Mid-amateur win for Uitenhage man

Lali Stander

UITENHAGE’S Attie Burger held off reigning SA Mid-Amateur Strokeplay champion Greg Sheard to claim a two-shot victory in the Volvo Eastern Province Mid-Amateur tournament at Humewood Golf Club on Sunday.

The 48-year-old EP player comfortably navigated the wide and undulating fairways, thick coastal bush and fast greens to record rounds of 73 and 70 and win on one-under-par 143.

The key to Burger’s success was limiting his mistakes and righting his wrongs around the tough former SA Open layout.

In the first round, Burger bogeyed the second, signed for a seven at the par-five 11th and dropped another shot at the 13th, but he tied for second with fellow Uitenhage golfer Ryno Ferreira after birdies at the fifth, 15th and 16th.

The pair trailed first-round leader Hendrik Burger, of Bloemfontein, by two strokes.

In the second round, Burger dropped shots on the first, 13th, and 15th, but erased the deficit with birdies at the fifth, eighth, 11th, 15th and 17th.

Sheard, who opened with a 75, dropped three shots in the second round but reversed the damage with five birdies to finish alone in second after signing for a two- under 70.

Meanwhile, Ferreira added a second-round 74 to tie for third on three-over-par 147 with local favourite Mzuyanda Zingela, who carded rounds of 77 and 70 at his home course.

Rounds of 75 and 73 lifted Stephen Johnston, from Ruimsig Country Club in Central Gauteng, to joint fifth on four-over 148 alongside the country’s No1 ranked mid-amateur, Graeme Watson.

The leading results were:

143 – Attie Burger 73 70

145 – Greg Sheard 75 70

147 – Mzuyanda Zingela 77 70 Ryno Ferreira 73 74

148 – Stephen Johnson 75 73 Graeme Watson 76 72

149 – Christian Pienaar 77 72 Neil Homann 78 71

151 – Brett Langston 75 76 Hendrik Burger 71 80

153 – Patrick Totyi 79 74 Graeme Inggs 75 78 David Konzani 74 79

154 – Jauqo Jacobs 75 79

155 – Udesh Pillay 74 81 Neil Fusedale 80 75

156 – Shaun Botha 80 76 John Kew 78 78

157 – Sean Coetzee 78 79

158 – Anthony Jennings 81 77 Deon de Villiers 81 77 Leon de Lange 77 81 Barry Crouse 78 80

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