“I was just going for pars and I aimed to keep it in play. My driving was solid, and I only missed two fairways, and both times it was only a few inches off the fairway. That really helped to keep going,” he said.
The day began slowly for Inglis, who stumbled out of the blocks with a bogey at the first and then made eight pars to turn one-over. His back nine was a different affair and he followed a birdie at the 12th with an eagle at the 13th to begin his march toward a clubhouse tally of two-under-par.
“My eagle was a big boost. I actually hit two drivers on that hole. I took driver off the tee and then had another drive from 270 metres out. I managed to land it pin-high and then chipped it in from about 13 metres out,” he said.
The stormy conditions wreaked stop-start havoc on the first round, which was only completed on Friday morning after bad light eventually stopped play for the day at 18h47 on Thursday evening.
“It was a good start to the week and I’m very happy with that. I don’t think it’s fair to say that any course is easy. You’ve still got to play good golf and hit the shots that count,” he said.
Inglis was unperturbed by the downpours and managed to overcome the tough links setup, which is famous for lost balls and big numbers.
He’ll play the second round at Montagu on Friday, where the conditions are set to be clear and sunny. Factoring into Inglis’ second round will be the softness of the course after yesterday’s rains and his accurate iron play, the combination of which should lead to a low one from the journeyman.
“I’m happy with my game at the moment and I’d like to pick up a good result here. There is a re-rank coming up and that can get you into more events. I’m enjoying taking it easy, because I’ve been battling with some back issues, so playing without those niggles and scoring well is always fun,” he said.