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Lombard holds on to the lead at Woodhill

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Ockie Strydom had a stab at the lead with six birdies, Danie van Tonder made a run at pole position with two eagles, but it was Zander Lombard who stayed the course on day two of the Race to Q-School #14 on Tuesday.

The local favourite extended his overnight lead with a five-under-par 67 at Woodhill Country Club to move 13 under, three clear of his nearest rivals.

Lombard began competing on the IGT Challenge Tour in 2012 and collected seven trophies as he cut his teeth on the country’s premier golf development circuit.

A blistering 64 in the opening round pushed him to the front of the field and Lombard set up a wire-to-wire chance at adding to his groaning mantle, but the 22-year-old will have to stave off fellow Sunshine Tour campaigners Strydom and Van Tonder on Wednesday.

‘I definitely expect Ockie and Danie to come out firing on Thursday,’ he said. ‘They are both experienced players and they have the same goal as me. We all want to finish in front and take some confidence from the IGT Challenge Tour into the Eye of Africa PGA Championship next week.

‘When you play in a three-ball like this, you push each other and it forces you to dig deeper and to push harder. I think it’s going to be a great battle. We can’t lose sight of the guys behind us, either. Anyone can catch fire tomorrow and push past us, so I’ll take it one hole at the time. Try to make the best score possible on every hole and hopefully I finish in front. It’s been a while since I won an Eagle Trophy, so I’m definitely going to fight till the last putt drops.’

Lombard erased a pair of bogeys with birdies at 11 and 14 and fired an eagle at the par-four 15th to turn 10 under.

Strydom collected a brace of birdies at 10 and 11 and added another pair at 14 and 15 to edge ahead of the overnight leader, while Van Tonder – four shots off the pace at the start of the round – got it to eight under with birdies at 11 and 15 and an eagle at the par-five 17th.

The lead changed hands again when Strydom dropped successive shots at the second and third, and Lombard birdied the short third.

He added two more birdies at four and five and parred the last four holes to retain the lead as Strydom rallied with gains at five and six. However, a bogey finish put paid to the Kempton Park player’s challenge and he signed for a 69 to finish at 10 under.

Van Tonder began his back nine with a bogey, but an eagle at the par five fifth and a birdie putt at the short seventh for a 66 landed the three-time Sunshine Tour winner with a share of second.

Pieter Kruger carded a 66 to move into fourth at nine-under, while Pretoria rookie Estiaan Conradie and MJ Viljoen share fifth at eight under after posting respective rounds of 68 and 66.

First Round Scores
All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified and amateurs indicated as AMA.
131 – Zander Lombard 64 67
134 – Ockert Strydom 65 69, Danie van Tonder 68 66
135 – Pieter Kruger 69 66
136 – Estiaan Conradie 68 68, MJ Viljoen 70 66
137 – Madalitso Muthiya (ZAM) 68 69, Dylan Kok AMA 67 70
138 – Tyrone Ryan 68 70
139 – Albert Venter AMA 71 68, Phillip Kruse AMA 72 67, Kyle Barker 67 72, Allister de Kock 74 65
140 – Christopher van der Merwe AMA 70 70, NJ Arnoldi 68 72, Thabang Simon 70 70, Ruhan van Dijk AMA 70 70, Jaco Prinsloo 68 72
141 – Justin Turner 71 70, Leorin Pillay 74 67, David Ashley (ENG) 69 72, JC Ritchie 67 74, Toto Thimba Jnr 69 72, Duane Keun 73 68, Teaghan Gauche 71 70, Stephan de Beer 69 72
142 – Jacopo Vecchi Fossa (ITA) 72 70, Conway Kunneke 72 70, Neil Cheetham (ENG) 67 75, Quintin Crause 73 69, Matthew Spacey 69 73, Wayne Stroebel 70 72, Dean O’Riley 69 73
143 – Stefan Labuschagne AMA 70 73, Armand van Dyk AMA 71 72, Francois Coetzee 69 74, Altaaf Bux 71 72, Richard O’Donovan (IRE) 72 71, Dwayne Coetzee 70 73, Pieter Muller AMA 72 71, Teagan Moore 71 72, Eric Nel AMA 76 67
144 – Irvin Mazibuko 74 70, Makhetha Mazibuko 72 72, Bryce Myburgh 75 69, Dylan Mostert AMA 70 74, Shalan Govender 69 75, Marcus Smal AMA 72 72, Paul de Beer 72 72, Shane Irwin AMA (IRE) 75 69
145 – Leon Visser AMA 72 73, Gerard du Plooy 71 74, Ruan Conradie 70 75, Matt Bright 75 70, Stuart Smith (BOT) 74 71, Russel Franz 72 73, Musiwalo Nethunzwi 77 68, Michael Kok AMA 70 75, CJ Levey 75 70
146 – Divan Marais 70 76, Edoardo Torrieri (ITA) 74 72, Omar Sandys 74 72, Alex van Heerden AMA 75 71, Albert Visser AMA 69 77, John Parkinson 72 74, Paul Boshoff 74 72, Stephan Erasmus AMA 71 75, Richard Kruger AMA 74 72

Missed the cut:
147 – WM Coetzee AMA 70 77, Jonathan Waschefort 68 79, Owen Grobler 72 75, Marco de Beer AMA 71 76, Ruan Botha AMA 68 79, CJ du Plessis 78 69, Clinton Cheia 68 79, Gideon Pienaar 75 72, Matthew Hands AMA 73 74, Sam Botham (ENG) 69 78, Jason Froneman 76 71
148 – Sam Metcalfe AMA 75 73, Philip Geerts AMA (ITA) 74 74, Tertius van den Berg 76 72, Pieter Moolman 71 77, Gary Daoust (BEL) 75 73, Andrew van der Knaap AMA 75 73
149 – Ruan Korb AMA 76 73, Jack Kutumane 75 74, Fanie Wolmarans AMA 72 77, Ryan Wingrove AMA 75 74, Andrew Odoh (NGA) 73 76, Matthew Vogel 75 74, Jason Ackerman AMA 75 74
150 – Thabi Ngcobo 75 75, Marc de Jager AMA 74 76
151 – Terry Smith 77 74, Matt Wollmann (ZIM) 74 77, Sean Rice AMA 76 75, Shaun Barrett AMA 75 76
152 – Martin Dewhurst (ENG) 74 78
153 – Nash de Klerk AMA 78 75, Leon Vorster AMA 81 72, Nicol Kromhout AMA 76 77
154 – Divan van der Merwe AMA 80 74, Wesley Baptiste 74 80
155 – Frans Strydom 79 76, Neal Herman 80 75, Reinard Vermeulen AMA 81 74, Joshua Leo AMA 82 73, John Bele 78 77, Duan Nagel AMA 76 79, Darren Gerrard 80 75, Sipho Bujela 72 83
156 – Lydon Charnley AMA 78 78, Igor Milicic (SRB) 79 77, Stef Visage 82 74
157 – David Lamprecht 78 79, Clifford Ndou 79 78
158 – Kyle Beattie AMA 82 76, Dylan Morton AMA 74 84, Jabulane Mabilane 78 80
159 – LJ Lowies AMA 78 81
160 – Hanko Bothma 81 79, Michael Dreyer 79 81, Cameron Gunning 83 77
161 – Herman Steyn AMA 81 80
163 – Marais Visagie 79 84
166 – Roelof van Tonder AMA 82 84
167 – Christopher Constantinou AMA 82 85, Gareth Anderson AMA 82 85
WDN – Andi Dill 74 WDN, Coert Groenewald 72 WDN, Heinrich Stoop AMA 87 WDN


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