Brandon Stone stamped his authority on this year's SA Amateur Strokeplay Championship at Glendower, after a fine second round saw him extend his overnight lead to an emphatic five strokes.
The country’s leading amateur took route 66 for a one shot lead on Tuesday and maintained his irrepressible form with a 4-under-par 68 to set the midway target at 10 under par.
Desne van den Bergh and Callum Mowat and SA number two, Haydn Porteous will lead the local charge at five under while Italy’s Francesco Bolognezi will carry the international challenge.
Porteous signed for a 71 while the South Africans and Bolognezi carded 70s.
England’s Toby Tree is back in contention at four under after firing a 3-under-par 69 a week after claiming the Gauteng North Stroke Play. The Englishman shares sixth place with Lionel Weber of France, who hung on with a 73, and local golfer JD Oosthuizen, who stayed in touch with a 71.
Meanwhile Soweto Country Club’s Muzi Nethenzwi fired a 70 to claim a share of eighth with Gert Myburgh at 3 under par.
After signing for his 68, Stone spoke of his desire to capture the Strokeplay Championship.
“I want to win this title very, very much. I had a chance last year and I didn’t succeed, so this is my second shot. It’s just something I really want to achieve.”
While Stone spoke about his hopes for the week, Leonard Loxton had his own reasons to celebrate. The former professional is giving the SA Strokeplay one more shot and under the guidance of his caddie, 14-time Sunshine Tour winner Jean Hugo, shot a 73 to come in one shot under the cut to 65 and ties, set at 6 over par.
“Now the real work starts for Leonard,” said Hugo. “I’ve done my bit and got him past the cut; now the rest is up to him.”
|Andrea Bolognesi (ITA)||-5|
|Desne van den Bergh||-5|
|Lionel Weber (FRA)||-4|
|Toby Tree (ENG)||-4|