Versfeld – who put on a miraculous putting display on his incoming nine holes – said the putter saved him from slipping away from the leaders.
He said, “I putted unbelievably. I had nine one-putts on the front nine, so that really saved me. “
The last two years of Versfeld’s career on the Sunshine Tour have left much to be desired, and a new approach to the game looks to be paying off.
He said, “Yeah I’m really chuffed. It’s been a couple rough years and I’m trying to change a few things and it looks like it’s paying off. I’ve started working for my dad recently. It’s taken a lot of pressure off things and you know, I’m starting to learn to love the game again and just realizing that golf isn’t work. The guys are always saying you must never lose the love for golf. You know we sometimes forget how blessed we are to be playing out here.“
Versfeld turned professional in 2011 and after a sensational first year on tour, he picked up the Sunshine Tour Rookie of the Year award. He followed that up with his first win at the 2012 Vodacom Origins at De Salze.
“I’m taking it day-by-day and whatever happens, happens. I’m not going to stress myself out, I’ve got no expectations and I’m just enjoying it,” he added.
A gusty Lusaka Golf Club favoured the early morning starters and Versfeld’s five-under-par 68 was matched by England’s Jack Harrison, and was bettered by one shot by new-comer Teaghan Gauche who carded a six-under-par 67.
Versfeld said, “It was a little bit breezy out there. The wind was swirling a lot. The greens were a lot better than they were in the pro-am, so it was good.”