Alan Michell carded level-par at The Links at Fancourt during round one of the Dimension Data Pro-Am, but still caught a big number or two around the tough par-73 layout.
ÂIt was nice to get out with no wind in the morning. If you start on The Links you can always bomb out and then your week is messed up. IÂve played here a lot and IÂm happy with todayÂs result,Â he said.
The Sunshine Tour PlayersÂ Committee leader keep the momentum going as the breeze picked up and set up a good foundation for the R3,75-million tournament, which plays out over the Montagu, Outeniqua and Links courses.
Level par at The Links is always alright, even though I made a seven, a six and a five from the fairway. I hit the ball decently, but if you miss a shot like I did on nine then all-of-a-sudden you make seven.
As expected, scoring was difficult at The Links, especially once the breeze started to blow through.
The course punishes any mistake, and Michell felt that effect at the par-five ninth, where a wayward six-iron lead to a double-bogey seven.
He managed to contend with the course in spite of a few bogeys and came away with a respectable result of level par. Now for Montagu and Outeniqua.
ÂThere are three strong courses here. Montagu and Outeniqua are tough, and each course has itÂs day. IÂve played here plenty, and itÂs always an enjoyable time Â nice courses, good greens, nice company,Â he said.