James Kingston maintains lead on the second day of the SA Senior Open
PLETTENBERG BAY – James Kingston maintained his Day 1 form as he maintained the lead after the second day of the SA Senior Open.
Day 2 of the SA Senior Open teed off on a bright, crispy morning, led by overnight leader, James Kingston. The defending champion did not lift his foot off the throttle on the front 9 as he cruised his way to a 2-under back nine. He did endure a nervy back 9 after he fired in a 9 on the par 5 15th. He still managed to finish the day on 71 to head into the third day with a 5-shot lead.
Kingston added “I had a decent day up until a certain point, I was really playing nicely and got up to 4-under par with two par fives to go, and the unfortunately on the 15th I made a 9. That ruined the day and the card for me a little bit. I just had to deal with it now and go on and see what I can do tomorrow.
Doug Mcguigan retained second place although now tied with Peter Wilson, Grant Muller and Chris Williams after shooting level par for the day. Peter Wilson started the day in fine form with 3 birdies on the front 9 and 2 birdies on the back 9, with his only blemish being a bogey on the 4th.
Grant Muller managed to go one better shooting a classy 5-under. He started the day in seventh yet started strong with 2-under on the front nine. He then bogeyed the 11th but bounced right back with 4 consecutive birdies to finish the day on 5-under to move up to second overall.
2014 SA Open winner Chris Williams had the most impressive outing of the day, with a bogey free round complemented by 5 birdies to put himself into contention heading into moving day.
“Today was definitely a much better day”, Williams said. “I maintained the same game plan as yesterday, just that I felt that I chipped and putted a little better today and had very few mistakes off the tee”.
Conditions on Day 2 were much kinder to the golfers, generally described as lovely and easier, with the top 10 of the field scoring much higher than the previous day’s outing.
Day 2 sees off the last day for the amateurs, with the professional golfers describing it as a special experience playing alongside the amateurs. With Day 3 around the corner, James Kingston is the one to beat for the 2021 edition.
A competitive Day 3 awaits as the 63 man filed aims to lift the Denis Hutchinson trophy and the largest share of the R500 000 prize fund.
SA SENIOR OPEN ROUND 2 SCORES – TOP 5
-6 James Kingston 67, 71
-2 Doug Mcguigan 70, 72
-2 Peter Wilson 74, 68
-2 Chris Williams 75, 67
-2 Grant Muller 75, 67
About the Sunshine Senior Tour
The Sunshine Senior Tour is a partnership between the SA Senior Tour and the Sunshine Tour under a license agreement for professional members aged 50 and older in South Africa. The tour structure aims to provide a competitive tournament schedule to accommodate the membership and grow senior professional golf in SA.