Andrew gets going at Wild Coast

15_SUN_WIL_RD1E_WEBAndrew Georgiou took advantage of benign conditions during round one of the Sun Wild Coast Sun Challenge and shot 64 to share the early lead.

“We woke up this morning and there was not a breath of wind. I don’t think I’ve ever played the Wild Coast when it was as quiet as this, so it was great out there. I started off well and made a good putt for birdie on the first hole. It was good to see the ball go in early on, and kept it going from there,” he said.

The 29-year-old made just one bogey in the calm conditions and reached the clubhouse on six-under-par to join Desvonde Botes and Vaughn Groenewald at the top of the 132-man leaderboard.

“Bogey-free golf is what we all strive for, but one mistake out here is okay,” said Georgiou. “The good scores are out there, but the wind tends to pick up in the afternoon, so hopefully we remain ahead.”

This season he’s been in the top 10 on two occasions, most notably finishing tied for third at the Vodacom Origins of Golf at Langebaan Country Estate in June.

“We have two more rounds to go and I want to keep playing solid golf. I don’t worry about results, they’ll take care of themselves. I always seem to play my best when I stay out of my own way,” he said.

Georgiou lives in Cape Town and enjoys playing in breezy, coastal conditions. On Wednesday he held thumbs that the wind would pick up over the next two rounds.

“The hardest part is to stay patient. You need mental toughness and to stay positive when it blows. Two-iron is one of my favourite clubs in the bag and I love it on the coast, so let the wind blow!” he said.

Groenewald was able to go bogey-free around Wild Coast Sun Country Club on Wednesday and that helped the thee-time Sunshine Tour champ tie for the lead.

Botes highlighted his round with an eagle three at the par-five third hole and also signed a clean scorecard. Over the coming 36 holes he’ll look to add a 14th Sunshine Tour title to his collection.

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