Sefatsa leads at Copperleaf
After a shaky start, Teboho Sefatsa opened up the sails over the back nine to coast to a one-stroke lead during round two of the Big Easy tour Championship at the Els Club, Copperleaf near Centurion on Thursday.
“I made four threes in a row on the back nine, which was good,” Sefatsa said.
“I knew something was going to happen, and it did on the stretch.
“I managed to beat the wind, so I’m very happy.” Sefatsa has finished outside the money only once on the Big Easy Tour this year.
He continued to dominate on Thursday, shooting 69 and opening up a one-stroke lead over three-time winner Riekus Nortje.
“Consistency is my kind of thing,” Sefatsa said.
“I guess that’s the way my game has developed over the year, hence the scores showing now.
“We’ll let time tell and fate dictate for the rest of this tournament.” Despite good ball striking, Sefatsa battled with blustery conditions over the front nine and dropped at the fourth and fifth.
A well-timed pair of birdies at the seventh and eighth was enough to keep the 29-year-old composed in spite of a further drop at the ninth.
“I got off to a good start with a birdie on one,” he said.
“Then I made two quick drops at four and five, but I picked a few shots back and turned at level-par.” The Glendower Golf Club professional rode the wind over the back stretch.
He birdied the 13th before soaring into the lead with an eagle at the par-five 15th.
Nortje also carded 69 for the day with birdies at 16 and 17, pushing him up the leaderboard to sign in at four-under.
The rookie is second in earnings on the tour, and even though he wants to win, a sole second will secure him the Order of Merit title.
Tyrone Ryan shot a respectable 71 to finish a further stroke adrift.
He has been five-under for the last two rounds, which means that he is in with a good shout on Friday.
Mark Williams also carded 71, which put him into sole fourth, while Ross Wellington and overnight leader Francois Coetzee finished on a share of fifth at one-under.