Scheepers fights for his card at Limpopo Championship

8th March 2019 | Sunshine Tour

Scheepers fights for his card at Limpopo Championship

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Scheepers fights for his card at Limpopo Championship

Marthin Scheepers who occupies the 156th and second-last spot on the Order of Merit knows he needs a win at the Limpopo Championship as he scrambles to keep his Sunshine Tour card.

“Basically, I have to win,” he said. “I have to give a good chase. That was on my mind when I teed off for the first round. I told my parents that this is the easiest tournament for me for the year, because I know exactly what I have to do. There is no trying to make the cut or whatever. I just need to go out there and play my best golf. It is not that difficult though, I would say.”

The rookie found himself on this position after making just a single cut out of 23 starts. Like for many other players, this second-last tournament of the season assumes greater significance as some are trying to keep their cards and others want to secure a spot in the top 50 of the money list to play in the Tour Championship in two weeks’ time.

The 27-year-old player laid a good foundation for his dream at Euphoria Golf & Lifestyle Estate as he shot three-under-par 69 to lie 16th after the first round. He was three shots off JC Ritchie who took the lead.

“It was a good round,” Scheepers said. “Good ball striking. I left a couple of putts out there still, but I hit a lot of greens to keep it in play and make a couple of putts. I feel like I’m not really driving well, but the tee shots are important. It is not really about hitting driver, but keeping it in play and you have to hit a lot of fairways here. The rough is a bit iffy, it is not easy to get out of it every time. It is not easy to hit the greens from there.

“The greens are tricky for me. I struggled to read them,” he said. “I left a lot of putts out there. I had a lot of six, seven-footers that I missed for birdies. So, I still could have gotten another three or four shots, but I am happy with the three-under.

“You need to be smart about it,” he said of the course designed by Swedish great Annika Sorenstam. “Get the right club at the right hole. There are a couple of holes where it is better to be shorter. Hit the longer club in, but give yourself a good chance of going at the flag.”

The Akasia Golf Club representative made the single bogey of his round on the par-four 14th and he knows that he will have to make more birdies to keep the dream alive today.

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