That lifted him to six-under-par for the tournament, five strokes behind the halfway target set by two-time Dimension Data Pro-Am champion Darren Fichardt who had a brilliant eight-under-par 65 on The Links by way of inspiration for the rest of the field.
“I got off to a great start with a couple of early birdies,” Georgiou. “I almost made a one on the fourth hole. The round could have been better, I made a double-bogey on the fifth. I’d made three birdies in a row, and found myself in the middle of the fifth fairway with 100 yards to the flag with a lob-wedge in my hand. I got a bit excited and I hit the bank and went into the water.”
The tournament makes very specific demands on players, with The Links, Outeniqua and Montagu being played once each ahead of the cut to 65 and ties, and then the final-round shootout takes place on Sunday on Montagu.
“Playing three different golf courses means you have to just keep going, even when things get a little tough,” said Georgiou.
“I play The Links tomorrow, and there is some weather predicted, so I’m just going to keep hitting my targets, staying focused and see what happens after three rounds and then take it from there. I like hitting it low and The Links is actually designed for that type of shot-making, so I’m looking forward to the challenge.
“I’ve shot 67 there in the past, so I have good vibes around that course and I do think it’s one of the best we have in the country. I remember a couple of years ago, George Coetzee shot a 67 there and just leap-frogged everyone. That can definitely be done. You’ve just got to hit fairways and greens, and if the putter’s on, you can go under par no matter where you play.”
After a couple of years of fairly limited time in South Africa, Georgiou is happy that his 2015 season has started out so promisingly. “I’m feeling good about my game,” he said. “It’s my sixth season as a pro, and as you go along, you take things as they come. You don’t get as up and as down and you feel more settled. So I’m really happy in my space, and I’m looking forward to playing on the Sunshine Tour for the full year, instead of going overseas as I have done in the past.”
A good day at The Links at Fancourt could be the kind of start the man who plays out of an often windy and rainy Erinvale wants.