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Stapleton steers clear at SA Mid-Am Champs

05 May 2016

2016 SA Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship leader Shaun Stapleton; credit Ernest Blignault.

It’s moving day at the SA Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship and Shaun Stapleton will have his job cut out to stave off an assault from defending champion Gerlou Roux and Ryan Dreyer at Silver Lakes Country Club.

Stapleton began Wednesday’s second round in a three-way tie for the lead on four under with Roux from Bellville Golf Club and Akasia’s Robert Gouws.

The software designer from Wanderers Golf Club mixed bogeys at four and 17 with birdies at seven, eight and 10 for a one-under-par 71 that will see Stapleton start the third round with a two shot advantage on five under 139.

Roux kept pace with Stapleton, but the country’s number one ranked player spoiled a solid round with a bogey-bogey finish to drop two shots off the pace with a 73.

Former Sanlam SA Amateur champion Dreyer notched birdies at two, seven and 15 to offset a lone drop at 13 for a two under 70 and a share of second on 141.

Elton James from Westlake followed an opening 69 with a 73 to finish three shots behind Stapleton, while Gouws dropped to fifth after posting a 75.

139 Shaun Stapleton 68 71
141 Ryan Dreyer 71 70; Gerlou Roux 68 73
142 Elton James 69 73
143 Robert Gouws 68 75
146 Jannie Bronkhorst 74 72; David Muller 72 74; Josef Fourie 70 76
147 Johann Nel 75 72; Sean Olfsen 74 73; Danie Viljoen 72 75
149 Craig Collins 75 74; Pieter Cooper 75 74; Gustav Verster 73 76; Kalvin Parsons 71 78
150 Dylan Keylock 76 74; Donovan Pearse 75 75; Jan Delport 71 79
151 Stefan Blommaert 77 74; Menno Malherbe 76 75; Alex van Heerden 75 76; Neil Rathmann 74 77; Cameron Johnston 70 81 

Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of the South African Golf Association.



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