Parys - Anthony Michael shot a six-under-par 66 for a one-stroke lead after the opening round of an Origins of Golf tournament at the Parys Golf and Country Estate on Wednesday.
Michael topped the leaderboard with a round where he settled himself with some key putts early on.
"I had a few testers early on - six and eight footers - and I made all of them," Michael said after his round.
"That really solidified the round and got the confidence going. Those kinds of putts are make or break for your round. If you make them you get off to a good start.
"If you miss them, you're fighting off the back foot. So I felt confident."
Attie Schwartzel is his nearest challenger, with Brandon Pieters in a group at four-under in his return tournament, after struggling with a hip injury.
Further down the leaderboard, Vaughn Groenewald is four shots off the lead and Andre Cruse is five behind.
Opening round scores from the Origins of Golf series played at the Parys Golf and Country Estate on Wednesday (RSA unless specified):
66 - Anthony Michael
67 - Attie Schwartzel
68 - Brandon Pieters, Doug McGuigan, Chris Swanepoel
69 - Thabang Simon, Daniel Greene, Dean Burmester, PH McIntyre, Desvonde Botes
70 - Michael Hollick, Vaughn Groenewald, Colin Nel
71 - Andre Cruse, Ulrich van den Berg, Nic Henning, Wallie Coetsee, Titch Moore, Jaco Ahlers
72 - Drikus van der Walt, Pieter Moolman, Jake Roos, Lyle Rowe, Justin Harding, Theunis Spangenberg, Wandile Gininda, Divan Gerber, Merrick Bremner, Andrew Curlewis, Jean Hugo
73 - Ryan Cairns (ZIM), Ockie Strydom, Drikus Bruyns, Riekus Nortje, Charl Coetzee, Alex Haindl, Tyrone Mordt, Steven Ferreira, Mark Murless
74 - Toto Thimba (Jnr), James Kamte, Danie van Tonder, Trevor Fisher Jnr, Derik Ferreira
75 - Graham van der Merwe, Tyrone Ferreira, Mark Williams, Paul Bradshaw, Ryan Tipping, JJ Senekal, Ruan de Smidt, Allan Versfeld, Teboho Sefatsa
76 - Chris Erasmus, Christiaan Basson, Neil Schietekat, Bryce Easton
77 - Callie Swart, Coenie Stoop, Grant Muller, Jacques Blaauw, Heinrich Bruiners, Stuart Smith (BOT)
78 - Jeff Inglis (ENG), JG Claassen, Divan van den Heever, Bradford Vaughan, Keenan Davidse
79 - Jake Redman, Peter Karmis
80 - Matthew Carvell
83 - Shaun Norris