The talk of the town at Sun City has been the improved condition of Lost City Golf Course, which hosts this week’s R750,000 Nedbank Affinity Cup. New sand has been put into the bunkers and the patchy areas on the 10th and 12th have become lush.
The 6751-metre course is green and receptive, which meant the Sunshine Tour professionals were able to score well during the pre-qualifier on Monday.
Jeff Inglis is a notable striker of the ball and he roared around Lost City in 62 strokes to claim his spot in the tournament. He made eight birdies and no bogeys during the round, but it was an eagle three at the 18th that capped off a special day.
“I came out firing from the start, hit it to three feet on the first and kept on going from there. The eagle at 18 was a nice way to finish. I had wedge in my hand and hit it eight feet past the cup and then managed to sink that, which was satisfying,” he said.
A total of 40 players competed for the last 15 spots at the Nedbank Affinity Cup and Juan Langeveld and Derik Ferreira were the last two players to make it in after they each shot level-par 72.
The 18-hole rush to earn a spot in the competition has an effect on the players’ psyche. Inglis was full of confidence after shooting 10-under-par on Monday and he’ll look to turn a good day into a great week.
“Whenever you come through the gates it’s a different world and you feel like you really want to get out there and play golf. They’ve redone the bunkers and overall the course is awesome. The fairways are good, so it’s easier to keep it in play. I noticed that the areas around the greens are in much better condition, so you’re not getting those funny lies around the edges and you can really score well if your short game is on point,” he said.