15th December 2017 | Alps Tour Golf
Venter holds firm in La Cala
South Africa’s Albert Venter holds firm on top of the leaderdoard after round 2 in Alps Tour Qualifying School Final Stage. He shot 70 on Asia course to add to his opening 65. He is -8, two shots clear of France’s Paul Bariteau and England’s Jack Singh Brar.
Bariteau was the first to lead at the club house with -6 while the overnight leader was still on course.
« I am happy with my round. I managed to keep the ball in play and did not make too many mistakes. I played steady and holed a few putts. I have to admit my coach Oliver Serres was really helpful as he is on the bag this week. He helped me with a good strategy to make the birdie on the 18th for example and to play in the wind yesterday. »
Venter had a colorful round, 3 bogeys, 3 birdies and one eagle but eventually a decent score.
« I had a rough start, I dropped a shot on the 11th and the 12th but I managed to get back on 15th and 16th which helped me quite a bit. But unfortunately, I missed a couple of shots on the 17th and 18th so I turned even par. The wind started to pick up and I needed to stay focus on the wind which was interesting. I am very pleased with my round today but for tomorrow, you can not take everything for granted so I am going to play every shot as it comes. »
The cut felt at +5, 75 players were on the right side. The top 35 will get a full category, 6, to play the Alps Tour next season and the followers will have an 8 category.