Jaco Ahlers is fresh off a stint abroad and returns to his home club at Koro Creek Golf Estate for this week’s R650,000 Vodacom Origins of Golf presented by Samsung, where his coach will double-up as his caddie.
“I wouldn’t call it a second home, but it’s pretty close. David Riddle, my coach, is the general manager here and he is on the bag this week while my regular caddie is working at the Hong Kong Open, so I’ve got a good feeling about all of this,” he said.
Ahlers is a big fan of Limpopo Province and the wild feel of Koro Creek, where he’ll tee up for three rounds, starting Thursday.
“I grew up in the Kruger National Park, so I’ve always been a bushveld guy. There’s a good vibe to this club, with its thatch-roofed clubhouse and wildlife out on the course. I’ve heard a lot of guys saying that it’s a South African place. It’s in the bush, so it’s a good place for me,” he said.
The 32-year-old has played hot and cold golf over the last few weeks and is hoping to get the business end of the season going with a good result this week.
“It’s been a pretty busy year and I’ve racked up the miles. This is my fourth country in five weeks, so it’s been tiring. I haven’t played that well recently, because the game hasn’t clicked, but hopefully we can find some form this week.
“We’re working through it and trying to get ready for summer. This will be a good tournament to play well in and get some confidence going. Luckily I know the course really well, so I feel comfortable,” he said.