“I didn’t want to do an early finish tomorrow morning, so I’m glad I could just make it into the clubhouse. I’m satisfied with my position at the moment, but we’ve got plenty more golf to play.
The 2012 BMG Classic winner steadily worked his way to a share of fourth on one-under-par during the first round at the qualifying school, which offers 2014 Sunshine Tour cards to the top 15 finishers. Round one was due to resume at 6.30am on Wednesday morning, but Sefatsa had finished just in time to avoid an early restart.
“Last year I lacked a bit of form and I’m trying to get it back this year,” said Sefatsa. “I’m quite happy that I played very steady today, so to come out with one-under…I’m pretty chuffed.”
10 years on the Sunshine Tour have made Sefatsa patient and it’s a trait he’ll need this week. There is a cut after 36 holes and only the top 15 get playing privileges, so keeping a level head is crucial.
“Four hole tournaments suit me and every time you tee it up you want to win, but just playing well here will boost my confidence. This is a ball-strikers course, so you want to make the fairways and keep the momentum going,” he said.
Kenneth Dube spent time practicing in Abu Dhabi and it has paid dividends already – he led the day with a three-under-par 69. One shot back in second place were Sipho Bujela and amateur Ramon Rigney.
“Today was a very good start indeed and I’ve been working hard on my game," said Dube. "I spent some time in Abu Dhabi and it’s an unbelievable place to train. I’ve been playing at a course there called Yas Links and in three rounds I broke 70 every time, so it’s been a really great experience."
10 matches are yet to finish and it will be a busy day for many competitors tomorrow, a day of make or break as the cut creeps up.