Thanda Mavundla was fourth at the Lombard Insurance Classic this weekend and carried his good form across to the Big Easy Tour on Tuesday, carding a four-under-par 66 at Huddle Park Golf Club to share second after round one.
“I keep telling myself that I can do it on every shot. I have a lot of confidence in my game at the moment, so I feel good over the ball,” he said.
The 28-year-old kept his card tidy on day one and made a lone bogey on his way to a share of second alongside Divan Gerber, Breyten Meyer, and Bryn Flanagan. The quartet were one shot behind Portugal’s Stephen Ferreira, who shot 30 on his second nine on his way to the sole lead on five-under-par.
“I’m swinging it really well and my putting is pretty solid as well,” said Mavundla. “My game feels good and I’m relaxing a bit more out there, which helps me hit the shots I imagine.”
The Durbanite played his way onto the Sunshine Tour through Vusi Ngubeni Qualifying School in January and in his rookie year has made it through all but one pre-qualifier. In the last month he’s begun to see results as well, starting with a share of 39th at the Investec Royal Swazi Open.
Last week at the Lombard Insurance Classic he shot rounds of 63, 70, 66 at Royal Swazi Sun Country Club to claim fourth place on his own, and the result helped climb to 92nd on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit.
“This year I’ve only missed one pre-qualifier. It’s only my rookie year on tour, so I’m very pleased with what I am doing. In the first tournaments that I played, the bigger ones earlier this year, I was very nervous, because I was playing with the big name guys that I normally see on TV. Now that it’s winter my time is coming,” he said.
Mavundla’s game is on point at the moment and he missed two fairways during his Tuesday round of 66. He felt that another good show during the final round would secure his maiden professional title.
“My plan for tomorrow is to try and shoot the same score. If I can shoot four-under or better then I should have a good chance of winning,” he said.