In four years of Big Easy Tournaments at Houghton Golf Club 63 had never been carded, but that changed on Tuesday when Andrew Light shot nine-under-par and went on to lead day one of the fourth edition of Big Easy Houghton.
“It was nothing crazy today, but I managed to really hit it close a lot of the time. No long putts or special shots, just a really solid round of golf,” he said.
The Jack Nicklaus-designed course has sectional greens that demand accuracy and, while Justin Levy shot an impressive 66 to hold second place, Tuesday was all about Light.
The 22-year-old rookie turned professional after a successful trip to Sunshine Tour Qualifying School in January, but his swing faded during the opening months of the year. The Big Easy Tour aims to help struggling professionals to develop their game and Light is using this week’s tournament for exactly that.
“I was struggling after QSchool and hitting it badly, but I went home for a while and saw my coach and we both think the problem has been figured out. Obviously, we’ve only played one round of golf so far, but my swing certainly feels correct now,” he said.
Light plays out of Mossel Bay Golf Club, which is also the home of Louis Oosthuizen. It was no surprise that the Big Easy Tour’s newest star considered King Louis after his round on Tuesday.
“Louis is a talented player, in my opinion he’s the most talented player in the world. I played with him once before when I was much younger, and now I’d like to play against him sometime,” he said.
For the moment, however, Light has the task of winning at Houghton. He’s three shots clear and back in form, but leading is unchartered territory.
“I had a look at the scoreboard,” he said. “I can see it’s a three-horse race unless someone does something very special. I’m pretty excited to be up there, because it’s only the beginning of my career and I’m keen to see how I handle it. Either way it turns out, it’s good to get into that position.”