22nd February 2018 | Sunshine Tour
Kamte pleased with positive start at Cape Town Open
James Kamte said he is slowly gaining confidence after he shot a perfect seven-under 65 opening round of the Cape Town Open presented by Sun International at King David Mowbray Golf Club on Thursday.
“You know what, it is about time,” Kamte said, elaborating on his solid round in the drought-affected Mother City. “I started to make a lot of putts today. I managed to end it with like 20 putts today, which I am pretty happy about, you know. As long as I keep putting well, I think I will probably be able to finish well.”
He opened his round with a birdie on one, then made three consecutive pars before making a run of four straight birdies on holes five, six, seven and eight. He then made par to go out in 31. His homeward stretch was a little more measured as he managed to birdie only the 12th and 14th holes, while he made no bogeys to spoil his round.
“I just putted well,” said Kamte who is a member of the Gary Player Class of 2017-18. “I managed to get the ball on the green in regulation and I made a lot of putts, you know, which was a good thing, not long putts, pretty short putts, you know, and I was quite happy to save shots.”
With the water crisis still ravaging Cape Town, Kamte was content with the condition of the golf course and he was quick to note that things could change pretty quickly here if the wind starts to pick up.
“Today the course is playing pretty fair,” he said. “You know, normally I play this course with a lot of wind and there is no wind. It does not happen often around here and I was just hoping for the wind to pick up in the afternoon. It is a bit of shock about the wind, we can see by the scores and you are going to have to take advantage of it.”
On seven-under and sharing fourth with at least nine other players, Kamte is the highest-placed member of the Gary Player Class of 2017-18 after day one. The Gary Player Class is the Sunshine Tour’s development programme which benefits from the longstanding support of the South African Golf Development Board (SAGDB), founded in 1999 by Johann Rupert as the official body for golf development in South Africa, as well as the Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation (EEFF) in a collective effort to use golf to improve the lives of disadvantaged South Africans.