Jay Dean Fourie 76 80, Mpho Mafishe 76 80, Alwyn Smith AMA 80 76, Jonathan Kotzen AMA 79 77<\/P><P>\r\n<STRONG>157<\/STRONG> - Matthew Kiewitz AMA 81 76<\/P><P>\r\n<STRONG>159<\/STRONG> - Matthew Vogel 79 80<\/P><P>\r\n<STRONG>162<\/STRONG> - Mohammed Ismail AMA 84 78<\/P><P>\r\n<STRONG>167<\/STRONG> - Adam Baker 79 88<\/P><P>\r\n<STRONG>168<\/STRONG> - Bradley Van Biljon 80 88<\/P><P>\r\n<STRONG>169<\/STRONG> - Trevor Barnes AMA 83 86<\/P><P>\r\n<STRONG>171<\/STRONG> - Thabang Tlou 90 81<\/P><P>\r\n<STRONG>181<\/STRONG> - Adam Cooper 89 92 <\/P>",
    "blurb": "Kyle Lucas will carry a one-stroke lead into the final round at Killarney Country Club as he goes in search of a first IGT Challenge Tour title in the 15th event of the Race to Q-School Series.",
    "date": "2018-02-13T21:34:50",
    "author": "Lali Stander",
    "credit": "",
    "img_credit": "Kyle Lucas \u00a9 CJ du Plooy",
    "category": "SA",
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