Michell’s round of five-under was the best carded on The Links layout, but he found himself two strokes back of Brandon Stone when he finished his round, who opened his account on the Outeniqua layout with a seven-under round of 65.
Michell, who was surprised with how well his round had gone, said the conditions on the challenging course were better than expected.
He said, “It’s a bit unexpected actually because I didn’t play so well in the practice rounds. I got off to a good start today with three birdies in the first four and we had nice conditions. The forecast said there was going to be rain and when we left where we are staying the wind was pumping and it thought it was going to be horrendous. But it’s good scoring conditions.”
Michell said, “I’m just trying to enjoy it. It’s my 21st year so I’m used to playing in pro-ams. We had nice guys so, they knew the etiquette and they are decent golfers, so that makes it that much more enjoyable.”
Speaking about the possibility for being in contention come Sunday, Michell said playing well on the weekend would be massive. “It would be massive. You could potentially get into one of the World Golf Championship events and it would be nice to just be in contention.”