Connor Syme reached Daniel Brown at the top

Just minutes ago, the third round of the SDC Championship 2024 concluded at St. Francis Links in the Eastern Cape

by Andrea Gussoni
Connor Syme reached Daniel Brown at the top
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Just minutes ago, the third round of the SDC Championship 2024 concluded at St. Francis Links in the Eastern Cape. Englishman Daniel Brown maintains his lead at -11, but he's no longer alone at the top as Scottish golfer Connor Syme joins him, thanks to an impressive -5 round that boosts his ambitions along with a five-position climb.

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In third place are South African Robin Williams, American James Nicholas, and Englishman Andy Sullivan (who achieved not one but two eagles), all tied at -9, with Sullivan being the most favored among the trio.

Behind them by a stroke are Frenchman David Ravetto and another American, Jordan Gumberg. Solo in eighth place is German Nick Bachem at -7, while tied for ninth at -6 are Francesco Laporta, who maintains consistent performance (finishing today and yesterday at -1), along with South African Jbe Kruger, Northern Irishman Tom McKibbin, Spaniard Adri Arnaus, and Englishman Marcus Armitage.

Matteo Manassero, on the other hand, delivered a relatively average performance compared to the first two days, sitting at even par and starting the final round in 32nd place. Lorenzo Scalise struggled with a +2 round, bringing his total to +2 as well, placing him 48th currently.

St. Francis Bay (Afrikaans: St. Francisbaai) is a picturesque holiday town situated in the Sarah Baartman District Municipality within South Africa's Eastern Cape province, approximately an hour's drive from Gqeberha. The town faced a significant setback on November 11, 2012, when a fire ravaged 76 homes, nearly all of which had thatched roofs.

Architecturally, the village area of St. Francis Bay showcases charming white-painted houses with predominantly thatched roofs, positioned along the canals or adjacent to the golf course. Alternatively, in Santareme and Port St.

Francis, a Mediterranean architectural style prevails. The Kromme River, navigable for 14 kilometers upstream, connects to the St. Francis canal system. Wildlife enthusiasts visiting the area are treated to sightings of whales between May and late October, while dolphins grace the bay daily during their migrations between Cape St.

Francis and Jeffrey’s Bay. The Cape clawless otter is a common sight, often seen playing in the waves and rock pools around Port St. Francis and Otters Landing. Birdwatchers will delight in the diverse avian population, with over 200 species recorded, including the rare African oystercatcher and fish eagle.

Port St. Francis boasts both commercial and recreational harbor facilities, catering to the needs of the squid industry's freezing vessels and providing a quaint harbor resort village. It offers secure anchorage for boats, pleasure craft, and ocean-going yachts.

Nearby, St. Francis Field serves as an airpark for those arriving by air. Adjacent to St. Francis Bay lies Cape St. Francis, a rustic fishing village renowned for surfing at Seal Point, its pristine beachfront, and the historic lighthouse constructed in 1878.

Scenic walking trails wind along the rocky coastline, through the Irma Booysen Floral Reserve, and around Cape St. Francis point, connecting it to St. Francis Bay. Cape St. Francis sits a mere 8 kilometers from Thyspunt, previously earmarked as the site for South Africa's next nuclear power station. Sea Vista township accommodates the majority of the area's black African and colored population.