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Homann hits the front at Vaal de Grace

16 May 2012

Neil Homann leads by a stroke from Tyrol Auret after the second of the SA Mid-Amateur Stroke Play, sponsored by Volvo, at Vaal de Grace

Former professional Neil Homann will take a slender one shot lead into the third round of the SA Mid-Amateur Stroke Play, sponsored by Volvo after overtaking first round leader Charl van Heyningen in today’s second round at Vaal de Grace.

The 42-year-old Randpark golfer opened with a two-under-par 70 and navigated the Nick Price layout on the banks of the Vaal River with 71 shots to set the halfway mark to three under 141.

Tyron Auret, another former professional playing out of Ebotse, moved into second on two under with rounds of 74 and 68.

Overnight leader Van Heyningen began the day two shots clear of Homann, but a 75 dropped the Irene golfer into a tie for third with State Mines’ Jan Delport, who returned 71.

Jan Kemp Golf Club’s Josef Fourie, yet another golfer who honed his craft on the Sunshine Tour, moved to fifth on his own after two successive 72s.

Homann played his round in loops of 36 and 35 with a birdie and bogey apiece in his outward nine and a flawless back nine with a lone birdie at the par five fifth. Although he was relatively accurate from tee to green, he said keeping the bogeys to a minimum was key to his round.

“The greens at Vaal de Grace are quite tricky because they have different levels and you have to be accurate with your approaches,” he said. “We had some ice this morning and I suspect they cut the greens longer than the first day. They are spinning and it was hard to get to the pins.

“I had eight decent chances, but I left a few short. The greens were definitely slower and I struggled to find some decent pace. It was quite a frustrating round and the putting tested my patience out there.”

Homann expects his lead to be challenged in the third round.

“I will need to minimize my mistakes because I’m not finding as many birdies as someone like Tyrol, who is a very powerful player and showed that he can definitely go low around this track,” Homann said.

Leading second round scores:

141  Neil Homann (Randpark GGC,  CG) 70 71 

142  Tyrol Auret (Ebotse GCE, EKU) 74 68 

143  Jan Delport (State Mines CC,  EKU) 72 71; Charl van Heyningen (Irene CC,  GN) 68 75 

144  Josef Fourie (Jan Kemp GC, FS&NC) 72 72; John Kew (East London GC, BOR) 76 69 

145  Alexander Cooper (Wingate Park CC, GN) 72 73; Jaco Rall (Ebotse GCE, EKU) 70 75 

147  Jauqo Jacobs (Zwartkop CC, GN) 78 69; Hendrik Burger (Bloemfontein GC, FS&NC) 76 71; Andre van Dyk (Langebaan GSC, BOL) 75 72; Lawrence Joubert (Pollak Park GC, EKU) 74 73; Graeme Watson (Serengeti GWE, EKU) 73 74; Craig Bell (Kempton Park CC, EKU) 72 75 

148  Kevin Sharp (Glendower GC, CG) 75 73; Rod Tiley (Woodhill CC, GN) 75 73; Greg Sheard (De Zalze GC, WP) 74 74; Craig Roberts (Ebotse GCE, EKU) 73 75

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