Gert finds game at Lost City

Gert Myburgh has been waiting for his game to click since the beginning of the year, and when it finally came together on Wednesday he shot a leading 66 during round one of the Sun City Challenge.

 

“I’ve been working on my consistency with irons lately and I found something today and stuck with it. I’ve felt ready for the last six months, but my iron play was letting me down. Now that it’s all come together I definitely think something is going to happen,” he said.

 

The Lost City Golf Course was in prime condition and that allowed the 26-year-old to stick it close and make seven birdies on day one. An unfortunate bogey at the last was the only blemish on his card, but he none-the-less took a two shot lead over the morning field.

 

“The course is playing quite soft and there is not too much run. It’s really nice and green out there and I was hitting them close, so I didn’t really have difficult putts to sink. That made it easier to go for it,” he said.

 

Wednesday at Sun City was warm and sunny with a light breeze. It made for an enjoyable round of golf, but for the Kempton Park local the real delight started with a birdie at the first. He went on to turn in 33, courtesy of further birdies at the fourth and ninth.

 

The second nine looked even better when Myburgh carded red numbers at the 10th and 11th. Another two birdies, which came at the 14th and 15th, signalled a seriously low round until his disappointing drop at the last ended the fiery run.

 

The Centurion Country Club member had to pre-qualify for the R600,000 tournament, which made his hot start that much more satisfying.

 

“I didn’t have to pre-qualify for this event last year, but I’m glad I could make it through this time around and then come out here today and go low. It’s so much better to not be chasing it, so I’ll just try to keep on doing what I did today and see where it takes me,” he said.

 

Lindani Ndwandwe shot 68 to take up second place alongside young star Haydn Porteous, while PH McIntyre and Louis de Jager shared fourth on three-under-par.

 

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