Jake Roos shines at Lost City
Lost City - Defending champion Jake Roos won the R600 000 Nedbank Affinity Cup in 2009, and returned to the Lost City Golf Club with a bang when he shot 67 to share the first round lead on Tuesday.
“It was great to start here this morning, to be back and see the 18th, where I won the playoff (in 2009). It’s good to be back,” he said.
A two-time winner on the Sunshine Tour, Roos closed the day at five-under-par and matched Tyrone Mordt and Clinton Whitelaw at the top of the leaderboard.
“It was a solid round - I hit the ball well and I was putting nicely - I was in control of the round,” said Roos.
A bogey at the first would not disrupt the 31-year-old’s focus - he kept it steady through the front nine, carding birdies at the fourth, fifth and seventh to turn at two-under. Of the recovery he said: “Once I birdied four I settled in, and from there I made fairways and greens.”
Having built a solid rhythm, Roos birdied the 11th and 14th for a move to four-under. “Some of the pins are tucked away on the back nine, but it’s fair. I like the course and the greens are good, so I enjoyed it out there,” he said.
The defending champion, who finished the tournament at 12-under-par in 2009, made birdie at the 18th to draw level with morning leaders Mordt and Whitelaw.
Mordt, who finished second at the Nashua Masters on Sunday, maintained his strong form to card seven birdies during the round, but drops at the ninth and 10th set him back to five-under.
Whitelaw turned at two-under before carding his first and only bogey of the day at the 10th, but regained the drop with a birdie at the 11th.
He closed out the round well, making birdies at the 15th, 17th and 18th to secure his share of first, one stroke clear of a three-way tie for fourth between Steven Ferreira, Des Terblanche and Grant Veenstra.
It may have been at the Lost City course, but Roos immediately found the same form he displayed two years ago.
67 - Tyrone Mordt, Clinton Whitelaw, Jake Roos
68 - Steven Ferreira, Grant Veenstra, Des Terblanche
69 - Dean O'Riley, Andrew Georgiou
70 - Darren Fichardt, Andrew Curlewis, Warren Abery, Prinavin Nelson, Jaco Ahlers, Ockie Strydom
71 - Wallie Coetsee, Vaughn Groenewald, Martin Maritz, Theunis Spangenberg, Thabang Simon
72 - Adrian Ford, Bryce Easton, Ross Wellington, James Kamte, Ryan Strauss, Hendrik Buhrmann, Doug McGuigan, Brandon Pieters, Christiaan Basson, Lyle Rowe, Morne Buys
73 - JG Claassen, Ryan Tipping, PH McIntyre, Louis Moolman, Callie Swart, Wynand Dingle, Charl Coetzee, Deane Pappas, Trevor Fisher Jnr, Ulrich van den Berg
74 - David Hewan, Attie Schwartzel, Justin Harding, Allan Versfeld, Colin Nel, Alan Michell, Jacques Blaauw, Lindani Ndwandwe, Grant Muller, Willie van der Merwe, Matthew Carvell, Michael du Toit
75 - Albert Pistorius, Andre Cruse, Merrick Bremner
76 - Brett Liddle, Reggie Adams, Mark Murless, Jake Redman, Irvin Mazibuko
77 - Neil Schietekat, Divan van den Heever, Desvonde Botes, Anthony Michael
78 - Ryan Thompson, Omar Sandys, Chris Swanepoel, Alex Haindl, Ben Mannix (ENG)
79 - Darryn Lloyd, Oliver Bekker
82 - TC Charamba (ZIM)