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Davidowitz rises to lead share in Benoni

Hermanus’ Tyron Davidowitz played himself into contention at this week’s Betway Big Easy Tour event, producing a disciplined two-under-par 70 for a total of six under for the week and putting himself into a three-way tie positioned for the lead ahead of the final round at Benoni Country Club.

He made 13 pars, four birdies and a double on Wednesday on his way to the top of the leaderboard.

“It was a good one,” Davidowitz noted. “I started on the 10th; birded it in the cold. I had the ball on the string, but couldn’t make any putts. I hit it to maybe four feet on 18 for Eagle, but I missed the putt, which was a little embarrassing. Then I lost some momentum there and made par on the first hole, the par five.

“I hit one bad shot out of three; it put me in a tough position and I walked out of there with a double bogey and then I made the last birdie to make lunch taste a little better. But overall it was a good day. The greens were still fast and firm, so it wasn’t a bad day at all.”

The lead is shared with Davidowitz by the duo Brandon Gildenhuys and night leader Martin Vorster. The latter worked to a one-under 71 to consolidate his place at the top of the leaderboard, while the former produced a second consecutive 69 to claim his place at the top.

“I’m really looking forward to tomorrow,” admitted Gildenhuys, who plays at Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate in Ekurhuleni. “It’s the first time I’ve had to play in the last group in a Betway Big Easy Tour tournament, so it will be a new challenge for me. It’ll be good to see how my nerves hold up, but other than that I’m excited for tomorrow. We take it as it comes.”

Gildenhuys’ round of 69 featured six birdies and three drop shots

“I know it sounds cliché, but for someone who has never been in this position before in this Tour, you have to take things step by step,” Gildenhuys added. “At the end of the day, we’re just playing golf; the sport we love, so it’s all good. The pressure is always there, but you try to focus on what is important at that moment.

“Towards the end of today’s round it started to get cold and towards the end it became difficult to make birdies. But, I got off to a really good start today; I drove it fantastic again and made a few good putts.”

Bryanston Country Club’s Jaden Deltel made the most of Wednesday’s moving day, whose five-under-par 67 on day two catapulted him into solo fourth at five under. In fifth place at four under is the duo of Tyrone Ryan and Papwa Sewgolum Class member Yurav Premlal. Slade Pickering, Sentanio Minnie and Kyle McClatchie are one shot ahead and share seventh place on the rankings.

SCORES:

138 – Tyron Davidowitz 68 70, Leon Vorster 67 71, Brandon Gildenhuys 69 69

139 – Jaden Deltel 72 67

140 – Tyrone Ryan 70 70, Yurav Premlall 70 70

141 – Slade Pickering 72 69, Kyle McClatchie 71 70, Sentanio Minnie 72 69

142 – Toto Thimba Jnr 70 72, Andrew McLardy 72 70, Luke Mayo 75 67

143 – Ryan gives tip 71 72

144 – Jastice Mashego 74 70, Gerhard Trytsman 68 76, Joe Knox 73 71, Jonathan Waschefort 72 72, Jacquin Hess 73 71

145 – Dillon Germshuys 73 72, Thabang Simon 70 75, Marcel Steyn Scholtz 71 74, Musiwalo Nethunzwi 69 76, Vaughn van Deventer 74 71, Trevor Mahoney 72 73, Eugene Du Plessis 69 76, Warwick Purchase 75 70

146 – Kayle Wykes 72 74, Andre De Decker 71 75, Eric Wowor 74 72, Amilkar Bhana 72 74, Terence Boardman 72 74, Werner Deyzel 75 71, Allister de Kock 72 74

Missed the cut:-

147 – Christian Kriek 72 75, David Amm 75 72, Nicholas Lewis 71 76, Keelan van Wyk 73 74, Sean Paxton 77 70, Gerard du Plooy 76 71, Jason Froneman 74 73, Philip Geerts 72 75

148 – Therion Nel 75 73, Graham van der Merwe 74 74, Erhard Lambrechts 73 75, Louis Liebenberg 75 73

149 – Slenda Sithebe 80 69, Makhetha Mazibuko 74 75, Luke Trocado 75 74, Irvin Mazibuko 68 81, Sabelo Xolani Majola 71 78, Johnathan Ackerman 73 76, Andre Van Dyk 72 77, Xander Basson 74 75, Paul Boshoff 71 78, Drikus Joubert 71 78

150 – Siyanda Mwandla 75 75, Teboho Sefatsa 76 74, Lyle Pedro 74 76, Steven Le Roux 73 77, Keagan Crosbie 76 74, Karabo Mokoena 73 77

151 – Eben Spangenberg 78 73, Christopher Long 73 78, Regan Steyn 73 78, Brandon Pieters 71 80, Ruan de Smidt 77 74, Thabiso Ngcobo 75 76

152 – Francois Van der Walt 80 72, Matthew Rushton 81 71, Richard Joubert 76 76, Carlo Heunis 78 74, Henning du Plooy 74 78

153 – Mike Maile 72 81, Reece Mc Kain 75 78, CJ Levey 78 75, James Pennington 73 80, Khanya Mkhize 78 75, Janko van der Merwe 77 76

154 – Letsoso Letsai 79 75, Michael Kok 75 79, Shalan Govender 75 79, Umar Davids 77 77, Nicholaus Frade 76 78

155 -Jabulane Mabilane 77 78, Dehan Joubert 79 76, Jonathan Williams 76 79

156 – Chase Paton 80 76, Thanda Mavundla 78 78, Mutahi Kibugu 83 73, Richard Kruger 70 86

157 -Leon Visser 74 83, Kael Strydom 80 77

158 – Shaydon Johnson 75 83, Aneurin Gounden 79 79

159 – Carlos Losper 80 79, Keelan Africa 79 80

160 – Tumelo Molloyi 81 79, Hayden Garcia 80 80

161 – Ricco Motsa 81 80

164 – Jarryd Govender 84 80

165 – Mark March 79 86

166 -Lincon Denzy Cele 85 81

169 – Ace Andile Adam 79 90

WDN – Christiaan Heyman 82 WDN, Brandon Moodley 87 WDN, Llewellyn Leibrandt RTD RTD, Ulrich van den Berg RTD RTD, Sipho Bujela DSQ DSQ