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It’s Haig v Park… Round Two at Houghton Challenge

Just two weeks since their tussle for glory at the ERPM Challenge, Anton Haig and Carrie Park were at it again in round two of the IGT Tour’s Houghton Challenge on Tuesday.
Haig produced two eagles on his way to a flawless nine-under-par 63 that rocketed the 29-year-old into pole position at seven under 137, while Park blitzed the championship layout at Houghton Golf Club in 67 strokes to finish just one shot off the pace.
Two weeks ago Haig beat Park to the finish line in a two-horse race, but the Haig-Park show will have a lot more contestants this time around.
Simon Kruger returned a second successive 69 to tie Park for second, while Englishman David Ashley and Lejan Lewthwaite are within striking distance at five under. Ashley, a former IGT Tour winner, returned a 67 and the Sunshine Ladies Tour rookie blistered the course in 65 strokes.
With a quartet of Sunshine Tour players – Russel Franz (69), Breyten Meyer (68), CJ du Plessis (69) and former winner Heinrich Bruiners (70) – skulking at four under, Haig predicts an epic battle for victory in the final round.
‘I think it’s going to be a dogfight,’ Haig said. ‘I’m grateful that I have a one shot cushion, but I don’t know how much it will help. A leaderboard logjam like this means it will be a fight to the end. It will come down to the guy or girl who wants it the most and produces the shots to win it.’
The former European Tour champion dipped into red numbers with birdies at one and six and an eagle at the par five third. He turned four under and pushed his way to the top with three more gains at 11, 16 and 18 and a chip-in eagle three at 15.
‘I had a shocker in the first round, so I really had to kick myself up a gear to get going,’ Haig said. ‘I made a good start with the eight-footer for birdie at the first. The eagle at three just gave me that booster of momentum I needed and I holed another eight-footer for birdie at six.
‘I hit it pretty close all day, and I chipped in at 15 and 18. I was striking the ball so much better and now I’m really up for the final round. It’s going to be great to be in a tight fight. Irrespective of whether I win or not, it’s great to be in this position.’
Park shot career best rounds of 63, 69 and 66 in the ERPM Challenge and showed that same form with five birdies on the front nine. On the back nine she interrupted a string of pars with a lone bogey at 12 but offset the damage with birdie at the par four 17.
The 19-year-old South Korean is relishing the chance to take another shot at a maiden IGT Tour title.
‘I was a little disappointed not to produce the same numbers in last week’s CMR Classic,’ said Park. ‘Still, I tied for 13th, so it wasn’t all bad. But it nice to shoot low numbers again this week and to have another opportunity to play in the final group.
‘The more I can be in contention, the more I can learn to deal with the pressure. I’m sure that with experience, the win will eventually come. The key is just to put myself in a position to challenge.’

All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified and amateurs are indicated as AMA:
137 – Anton Haig 74 63
138 – Simon Kruger 69 69, Carrie Park 71 67
139 – David Ashley (ENG) 72 67, Lejan Lewthwaite 74 65
140 – Russel Franz 71 69, Breyten Meyer 72 68, CJ du Plessis 71 69, Heinrich Bruiners 70 70
141 – Derryn Mitri AMA 70 71, Hilton Hughes AMA 74 67
143 – Conway Kunneke 73 70, Coert Groenewald 71 72, Stuart Smith (BOT) 73 70
144 – Jonathan Waschefort 78 66, Jason Viljoen 73 71, Gerard Du Plooy 77 67
146 – Stephan Erasmus AMA 74 72, CJ Levey 72 74
147 – Calvin Caldeira 73 74, Tyron Mc Comb 74 73, Werner Van Wyk 75 72
148 – Duane Keun 70 78, Louis Taylor 76 72, Matt Bright 69 79, Angelo Marques AMA 76 72
149 – John McClean (NIR) 75 74, Gary Daoust AMA (BEL) 76 73
150 – Paul De Beer 73 77, Jacques De Villiers 72 78
151 – Dylan Docherty 74 77, Eddie Taylor 80 71, Mohit Mediratta AMA (KEN) 73 78, Brendan Britten (NAM) 74 77
152 – Michael Kok AMA 80 72, Matt Wollmann AMA (ZIM) 79 73, NJ Arnoldi 78 74, Terence Boardman 75 77, Ruan Korb AMA 76 76
153 – Dongkwan Kim (KOR) 75 78, Graeme Limper AMA 79 74, Karl Lehmacher AMA 79 74
154 – Clinton Cheia 80 74, Bryce Myburgh 81 73
155 – Ricki Dembo 77 78, JP Schmidt AMA 79 76, Stephen Forsyth AMA 81 74, Sam Metcalfe AMA 80 75, Leon Visser AMA 75 80
156 – Marco De Beer AMA 78 78, Liam Bezuidenhout AMA 80 76, Ricky Hendler AMA 77 79
157 – Tumie Motale 77 80, Shaun Carter 78 79
159 – NJ Van Der Walt AMA 80 79
160 – Divan Marais 81 79, Jadrick Fourie AMA 82 78, Adam Baker AMA 80 80, Jordan Parsons AMA 77 83

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