Brandon Stone was the highest placed South African in the field after round one on five-under-par at Genzon Golf Club in China.
The threat of lightning resulted in 32 players, including Stone, having to return to finish their first rounds on Friday morning. Stone parred his last two holes to stay at five-under-par, one shot off the target set by Soomin lee and Alexander Levy.
Stone said, “It was solid. It was a really good ball striking day. I hit it solid off the tee and my irons were extremely good. I played really solidly yesterday and it was a solid little finish this morning, so hopefully I can keep it going.”
With an unusually early start to day two in order to finish up round one scoring, Stone said waking up at that time was something that didn’t bother him. “To be fair, it’s the most use you can get out of jet-lag. I woke up at four o’clock this morning and I was ready to go. It was a positive I think. It was actually quite a normal day.”
The golf course looks to suit Stone’s eye and he will be looking to build on his already impressive start to his European Tour campaign.
He said, “It’s fantastic. It really is a good challenge. It rewards good shots and it punishes bad ones, which is a sign of a good golf course and to finish five-under through the first round is perfect for me.”