Izel tied 11th with Michaela at Harder

The SA hero of round two of the Harder German Junior Masters being played at the Golfclub Gut Neuzenhof at Heddersheim, Germany was Izel Pieters. She carded a one- under par (75, 71 – 146) and is now lying tied 11th with fellow South African, Michaela Fletcher (74, 72 – 146).

WGSA President Cynthia Rayner reports: “Izel played far more solid golf today and her putting on the slow greens improved from yesterday’s six three-putts to only two today!

“She almost holed out in one on the 14th much to the excitement of her parents, Koos and Marina, who have travelled to Germany and are enjoying watching their daughter play against this strong international field with representation from 21 countries.

“Michaela felt she had missed a number of opportunities to score better, but with three birdies and three drops she still had an excellent level round. The Swedish girl, Lynn Carlsson, continues to lead the girls’ field on five- under par (70, 69 – 139).

“Lara Weinstein showed great courage after a triple drop on the par three second hole, followed by a double drop on the third. She then birdied four and steadied the ship, determined that she would break 80, which she did (79). After a visit to the driving range and the massage beds which have been provided for the players by the tournament organisers, she is feeling a lot better.

“The really sad story of the day came from one of the South African boys, Jason Viljoen from Glendower who teed off this morning happy with his first round score of 74, only to get a nasty shock when he came in and found that this had become 110!

“He had carded a 34 on the front nine, and a 40 on the back nine, and his marker wrote the nine-hole total, 40, under hole 18. He scored 75 today and showed remarkable character when told the horrible news by Robbie Stewart, who is instrumental in bringing out most of the South African boys to this tournament.”

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