“I love it – when it’s breezy swing it easy. Today there was a three-club wind at times, so you keep your ball down on the ground. This is what I practice for,” he said.
The Western Cape local got it right in winds gusting up to 30 kilometres per hour and made six birdies and three drops to set the pace, along with early starter Le Roux Ferreira, at three-under-par.
“Start of the day I would have taken it,” said Georgiou. “In hindsight I should have been four or five, and I made a silly bogey on the last hole, but I’m happy.”
“Growing up in Somerset West, hitting it low is something that I do well. You turn into the wind and have just got to stick it out. When you turn downwind there are definitely some birdie opportunities, so it’s not always as bad as what people think,” he added.
It was a tough first day at the coast and Georgiou had to lean on his recent good form, which includes four consecutive cuts made, topped by a share of ninth at the Zambia Sugar Open in April.
“I’ve been playing well and Langebaan is a bit like a home course. It feels relaxed and good, so I’ll try to keep that going for the rest of the week,” he said.
For Ferreira, who shared the lead, it was also a week in home territory. His brother, Jandri, was on the bag and the Ferreira card included an eagle three at the fourth hole.
“I started off this morning with no expectations, but I grew up in the Cape, so I’m kind-of used to this wind. My brother is on the bag, my family is here and we are staying with good friends, so it’s all a lekker experience,” he said.