13th April 2018 | Sunshine Tour
Step in the right direction for Andersen
Stefan Engell Andersen carded an impressive opening round of 69 as he teed off for the Zanaco Masters at Lusaka Golf Club in Zambia, on Thursday, which he sees as a good step in the right direction to better the poor performances he has displayed lately.
“Surprisingly I haven’t been playing very well lately,” Andersen said with a record of 16 missed cuts last season attesting to his statement. “I just want to keep it simple. I am very happy with the start today. 69, I think is a very good score I got here today.”
With the breeze picking up quite dangerously in the morning, the man said “It is weird. It is like the only place in the world where the wind blows very hard in the morning. Usually, it dies out by 10 o’clock, but it just kept on getting strong and stronger which made it difficult, because the rough is up. So, hitting the fairway was key today,” the Kenyan said.
Besides the shots he did not like, the 27-year-old found some fulfilling aspects of his game on Thursday. “I thought I was pretty good off the tee, most of the day. A couple of loose ones, but my short game and putting kind of kept the game together today.”
Starting the 2018-19 season on the right note was a good thing for the Els Club, Copperleaf player. “It is exciting. Usually, I am a slow starter, but it feels good to kind of get the first round of the season underway and a good score as well. I am excited about the season ahead,” he said.
Andersen missed the cut last year in the tournament which was then known as the Zambia Sugar Open. In 2016, hee finished 53rd, with five others, which was his best finish in the tournament.