Mavundlas’s round included five birdies on the front nine, with nine straight pars on the back nine.
“On the first nine I was too greedy. On the back nine I just told myself to shoot level-par and I’ll come back tomorrow. The back nine, once you make mistakes there, it punishes you. So it’s important to place the ball in the right areas,” he said.
Mavundla will need to produce a similar round tomorrow if he is to be in contention in the 111-man field, which is currently lead by Jeff Inglis who is on seven-under-par 65.
“I’m really happy. There are a lot of improvements to be made. When I start I always tell myself I need to improve with every shot I hit,” said Mavundla.
With a specific game plan, Mavundla will need to rely on his pitching to fire another sub-70 round.
“I wanted to lay-up on all the holes to about 70 metres or less.” He explained. “I’m looking forward to tomorrow and hopefully I can go deep like today,” he added.