With just two cuts made this year on the Sunshine Tour, Kevin Rundle could be forgiven for thinking he might never make it. But a five-under-par 67 in the opening round of the R700,000 Sun Boardwalk Challenge at Humewood Golf Club on Wednesday gave him a great deal of satisfaction.
“I’ve had a rough couple of months, so getting off to a good start really helps,” he said. “I’ve been struggling mentally. I’ve been swinging it well, but I just haven’t been able to finish it off with a decent score. I’ve been working hard at that over the last couple of months and it finally seems to be paying off.”
His seven birdies and two bogeys gave him his best round as a professional after he earned his playing privileges at the Sunshine Tour Qualifying School in Bloemfontein in January. Frustratingly for him, his previous best round of 69 was not good enough to advance him out of the qualifying round for May’s Lombard Insurance Classic.
He started his round on the 10th with a birdie, but he bogeyed the 13th. He didn’t let that get him down, and he followed that dropped shot with four consecutive birdies. “I made a soft drop on 13, and after that, it just clicked and I hit some good shots and some good putts,” he said.
It was particularly still on the normally breezy Humewood when he started his round, and he was certain that the benign conditions would not change enough to prevent someone going lower than he had.
But he was relishing the thought of breezier conditions for the rounds ahead. “You have to enjoy the wind,” he said. “It’s there, so just go with it.”