14th June 2017 | Big Easy Tour
Elson takes moving day lead at CCJ
Englandâ€™s Jamie Elson carded a second round five-under 67 to total nine-under and take a one-shot lead in the Joburg City Masters at Country Club Johannesburg on Wednesday.
He came into the second round tied at four-under with six other players, and two strokes back of the leading Jacquin Hess. He opened the round with a pair of pars and then made three birdies and a bogey on his front nine. The Englishman made a bogey, two birdies and an eagle on his homeward stretch. That display was enough for him to climb up the leaderboard on moving day.
â€œI played really solidly the past two days,â€ Elson said, â€œand Iâ€™m really confident with my iron-game. I got some really good yardages today and managed to hit some pretty close. Itâ€™s just a question of getting it in on the green, you know.â€
And, coming from the UK and from a three-week stretch in Thailand, Elson had more than just the strong field assembled in Johannesburg, to contend with. â€œThe main thing is just working out the altitude,â€ he said of what he needs to work on going forward. â€œYou know, coming from the UK, the ball is flying, I would say, five percent further in the winter time here. I have been to Joâ€™burg before in the summer time but it was about 10 percent further. So I have got a little conversion thing in my bag thatâ€™s been helping me out and itâ€™s been working very well.â€
Also shooting 67 was the duo of Jaco Prinsloo and Maritz Wessels. Prinsloo moved into second position on eight-under while Wessels takes third at seven-under for the tournament. Francois Coetzee, Jason Smith and Botswanaâ€™s Stuart Smith share fourth on six under-par. Six players, including veteran Omar Sandys, last weekâ€™s winner at Ebotse Breyten Meyer and Sean Bradley, are tied at five-under and share seventh spot.
Morne Buys, overnight leaders, Jacquin Hess and Swedenâ€™s Henric Sturehed are all tied at four-under-par.