Schaper’s 68 sees him join Sishen lead

Jayden Schaper carded a four-under-par 68 on Friday to move into a share of the second-round lead of the Sunshine Tour’s Vodacom Origins of Golf event at Sishen Golf Club at five-under-par.

Schaper made an eagle, four birdies and two bogeys to join Ockie Strydom, the man who won the tournament two years ago when the Sunshine Tour last played in Sishen, at the top of the leaderboard. The pair had a two-stroke lead over Rupert Kaminski and Alex Haindl.

Schaper started his round on the 10th, and, on a stretch from the 11th to the 14th, he went birdie-bogey-bogey-birdie to reach the turn at level-par. But he picked up two birdies and an eagle on his homeward nine, the eagle coming on the par-five sixth.

Strydom also eagled the sixth, having started his second round on the first, and, together with a birdie and a bogey on the front nine, he reached the turn in two-under. He picked up just one more shot on his way home, on the par-four 14th, and he signed for a three-under 69 – one better than his opening effort.

The best round of the day came from Haindl, who won at Sun City at the beginning of June. He went bogey-free for his five-under 67, and that saw him put himself in contention.

Matching Schaper’s 68 in the second round were Christiaan Basson, who climbed to one-under for the tournament in a share of ninth, and Luke Jerling, who has recently recovered from a bout of COVID-19. He was at level-par for the tournament, in a share of 13th, and by no means out of contention.

There was another 67 on the day, from Leon Visser, but it was not enough for him to make the cut after his opening round of 81. The cut fell at three-over, and players of the calibre of Louis de Jager, Keith Horne and Thriston Lawrence fell foul of it.

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