12th October 2017 | Sunshine Tour
Hot putter hands Du Plessis Sishen lead
Hennie du Plessis felt his putting game was on song as he signed for a low six-under-par 66 opening round of the Vodacom Origins of Golf at Sishen Golf Club to sit at the top of the leaderboard on Thursday.
“My putting, I have been holing a lot of good putts,” he said. “My iron play too, I mean, all around it’s been very good. Today I started very well with the eagle on the second hole and I just kept the momentum going.”
In a hot afternoon in Northern Cape, Du Plessis wasted no time in getting his round going as he made that eagle on the par-five second hole, and followed it up with birdies on six and nine. He did well on the homeward stretch to keep bogeys off his card as he made further gains with birdies on 12, 14 and 15 to usurp early pace-setters Aubrey Beckley, Jonathan Agren, Desne van den Berg and defending champion Jacques Blaauw.
“I did a little bit of everything,” he said of the types of shots he played in round one at Sishen. “If there were a few attacking holes, you can hit a driver. Tight holes; two-irons, three-woods, so yeah, a little bit of everything.”
Ruan de Smidt had his brother, Darin, on the bag and that chemistry proved fruitful as he romped to a five-under 65 opening round and take second spot. He, too, was on course to producing a flawless round until he dropped a shot on 10.
Sharing the third spot were Beckley, Agren, Van Den Berg and Blaauw who was making his first start of the season on the local circuit. They were tied at four-under 68. While Blaauw has not been having the greatest of seasons out on the Web.com Tour, he seemed to enjoy himself in Kathu and the type of golf he played on Thursday was evidence of this.
“It’s always nice to be back here,” Blaauw said. “I mean, 12 months ago it was good fun out here and I can’t believe the year’s gone by so quickly. I’m feeling comfortable on this golf course and playing with your friends, it’s just awesome.”
Matthew Spacey, Tyrone Ferreira, Irvin Mazibuko, Martin Rohwer and Jaco Prinsloo all signed for three-under-par 69 and shared the seventh spot on the leaderboard.
With the weather forecast predicting more hot days in the Northern Cape, the second round will be a real test to all the players and it will take character and some really good golf for any of them to emerge victorious on the weekend.