21st April 2017 | Sunshine Tour
Beckley seeks improvement ahead of moving day
Sunshine Tour rookie Aubrey Beckley feels he has a real opportunity to finish among the top finishers when the season-opening 2017 Zimbabwe Open – his first professional event – concludes on Sunday.
He signed for an opening round four-under 68 at Royal Harare Golf Club on Thursday and followed that up with a two-under-par 70 on Friday to total six-under at the halfway mark of his maiden professional tournament. Following such a start in the professional game, it is not unreasonable for the 23-year old from Potchefstroom to feel he is in with a shout.
“My irons have been pretty average,” Beckley said. “I’ve been hitting them well from the tee box but I missed a couple of irons from the fairway, so I think if I can get more greens in regulation and roll the putter like I have been doing, I think there’s a low one waiting for me.”
That said, he knows now that he’s made the cut, he will need to improve some aspects of his game to finish among the best. “As I went through the first two rounds, there were a couple of decisions I made that I am not happy with and I have to go and think about those,” he said of his reworked game plan. “Hit a couple of clubs from the tee boxes and hope the putting remains the same. But other than that, it’s going to be pretty much similar.”
Having played so well in the opening round, one would assume Beckley’s nerves ahead teeing it up in his maiden professional tournament would have subsided. But that wasn’t the case. “I must say the stress was up there again this morning,” he revealed. “Knowing the guys can play out here and that any average round could still put me outside the cut… so yes, the stress was there. But as I said, I really enjoyed it and I played well.”
That decision-making aspect will have to be worked on because it is often one bad decision that will cost a golfer a championship.