Sunshine Tour

Scott, Harding lead in George

2013-02-21 18:17
Justin Harding (File)
George - Steady was the word of the day for Scott Arnold on Thursday after an opening 65 at the Outeniqua course at Fancourt Golf and Country Estate moved him into a share of the lead at the Dimension Data Pro-Am.

“It was a great way to start. I played really solid and holed some putts, so I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing and that should be alright for the week,” he said.

The Australian is enjoying the atmosphere of the R3.75m tournament, where the professionals play a round at The Links, Outeniqua and Montagu courses at Fancourt, followed by a final round on Montagu.

“It’s lovely here, exactly like Australia with the sun out, so it’s great to play here. I’m from Sydney in New South Wales, so I’m used to 30- or 40-mile-an-hour winds.”

Arnold began the first day with two consecutive birdies and then continued to shine, making a further two before the turn, a fifth at 12 and then an eagle at 17 to lead in the clubhouse.

Justin Harding chased down that lead over his final holes at Montagu, making two birdies in his last three holes to claim a share of the first-round lead.

“I’m pleased with today, because I played well from tee to green and putted fantastically,” said Harding. “There are three rounds to come, and I’ll try to get into a good position for Sunday and then try to take on the trophy,” he said.

Chasing the two young leaders were European Tour veterans Hennie Otto and Simon Dyson, who both shot six-under-par 66 at Outeniqua.

“Some big shoes to fill back there,” said Arnold. “I’m not going to worry about what they do - I can’t control that. I’m just going to go out and play the best that I can, at the end of the week if I win that’s great, but otherwise I’ll know that I’ve done the best I can,” he said.

It was only two years ago that Otto lifted the Dimension Data Pro-Am trophy, and the two-time European Tour winner loomed on six-under.

“It’s fun and serious this week - there is a balance. If you want to score in this tournament it’s on Outeniqua, and I’m glad I could go low today and get the tournament off to such a good start,” he said.

England’s Dyson, a six-time European Tour winner himself, was enthusiastic after his opening 66 and relished his time in the sun.

“Everything was good today and it’s absolutely beautiful here. It’s always a pleasure to come back and play in South Africa and when I get a chance to come I take it,” he said.

Seven players shared fifth on five-under-par, four of whom played the Montagu course and two who played Outeniqua.

At The Links, which is a par-73 and the toughest layout of the three courses, Jared Harvey carded an impressive 68 to become the seventh player tied on five-under. The Fancourt Foundation graduate was happy to have done so well at a course that punishes mistakes.

“My playing partner, Francois Pienaar, asked me which course I respect the most at Fancourt and I told him it was definitely The Links. I would have taken even-par before I teed off today, so it’s great to start five under,” he said.

Scores (RSA unless otherwise specified):

