A wayward drive at the first hole would signal the start of Burmester’s trouble and he went on to double bogey the first and fourth holes, but it was not over for the two-time Sunshine Tour champion.
“On the first hole I hit it right of the fairway and had a lost ball. I made six there, but it felt like I was hitting it well. I was three-over through five holes and told myself to stay in it,” he said.
The 25-year-old put his head down in the wind and began to grind out the pars until a birdie eventually came at the seventh. That success helped him to regroup and he headed into the back stretch at two-over-par.
“I knew that even if I went level from there onward then I would be two-over for the day, which was a good score in these conditions. I only had 13 putts on the back nine and managed to get the driver in play, which was nice,” he said.
He took advantage of the par-five 11th and made birdie, but was immediately set back to two-over when he dropped a shot at the 12th. That would be his last mistake of the day.
The Bloemfontein local hit it stiff at the par-three 14th and began a streak of good play that included birdies at the 16th and 17th. Burmester finished the day in a share of fourth place and felt ready for anything after his recovery on day one.
He heads into the second round on one-under-par and three strokes shy of leader Roberto Lupini.
“It’s really nice to make that comeback and I’m kicking on. Four-under is an unbelievable score around here today, so Robbie Lupini must have played out of his boots. Hopefully we can catch him through the week,” he said.