Jake Redman, 23, has his sights set on a win at Kempton Park Golf Club, host to the current event on the Sunshine Big Easy Tour presented by Stonehage.
The 1.91-metre tall youngster took advantage of clear conditions and soft greens to close day one tied for the lead at five-under-par.
The Fancourt professional shot a leading round of 67, with bogeys on the fourth and sixth holes the only blemishes in a round that contained five birdies.
The 13th proved lucky for Redman as he carded an eagle on the 496-metre par-five and secured his portion of the first round lead.
The dry north winter gave fairways bounce and the greens helped players with their short game. ÂThe greens were soft, so even from the rough you could chip and the ball stopped well,Â Redman said.
The dryness and altitude helped players shoot far on the shortest course thus far on tour, and Redman took full advantage: ÂTee shots go much further, but are harder to control,Â he said.
The two hardest holes on the course, the fourth and 14th, both saw Redman miss four-foot putts Â the winner of the 2010 Sunshine TourÂs Qualifying School lost a birdie chance on the fourth and missed par on the 14th.
Redman shares the lead with Brett Liddle, who played with a pinched nerve in his back and still managed to share to the lead at the close. ÂI wasnÂt supposed to play, but I thought I would come and see how it went,Â said a happy Liddle.
Liddle needed just 28 putts to share the lead, impressive for an injured man.
Trailing the lead are Ryan Cairns and PG van Zyl at four-under-par, and with conditions due to remain calm and clear, both are ready to take on the leaders in the final round tomorrow.
Redman will be ready for the challenge, keeping a cool head as he heads into the final round. ÂI am hitting the ball well and feeling confident about my game,Â Redman said.