Jean Hugo cast his eye over the early first-round leaderboard at the R800,000 BMG Classic being played at Glendower Golf Club and was happy enough he couldn’t have done more to close the two-stroke gap on leader Merrick Bremner.
Hugo fired a four-under-par 68 on the breezy morning, making two bogeys and six birdies in a typically steady performance that kept the lightning-in-a-bottle performance of Bremner within catching distance over the remaining two rounds.
He ended up somewhat regretful of the dropped shots, but pleased Bremner had not skipped out of sight. “The bogeys weren’t that great,” said Hugo. “They were just stupid mistakes. Downwind, you have to hit the fairways to try and stop it on the greens and I just couldn’t. I missed a couple of short ones, but all-in-all, four-under’s a good score.”
The wind around the Glendower layout was blowing in the opposite direction to the way it came through during the previous day’s pro-am, and that caused some difficulties for the players who went out in the morning. “Today was a south-east wind,” said Hugo, “which means that the two longer par-fives are downwind, and the shorter ones are reachable but into the wind. And although wind in the opposite direction is tougher, when you’re downwind, you still have to hit the fairways.
“If you were close to 70, or even par in the morning, you were playing very well. So I’ll take 68 and see what happens tomorrow.”
Behind Bremner and Hugo in the early completed rounds was a group of three players on two-under: Andre Cruse, Jaco Ahlers and Jaco Prinsloo all carded 70s.