28th June 2019 | Sunshine Tour
Training investment pays off for Ngcobo in Kenya
Investing in hard training is paying dividends for rookie Thabiso Ngcobo at the KCB Karen Masters as he put himself in contention in Kenya.
“It has been trending in the right direction this year,” he said. “I have been training very hard with my coach back in South Africa. I shot a few good scores in the previous Big Easy event. The form has been pretty good coming to this event.”
The 25-year-old player who gained his playing privileges on Tour through Qualifying School in March came to this week with a solid plan which helped him shot five-under 67 for his opening round to share second, five shots off the lead.
“In the practice round, I just did my notes and said I am feeling this club and then stuck with that club in the round and it paid off. There were few other holes where during the day it just goes a little further. So, you just have to adjust and get yourself that one less club and that is all it was. I will probably go an extra club or just one-half extra club off the tee tomorrow, because I’m off in the morning. I am not planning to change my game plan and I will see how tomorrow goes.
“I had a few lucky breaks, but that’s how it goes in golf,” the Pretoria Country Club representative said. “I just stayed patient and I just told myself, next hole, next hole and that worked out for me. I hit a few wild ones and went into the trees, but luckily it bounced back to the fairway or I had a shot to the green.”
The studies in the practice round around Karen Country Club have helped Ngcobo. “I think the main thing is that I just stayed in play and that is what you have to do around this course. It is an off the tee course and if you play well off the tee you can score very well.
“It is my first time here. I really like how everything has been running a couple of days. It almost feels like an SA Open, actually. I am very happy with the greens and fairways and everything is in good condition.”