Abery a confident master of Wild Coast

Warren Abery would be very happy if his new sponsor, the earth moving specialists Bell Equipment, could move the Wild Coast Sun Country Club course anywhere in the country.

The defending Nashua Masters champion –he has won the title twice – said as he prepared to defend his title on Thursday, “There isn’t a hole on the course I don’t like.”

The young Abery played his first full round of golf at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club and has continued to relish the course throughout his professional career. “I’m confident because I love the course and I always putt well on the greens. I can read the grain and nap and tell which way the ball will roll,” he said.

The 38-year-old also expressed his affection for the tournament sponsor: “Nashua has been one of those sponsors – I have won three titles from them,” said Abery, who also took a win at the Nashua Golf Challenge in 2007.

He struggled around the Glendower Golf Club course last week to finished outside the money at the BMG Classic, but explained the result by saying, “I had a good run up till BMG. I love Glendower, but it doesn’t suit my game.”

And a good run is correct – Abery is 22nd on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit after peppering the last two months with three top-10 finishes.

In September he took a share of sixth at the Platinum Classic before heading to the KCM Zambia Open in early October, where he finished tied eighth.

And Abery proved that KwaZulu Natal conditions suit him when he took a share of third at the Suncoast Classic at Durban Country Club a fortnight ago.

He pointed out his preference for tough weather at the Wild Coast, saying “It’s always a good thing if the wind blows for me; every year it tends to blow here and the course is built for wind. I am a strong iron player and the six par-threes suit my game,” he said.

The figures speak for themselves – two of his six career victories have come at the Nashua Masters and the confidence he displays is not unfounded.

Abery returns to the Wild Coast having ticked nearly all of the boxes for success, which makes him an intimidating champion.

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