6th March 2018 | Sunshine Tour
Carvell, Rowe card 61 to co-lead at Steyn City
Matthew Carvell and Lyle Rowe carded a second round (greensomes) 11-under 61 to catapult themselves into a share of the lead after day one of the Steyn City Team Championship.
Day one saw the pros play a total of 36 holes with foursomes in the morning and greensomes in the afternoon, and, the pairing showed their class in a strong 96-man field.
“It was a bit unexpected. On the first nine, we got hot there and it literally felt like a blur. We got to seven-under after eight holes and we made a good par on 18 (their ninth hole of the round) and just tried to keep it going,” explained Carvell.
The greensomes format sees the pros choose the best of the two tee shots and it allowed for some attacking paly on the Steyn City layout.
“It’s nice to know that once Lyle gets in play, I can have a bash. From there, Lyle’s generally a better iron player so he would take my tee shot and it just worked out,” Carvell added.
Neil Schietekat and Colin Nel share the lead on 13-under after the day’s play and Schietekat was only smiles after 36 holes alongside his good friend.
“We’re definitely having a lot of fun,” said Schietekat. “We’ve been playing together since we were in standard five, so we kind of know each others game. He’s a good putter and I’m a good iron player and we worked it out who should be hitting into the greens and who should be putting.”
Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Kyle McClatchie fired to a total of 12-under-par to sit just one back of the leaders.
“We played really solidly out there today,” said McClatchie of the 65 he and Bezuidenhout fired together in the morning foursomes. “We made tons of birdies, we finished really nicely too, so we’re chuffed with what we’ve done so far.”
Alongside Bezuidenhout and McClatchie on 12-under are Hennie du Plessis and Jean Hugo as well as the English pairing of Ross McGowan and Toby Tree.
With a standard betterball format on the cards for tomorrow, there’s bound to be some low scoring around Steyn City to determine the inaugural Steyn City Team Championship.