1st March 2016 | IGT Challenge Tour

Beggs and Agren fly at GMC Doubles

ZwartkopDay2 (50)(Photo – Norman Beggs and Johnathan Agren; credit CJ du Plooy)

TSHWANE, 1 March 2016 – Norman Beggs and his Swedish partner Johnathan Agren birdied the last three holes at Zwartkop Country Club to take the second round lead in the IGT Tour’s GMC Doubles on Wednesday.

The pair blazed the front nine in 30 strokes and reeled in four gains on the back nine for a 10 under 61 to surge to a one stroke lead on 20 under par.

“Johnathan and I made six birdies on the front nine and we saw the leading score was 19 under when we turned, so we set ourselves a target of 20 under,” Beggs said.

“The back nine definitely plays a little tougher, but we were determined to take advantage of the par fives at 16 and 18, and managed to pick up another pair of birdies at 13 and 17. Johnathan made most of the birdies in the first round and today I holed everything I looked at.

“It’s a great format and such a nice change of pace. You always have one guy who can go for broke off the tee and Johnathan and I dovetailed really well in both rounds.

“Our game plan for the final round is to start as hot as possible. The par fours and par threes are a little shorter on the front nine, so you really have to make your move in the first nine holes. We have a bunch of guys chasing our tail, so we need to fire from the get-go.”

Sunshine Tour rookie Agren agreed.

“If we want to take this, we’ll need to almost birdie every hole on the front nine to put some distance between us and the chasing park. But you can do it on the first nine holes, and then you just need to keep that momentum going.”

GFG Academy duo Russel Franz and Hennie du Plessis, who held a share of the two-way tie in round one, combined for a 63 to slip into joint second.

The pair tied with Anton Haig and Justin Turner, who eagled both par fives down the straight for a blistering 60, while Jaco Prinsloo and JC Ritchie carded a 62 to join the chase at 19 under.

Joint overnight leaders Danie van Tonder and Jared Harvey lag a further shot back alongside international pair Antonio Rosado from Portugal and England’s David Ashley.

Van Tonder and Harvey posted a 64, while Rosado and Ashley returned a 63.

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