5th April 2019 | Sunshine Tour
Enoch blitzes the par-fives to lead Zanaco Masters
Rhys Enoch played the five par-fives at Lusaka Golf Club in six-under-par on Friday to race to an eight-under-par 65 and a one-shot lead at the halfway mark of the Zanaco Masters.
He made six birdies and an eagle in his round without dropping a shot, and, together with his impressive opening 68, has moved to 13-under-par after 36 holes. Four of those birdies and the eagle came on the par-fives.
“It was just a professional round of golf,” he said. “I took care of the par-fives early and then just kept ticking. It wasn’t as pretty as yesterday’s round but I just kept making pars and I started rolling in some putts towards the end which got me up even more.”
He led Jaco Ahlers by one, after Ahlers had matched his feat of going six-under for the par-fives in his seven-under-par 66. Rourke van der Spuy carded an eventful three-under 69 with five bogeys, six birdies and an eagle to occupy third spot on nine-under, four off the lead.
Enoch started his round on the 10th, and with the back nine of Lusaka Golf Club having four par-fives on it, he was soon shooting up the leaderboard as he turned in five-under-par 33, with three birdies and an eagle on those long holes.
A birdie on the only par-five on the front none – the second – completed his par-five scoring collection for the day, but there were two more birdies to be had on the third and the ninth.
Much of his success was due to his putting. “I started making just about everything I looked at yesterday, with three 20-footers in a row which was nice,” he said. “To finish today, I holed a nice one on nine, and holed about a 10-footer for par on eight. The putter’s rolling really nicely which has helped me up the leaderboard.
“This is the best we’ve ever seen these greens. There’s so much growth and that makes it a lot easier to see the grain and because they’ve been cut down and rolled so nicely, the grain doesn’t do as much as it normally does. There are only four of five holes you’ve got to watch out for. I just feel I’m reading them pretty nicely and striking them nicely and they seem to be going in.”
The difference in the courses between last week’s tournament at the difficult Nkana Golf Club, where he finished fifth, and this week’s at Lusaka also contributed to Enoch’s success. “Last week helped with my game plan here,” he said. You just had to keep bogeys off your card, and that’s all I’m really trying to do here. It’s not negative, but if I’m in any sort of trouble with a flyer-lie here, I just play to the front edge and just try and give myself an easy look at par. That seems to be paying off.”
For Enoch, previous success around the course – he came seventh here in 2015 – is contributing to his performance this week. “This is the second time I’ve been 13-under after two rounds here,” he said. I don’t know what it is about the course. A lot of tee-shots suit my eye and I just enjoy playing here.”
He’ll enjoy it more if he keeps going the way he is. “It’s never that easy to keep bogeys off the card on the weekend,” he acknowledged. “I know it gets a little harder, so I’ve got to draw on some experience, just be really, really patient and the birdies will come because I’m playing well.”