Jeff Inglis did not relax after making the turn in 33, and shot a leading first round of 67 on Thursday in the R100,000 Modderfontein event on the Sunshine Big Easy Tour presented by Stonehage.
A boxed 25-foot putt on the second sparked InglisÂ round, and he went on to sign for a card of five-under-par, one stroke clear of Wynand Dingle.
Inglis stayed focused after turning at three-under and closed the back nine in 34. ÂThere was no relaxing, I just tried to match my nines and not shoot a high and a low one,Â said Inglis.
On the par-five 13th Inglis took an eight-iron into the green and landed 10 feet from the pin. He sank for eagle, which secured his round.
But the highlight of his day was the birdie on the second. Inglis played to the middle of the green and sank a 25-foot putt to go two-under through two. ÂThat just got the putter going for the day,Â he said.
Inglis carded a lone bogey on the 15th, but recovered the drop immediately with birdie on the 16th.
His aim was to shoot 66, but Inglis was pleased with his 67, which included four birdies and an eagle. ÂIÂve just been working hard, and if you keep plugging away it comes together,Â he said.
Wynand Dingle shot 68 and finished one stroke shy of Inglis. Dingle led day one of the Benoni Country Club event a fortnight ago, but finished the opening round in a share of sixth there, and will aim for a better result.
A further two shots back are Johan Etsebeth, Derick Petersen and Brett Liddle, who share third after carding two-under-par 68.
Inglis kept his cool at Modderfontein on Thursday, and will be focused on staying ahead through the final round on Friday.