Redman, Harvey share lead

2012-08-22 18:36

Pennington - Under grey skies and through intermittent rain at Selborne Hotel, Spa and Golf Estate on Wednesday, Jake Redman signed for a five-under-par 67 to share the lead in the first round of the Vodacom Origins of Golf tournament.

He joined Jared Harvey at the top of the leaderboard in the 54-hole R600 000 event. They’re one stroke clear of four players, and there is a group of nine more on three-under.

Redman managed to conclude his round just before darkness set in. With four straight birdies from the turn, he held the sole lead on six under. But he came home with bogeys at 15 and 17, and then birdied 18.

“Holes 15 and 17 are really tough par fours. But I’m happy with my game. I’ve been working hard, and it seems to be paying off,” he said.

With two wins on the developmental Big Easy Tour this year, Harvey is now going to find out if he’s ready to win on the Sunshine Tour.

Harvey produced his 67 in the morning, and it was built around the confidence of his victories on the Big Easy Tour this year. Harvey also believes the step up to contending on the main Sunshine Tour is purely a mental barrier.

“You get that confidence from seeing yourself up on the leaderboard. I’ve shot some good scores on the Big Easy Tour that I’ve felt could be competitive on the Sunshine Tour. Obviously it’s a bit tougher on the Sunshine Tour, with the competition.
But the scores you put up on the Big Easy Tour - I just feel they could be competitive anywhere else,” he said.

Harvey has played in only one other Vodacom Origins event this year, at De Zalze, where he missed the cut.

“All areas of my game are where I want them to be at the moment. It was quite tough when it started to rain, but you just deal with it. You put your head down and grind it out. The softer greens helped me because I could be a bit more aggressive on the putts.”

Allan Versfeld is three strokes off the pace and looking to win back-to-back titles on the six-tournament Vodacom Origins series.

Versfeld has the experienced caddie Simon Masilo with him this week. For the past 17 years, Masilo has been the regular caddie for Ernie Els whenever he’s played in South Africa.

“We’ve been friends for a long time. He agreed to caddie for me and it’s probably going to be fulltime. You just learn from all of his experience, and I think we’ll make a good team,” said Versfeld.

Scores (RSA unless specified):

67 - Jared Harvey, Jake Redman
68 - Martin du Toit, Vaughn Groenewald, Trevor Fisher Jnr, Doug McGuigan
69 - Charl Coetzee, David Hewan, Justin Harding, Jacques Blaauw, PG van Zyl, Graham van der Merwe, Joshua Cunliffe, Adilson Da Silva (BRA), Divan van den Heever
70 - Allan Versfeld, Christiaan Basson, Merrick Bremner, Andrew Curlewis, Michiel Bothma, Dean Burmester
71 - Michael Hollick, Wallie Coetsee, Alan Michell, Ulrich van den Berg, Albert Pistorius, Matthew Carvell, Danie van Tonder, Desvonde Botes, Theunis Spangenberg
72 - Anthony Michael, Johan Bekker, Stuart Clark (WAL), Morne Buys, Bradford Vaughan, Andre Cruse, Mark Williams, Derik Ferreira
73 - Attie Schwartzel, Jaco Ahlers, JJ Senekal, Prinavin Nelson, Des Terblanche, Chris Swanepoel, Grant Muller, Hendrik Buhrmann
74 - Titch Moore, Oliver Bekker, Jean Hugo, Francois Coetzee, Neil Schietekat, Tyrone Ferreira, Ruan de Smidt
75 - Lean Boezaart, PH McIntyre, Lindani Ndwandwe, Brandon Pieters, Ryan Tipping, Daniel Greene, Bryce Easton, Warren Abery, Johan du Buisson
76 - Riekus Nortje, Ockie Strydom, Dean O'Riley, Steven Ferreira, Louis Calitz
77 - Colin Nel
78 - JG Claassen
81 - Shaun Norris
82 - Grant Veenstra
83 - Brett Liddle