Wednesday, February 04, 2015



 Bearsden's Ewen Ferguson dropped out of the lead but is lying a close-up third at the halfway stage of the South African men's stroke-play championship at Port Elizabeth Golf club. Ferguson has had rounds of 65 and 71 for six-under 136. 
He has been overtaken by South Africans Luke Trocado and Rupert Kaminsky who are sharing the lead on 135.
 Ferguson stretched his overnight lead to two shots on the outward half but three bogeys in four holes on the back nine cost him the pole position.
 “My ball striking was as good as the first round, but the putter was just really streaky,” said the 18-year-old Glasgow golfer. 
“I made it look easy in the first round, but really struggled to hole them today. Still, two rounds to go, so I’m not complaining.”
 Craig Ross (Kirkhill) has had a pair of 70s for joint eighth place on 140. 
Drumoig's Connor Syme and Daniel Young (Craigie Hill) are sharing 17th place on 142. Syme repeated his opening 71 while Young slipped from a 69 to a 73. 
Scott Gibson is sharing 35tth place after roudns of 70 and 74 for 144. St Andrews' made the cut on the limit mark of 147 by adding a 73 to his first-day 74. 
The only Scot now reduced to a spectator's role - although he will probably caddie for one the Scotland squad - is Greig Marchbank (Thornhill). He missed out by four with scores of 77 and 74 for 151. 
Par 144 (2x72) Players from S Africa unless stated
135 L Trocado 69 66; R Kaminski 68 67
136 E Ferguson (Sco) 65 71
137 U Coussaud (Fra) 66 71
138 K  Barker 69 69
139 D Naidoo 69 70; G Moynihan (Ire)  68
140 A Scholtz 73 67; J Weon Ko (Fra) 71 69; C  Ross (Sco) 70 70; F Kana 69 71; J Germishuys 69 71; Ian Snyman 68 72

142 C Syme (Sco) 71 71, D Young (Sco) 69 73, C Sharvin (Ire) 68 74, G Hurley (Ire) 70 71 (T17).
143 J Hume (Ire) 72 71 (T27)
144 D McElroy (Ire) 72 72, S Gibson (Sco) 70 74 (T35)
145 R Dawson (Ire) 73 72 (T46)
147 R Bridges (Ire) 78 69, B Kinsley (Sco) 74 73 (T65)

MISSED CUT (147 and better qualified)
150 J Galbraith (Ire) 81 69.
151 C Campbell (Ire) 77 74, G Marchbank (Sco) 77 74.



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