Bold front nine secures lead for Wynand

Wynand Dingle’s six birdies led to a card of four-under-par at Benoni Country Club on Thursday in round one of the R100,000 Sunshine Big Easy Tour event presented by Stonehage.

Dingle began to charge on the front nine, but two bogeys just before the turn forced him to change pace, and he calmed his game to finish the back nine without a further dropped shot.

The day began with a kick-start when Dingle birdied the first hole, a 520-metre par-five.

A further birdie on the par-three third really got the ball rolling as Dingle moved to two-under. “I hit a couple of good shots in the beginning, and from there you can build on a good start,” said Dingle.

The Pecanwood Golf Estate professional would ride his momentum through a rough patch caused by two dropped shots during the final four holes of his front nine.

A bogey on the sixth would be his first dropped shot. “I didn’t hit a great tee shot,” said Dingle.

But he recovered the stroke on the next hole when he made birdie on the 448-metre par-four. “You really need to read the greens to score well,” said Dingle.

Dingle carded a second bogey on the eighth, but again recovered immediately when he birdied the ninth, and thus headed to the back nine at two-under.

The 26-year-old Dingle did well to relax, carding three pars from the 10th to the 12th before making birdie on the par-four 13th.

A final birdie on the 17th would take Dingle to a one shot lead over Vaughn Groenewald, Attie Schwartzel, Lyle Rowe and Jake Redman in day one of the tournament. “I didn’t hit safe at all today, the shots just came easily,” said Dingle.

Conditions are due to remain clear and sunny at Benoni Country Club tomorrow, and should Dingle maintain the groove he found today, contenders will be hard pressed to match him.

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