Steady start for Prinsloo at KCM Zambia Open

Dimension Data Pro-Am: Day 1Jaco Prinsloo carded an early three-under-par 69 in the first round of the KCM Zambia Open that left him one stroke off clubhouse leader Jaco Ahlers at Nchanga Golf Club.

Blustery conditions greeted the morning field and players found it challenging to navigate their way around the Chingloa layout.

“It was tough. I had a good first nine which made it easier – I had a grind on the back nine – I didn’t hit many greens but I’m happy,” said Prinsloo.

Prinsloo has found some scintillating form of late with three top 10’s in his last four appearances, as well as a share of 11th and 13th place at the Eye of Africa PGA Championship and Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open respectively.

“I’ve been playing well the last couple of weeks. It started in Zim – but yeah I’m feeling good and I just need to put four rounds of golf together,” he said.

Prinsloo credits his rise in form to a dramatic weight loss regime; one that has seen him shed approximately 20 kilograms.

“I lost 20 off kilograms in the last four months. I think that did the trick because I’ve been playing well ever since and mentally, I’d like to think I’ve got a strong head on me.”

“Losing all that weight, it changed my swing a bit. My swing got a lot longer so I’ve had to work on that to get it back to where I want it. I don’t think my ball striking has changed. I think if you’ve got the ball striking ability it should always be there,” explained Prinsloo.

Rhys West and Michael Hollick share second place with Prinsloo, while a host of other title challengers are two strokes further back on one-under-par.

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