He stood on the first tee wishing he was somewhere else, but Andrew Curlewis carded a one-under-par 71 in the cold, rain and blustery winds in the first round of the R600,000 Vodacom Origins of Golf event at Langebaan Country Estate.
And while it might not seem like a particularly good score, it was enough to have him tucked nicely in second place behind early leader Heinrich Bruiners who carded a two-under-par 70, and a stroke ahead of rookie Torben Baumann, Vaughn Groenewald and the man who won last year’s Vodacom Origins of Golf event in the Western Cape, Allan Versfeld.
“I actually didn’t want to tee off,” said a windswept Curlewis as he came off the 18th, “but I’m very happy with one-under in those circumstances.”
He plodded his way through the weather for the opening nine, making par every step of the way, and, after two more pars on 10 and 11, he made his first birdie of the day on the 12th.
He held on to the slight advantage that gave him until the 17th, where he gave the shot back with a bogey on 330-metre par-four. But he regained it with a closing birdie on 18, the 439-metre par-five.
Bruiners had more bogeys on his card, making three on five, seven and 16, but he countered those drops with five birdies in a round which gave even more credibility to his maiden professional victory two weeks ago in the Vodacom Origins of Golf event at Euphoria.
Versfeld, who has had a quiet 2013, started poorly with a double-bogey five on the 196-metre third, but he pulled back to level par with an eagle three on the long eighth. Two bogeys and two birdies on his closing nine saw him finish level for the opening round.
Like Curlewis, he will feel that his score – while hardly a world-beater – might be a good one in the circumstances.