Jacques Kruyswijk managed to keep the big numbers to a minimum on Saturday in the windy third round of the European Tour’s and Ladies European Tour’s Scandinavian Mixed and his two-over-par 74 took him to a share of 18th ahead of the final round.
Kruyswijk wasn’t the leading South African at the halfway stage, but, as the wind picked up after the early start – which was taken in an attempt to miss the incoming weather – he managed to make three birdies, three bogeys and a double-bogey to limit the damage.
South Africa’s best performer up to the halfway mark was Darren Fichardt, and he fought the wind on his way to a third-round of five-over 77. He had made six bogeys before me he managed a pair of birdies on 13 and 14, but he had to take another bogey on the closing hole as he slid from 11-under to six-under and a share of 27th.
Kruyswijk was seven-under for the tournament, five shots off the four-way share of the lead held by two-time Sunshine Tour winner Rhys Enoch from Wales, Australian Jason Scrivener, and LET players Alice Hewson of England and local heroine Caroline Hedwall of Sweden.
Fichardt shared 27th with Zander Lombard, who shot a one-over 73. Lee-Anne Pace was also one over in the third round, and she was in a share of 54th with Haydn Porteous, who signed for the same score.
On the Challenge Tour, JC Ritchie was the leading South African after the third round. He was in a share of 28th on four-under, 15 behind the leader Kristof Ulenaers of Belgium. Jacques Blaauw was on two-under and Bryce Easton on two-over.