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Steyn stretches lead at Central Gauteng Open

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Modderfontein’s Marco Steyn produced a flawless nine-under-par 63 to open up a yawning gap on the field in the second round of the Central Gauteng Open at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club on Saturday.
Steyn shared the first round lead with Southern Cape’s Johannes Frahs after the pair opened with a pair of five under 67s at the East Course.
Playing in the afternoon field, the 18-year-old Steyn started three shots behind Cameron Moralee from Southern Cape, who set the early target at eight under with an impressive 64.
He burst from the blocks with a three-birdie start to join the KeNako Academy player at the top, but another three-birdie flurry from the seventh took Steyn to the turn at 11 under.
Further gains at 10, 14 and 18 moved the TuksGolf Academies player to 14-under-par 130.
He will start the third round six strokes clear of Moralee and Gauteng North’s Albert Venter, who returned a 68.
Gauteng North’s Ruan Conradie opened with an eagle at the par-five first and mixed four bogeys with eight birdies for a 65 to move to fourth on seven under alongside Dylan Mostert from Ekurhuleni, who returned a 66.
Joint overnight leader Frahs from Plettenburg Bay carded a 75 to finish two under and shares 12th spot with James du Preez from Gauteng North.
Steyn was predictably pleased that his bogey-free production also marked his career low score. ‘I watched the live scoring in the morning and I saw some guys were hitting low scores,’ he said.
‘When I got to the course, the guys who came off said the pins were not as brutal as in the first round and that put me in a good frame of mind. When I opened with three birdies in a row, I knew I could for a low number because I’m striking the ball well and my accuracy is very good at the moment.’
The Dimension Data Junior Open champion is hunting his second Open Amateur victory at the same course he broke through in the ProShop Northern Amateur last year.
‘Obviously my goal this year has been to win another Open amateur event, and the East Course suits my game,’ he said.
‘I think it would be great to win this at the same course where I won last year and this championship is also a great warm-up for the last Sunshine Tour junior event, the Joburg Junior Open, next month. ‘There are still two rounds to go, though. I’ll be sleeping on a six stroke lead, but that advantage could be gone in a heartbeat if someone else runs hot in the third or final round.’
A total of 70 players made the cut at 64 and ties, set at five over 149.

Picture of Steyn courtesy of Ernest Blignault

SECOND ROUND SCORES
130 – Marco Steyn 67 63
136 – Cameron Moralee 71 65; Albert Venter 68 68
137 – Ruan Conradie 71 66; Dylan Mostert 71 66
138 – Philip Kruse 70 68
139 – Blaine Dormehl 72 67
140 – Jeff Hopkins IRL 72 68; Jason Viljoen 70 70
141 – Alan Lones 71 70; Luke Trocado 69 72
142 – James du Preez 72 70; Johannes Frahs 67 75
143 – Andre Nel 77 66; Christian Basson 76 67; David Meyers 73 70; Herman Loubser 72 71; Matthew Spacey 71 72; Jason Smith 71 72; Tyrone Gibb 71 72; Niel du Preez 70 73
144 – Basil Wright 74 70; Garrick Higgo 73 71; Carlo O’Reilly 73 71; James Pennington 73 71; Fezekile Kana 71 73
145 – Angus Ellis-Cole 75 70; Hendrikus Stoop 74 71; Karl Lehmacher 74 71; Kyle McClatchie 72 73; Luke Jerling 72 73; Estiaan Conradie 70 75; David Mcintyre 70 75; Michael Pienaar 70 75
146 – Neal Herman 74 72; Keegan de Lange 73 73; Andrew Carlsson 72 74; Divan Marais 72 74; Andi Dill 72 74; Mohit Mediratta 71 75
147 – Philip Geertz ITA 74 73; Aubrey Beckley 74 73; Reinhardt Blaauw 73 74; Melvin D Geldenhuys 72 75; Arno Pretorius 72 75; Dean Martin 72 75; Stephen Morrison 71 76
148 – Evance Vukeya 77 71; Craig Lindsay-Smith 77 71; Andre van Heerden (Jnr) 77 71; Theunie Bezuidenhout 76 72; Maximillian Boegel GER 76 72; Tom Watson 76 72; Werner van Wyk 75 73; Elmo Barnard 74 74; Jason Rossiter 74 74; Phil Minkley 74 74; Keagan Thomas 74 74; Brett Langston 73 75; Tyran van Lieshout 73 75; Safidy Ratrimoson 73 75; Nabeel Desai 73 75
149 – Loris Schuepbach SUI 78 71; Jason Thalrose 77 72; Brandon Cloete 76 73; Cameron Walker 75 74; Shaun Carter IRL 74 75; Colin Garden 73 76; Kyle Barker 73 76; Zabastian de Jager 71 78


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