19th May 2017 | Sunshine Tour
Driver-less Bruiners shoots 66 at Lombard
Between cracking his driver and food poisoning which kept him from practicing on the eve of this week’s Lombard Insurance Classic, Heinrich Bruiners proved to be a tough customer as he beat those odds to sign for six-under-par 66 on opening day at Royal Swazi Spa Country Club.
He cracked his driver on the third hole and played the remaining holes with a three-wood, but that was not going to stop Bruiners as he found more than enough fairways to set himself up for opportunities in Swaziland. And, the cracked driver didn’t seem to matter much, as the member of the Gary Player Class of 2017-18 made pars on both four and five before making three birdies on six, seven and nine.
“I’m very happy. I played with JJ (Senekal) today and we had so much fun; it’s always nice playing with him,” said Bruiners, “but, I think six under with using only a three-wood is not too bad and I will take it for the day.
“I was in bed the whole day yesterday so I didn’t have a practice round. I had a food poisoning. My stomach was on fire, so I only played on Wednesday and today I took as it came.”
He carried that momentum from the front onto the back nine where four more birdies made it on to his scorecard before an unwanted bogey on the par-five 17 spoiled what would have been a flawless round for Bruiners.
“On 17, I had to hit a long iron in and I just hit it to the water and I was a bit upset about that,” he said of the bogey. That round leaves Bruiners in a share of third for now and makes him the highest finisher among the Gary Player Class of 2017-18 squad members on day one. Keenan Davidse shot three-under 69 while Makhetha Mazibuko shot 70 in the first round.