The swirling winds tested the players in the morning, however the afternoon conditions were still challenging.
“I didn’t really expect it to be honest. Obviously with the course tough and it being windy on the front-nine – I played nicely on the front nine – I didn’t expect it at all. It was lots of fun. It was fun to play golf again,” said Blaauw.
Speaking about the gusty conditions at Nchanga golf Club in Chingola, Blaauw highlighted the difficulty in judging the wind.
“It was a one-and-half to two club wind on some holes but it swirls quite a bit. On the par-three’s you feel the wind into you and then all of a sudden on your next shot it’s down wind. So it was really tricky,” explained Blaauw.
Ferreria, who gave Blaauw a putter to test out for the week, found it amusing when he head he and Blaauw had topped the leaderbaord.
“I brought four putters down here. I brought two for Mark Williams and Jacques took my other one. We’re all doing quite well. I just brought them down for them and wasn’t planning on using them,” said Ferreria, jokingly.
“I’m obviously quite happy that he gave me the putter to use so I’m really chuffed,” said Blaauw.
Ferreira, who carded the only bogey-free round of the day, has adopted a new game plan heading into the week.
“I’m not even worrying about what I’m shooting. I’m just going to play my game and carry on. The more you worry the worse you play. If you’re stressing over a shot you’re not going to play well,” he explained.
“Yeah it was nice. I like the course because you’ve got to shape it a lot and I hit the ball really well today and also putted well. Everything really came together.,” said Ferreira.
Thanda Mavundla occupies third place on his own on six-under-par, while Mark Williams and Makhetha Mazibuko lurk two shots back of the lead on five-under-par.