-7 - Scott Arnold (AUS) 65, Justin Harding  65
-6 - Simon Dyson (ENG) 66, Hennie Otto  66
-5 - James Kingston  67, Jaco Ahlers  67, Dawie Van der Walt  67, Desvonde Botes  67, Tjaart van der Walt  67, Jean Hugo  67,Jared Harvey  68
-4 - Dylan Frittelli  68, Ockie Strydom  68, Jaco Van Zyl  68, Matthew Nixon (ENG) 68, Darren Fichardt  68, Torben Baumann (GER) 68,Andrew Marshall (ENG) 69, Dean Burmester  68, Daniel Brooks (ENG) 68, Michiel Bothma  68, Gregory Molteni (ITA) 68, Theunis Spangenberg  68,Lasse Jensen(DEN) 68
-3 - Peter Uihlein (USA) 69, Garth Mulroy  69, Trevor Fisher Jnr  69, Merrick Bremner  69, Mark Tullo (CHI) 69, Jacques van Tonder  69,Micky Hough (ZIM) 69, Ruan de Smidt  70, Alan McLean (SCO) 70, Christiaan Basson  69, Keenan Davidse  69, Tyrone Ryan  69,Steven Ferreira  69, Andrew Georgiou  69, Martin Rominger (SUI) 69, Laurie Canter (ENG) 69, Brett Liddle  69
-2 - Danie van Tonder  71, Thomas Aiken  70, Allan Versfeld  70, Musiwalo Nethunzwi  70, Jacques Blaauw  71, PH McIntyre  70,Jake Roos  70, James Kamte  70, Rhys Davies (WAL) 70, Titch Moore  70, Dean O'Riley  71, Jean-Paul Strydom  70, Ryan Cairns (ZIM) 70,Alex Haindl  70, Johan du Buisson  70
-1 - Wallie Coetsee  72, Irvin Mazibuko  71, Brandon Detweiler (USA) 71, Louis de Jager  72, Keith Horne  71, Michael Gligic (CAN) 72,Oliver Bekker  71, Tyrone Ferreira  71, Alastair Forsyth (SCO) 71, Johan de Beer  72, Neil Schietekat  71, Anthony Michael  72,Bryce Easton  71, Ross McGowan (ENG) 71, Alexander Levy (FRA) 71, Colin Nel  71, Daniel Im (USA) 72, Lyle Rowe  71, Martin du Toit  71
Par - Alan Michell  73, Doug McGuigan  72, Justin Walters  72, Graeme Storm (ENG) 72, Michael Hollick  72, Warren Abery  72,Brandon Pieters  72, John Moore (USA) 72, Henk Alberts  72, Attie Schwartzel  73, Albert Pistorius  73, Gert Myburgh  73,Ulrich van den Berg  72, Hendrik Buhrmann  72
+1 - Shaun Norris  73, Langley Perrins  73, Charl Coetzee  73, James Busby (ENG) 73, Clifford Howes  74, Matthew Southgate (ENG) 73,Alexandre Kaleka (FRA) 74, Divan van den Heever  73, Thabo Maseko  74, Andrew Curlewis  73, Francesco Laporta (ITA) 73, Drikus van der Walt  73,Ryan Tipping  73
+2 - Jeff Inglis (ENG) 75, Matthew Carvell  75, Chris Lloyd (ENG) 75, Riekus Nortje  75, Desne van den Bergh  74, Seve Benson (ENG) 74,Teboho Sefatsa  74, Mark F Haastrup (DEN) 74, Michael du Toit  75, Chris Swanepoel  74, Mark Murless  75, Vaughn Groenewald  74,Wynand Dingle  75, Kyle Stevens  74, Grant Veenstra  74
+3 - Gerhard Trytsman  75, Morten Orum Madsen (DEN) 76, Shaun Smith  76, Toto Thimba (Jnr) 76, Grant Muller  76, Ben Mannix (ENG) 76,David Hewan  76, Le Roux Ferreira  75, Morne Buys  75, Neil Cheetham (ENG) 75
+4 - Makgetha Mazibuko  76, Daniel Gaunt (AUS) 76, Madalitso Muthiya (ZAM) 76, Jake Redman  77, Daniel Hammond  77, Lindani Ndwandwe  77,Ross Wellington  77, Johan Bekker  77, Joshua Cunliffe  76, Daniel Greene  76, Louis Calitz  77, Bradley Sinnett  77,Jacques Kruyswijk  76
+5 - Bennie van der Merwe  78, Oscar Floren (SWE) 78, Anthony Snobeck (FRA) 78, JG Claassen  77, Shaun Ellis  77, Callum Macaulay (SCO) 78,Tyrone Mordt  77, Juan Langeveld  78, Maritz Wessels  77, MJ Daffue  77
+6 - JP van der Walt  79, Divan Gerber  79, Pieter Moolman  79, CJ du Plessis  79, Nick Dougherty (ENG) 78, Steve Surry (ENG) 79,Nic Henning  78
+7 - Graham van der Merwe  80, Coenie Bester  80
+8 - Bradford Vaughan  80, Thabang Simon  80, Chris Erasmus  80
+9 - Duane Keun  81
+10 - Mark Williams  83, Derik Ferreira  83
+11 - JJ Senekal  84, Darryn Lloyd  83

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