Albertse stays in share of Mount Edgecombe lead

Sep 17, 2021 | Featured, Sunshine Tour

Louis Albertse kept a share of the lead on Friday with a one-under-par 69 in the second round of the Sunshine Tour’s Vodacom Origins of Golf event at the Woods at Mount Edgecombe.

On another day on which low scores were hard to come by, three birdies and two bogeys were enough for Albertse to stay in a share of the lead with Brazilian veteran Adilson Da Silva who also had three birdies and two bogeys in his one-under 69. They had a one-stroke lead over Ockie Stydom, with four players on three-under in a share of fourth.

“Conditions were not easy but I felt I handled them very well,” said Albertse of the blustery, cold conditions. “In these conditions there are always going to be mistakes, but I’m happy that I’ve ended the day in a good position. There was no rain this afternoon, but the wind was definitely a factor. In my last six or seven holes it really picked up and it was a bit cold as well.

“At times the wind meant a difference of three or four clubs, and at this place when that happens then anything under par is good. I will approach the final round exactly the same. I’m playing nicely and there’s no need to change anything. Both my bogeys today were putting errors on the par fives, which was really surprising because I’ve been putting well.”

Albertse had his first bogey very early on in his round as he dropped a shot on the third, but he kept things together despite that, and made birdies on five, six and 12. But another dropped shot on the par-five 14th.

Da Silva also started his round on the first, and he got into red figures with a birdie on the par-five fifth, but dropped shots on the eighth and the ninth. He made birdies on the 10th and the 12th in a bogey-free homeward run.

The round of the day belonged to Hayden Griffiths, who carded a bogey-free seven-under-par 63. That was three shots better than anyone else, as three players signed for four-under 68s.

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