Jared Harvey is not finding the step up to the Sunshine Tour too much of a hurdle and he showed it by taking the early clubhouse lead in the Vodacom Origins of Golf event at Selborne Hotel, Spa and Golf Estate on Wednesday.
He carded a five-under-par 67 to lead the R600,000 tournament on the first morning of the 54-hole event, and his two wins on the Sunshine Big Easy Tour presented by Stonehage have given him a sense of belonging.
ÂIÂm playing quite nicely and I think the gameÂs quite solid,Â he said, Âand IÂm just running with the confidence IÂve got from the Big Easy Tour, trying to take it over to the main tour.Â
It showed as he overcame the rainy start to his round, making birdies on 12 and 14 after he started on 10, and dropping just a single shot on 18 as he turned.
ÂIt was quite tough when it got a bit rainy out there,Â he said. ÂIt got that kind of irritating wet where you get quite soaked but itÂs not something where you have to put all the jackets and everything on.Â
He rode that out and made four more birdies on his way in to lead Martin du Toit, Vaughn Groenewald and Trevor Fisher Jnr by one stroke, with Charl Coetzee, David Hewan, Justin Harding and Jacques Blaauw a further shot back on three-under.
ÂAll of a sudden, it cleared up, it was bearable and you could take advantage,Â said Harvey. ÂThe greens were quite slow because of their sandy base, but I find that helps me sometimes because I could be a little more aggressive and give it a nice run without being scared of the return.Â
With his two victories on the Big Easy Tour, he has become confident about translating the scores he achieves on those courses into similar scores on the Sunshine Tour. ÂI get those scores on the same sort of courses as we play on the main tour, so, other than the guys being the top players, thereÂs no reason I shouldnÂt score well each week,Â he said.