Kleinmond - Neil Schietekat made three birdies in a row on Thursday to card a
five-under-par 67 for the first round lead of the Vodacom Origins of Golf event
at Arabella Country Estate.
the only bogey of his round with those birdies and held a one-stroke edge over
Kenya’s Stefan Engell Andersen, South Africa’s Vaughn Groenewald and Theunis
Spangenberg. Jacques Kruyswijk and Charl Coetzee were in a share of fifth at
“I made my
first bogey on six,” said Schietekat who started his round on the 10th.
“It was just a mental error. I just wasn’t thinking and it kind of woke me up.
Seven is not an easy par-three, but I hit a five-iron to about 10 feet. That
settled me down and I hit some good shots coming in.
hitting my irons amazingly well. I’m not so hot with the driver, though. I hit
driver three times out there today. I’m hitting a lot of three-woods off the
tee box, just trying to get the ball into play, because there’s a lot of bush
into his round with two birdies on his first nine, on the 13th and
18th, taking advantage of the near-perfect conditions in the
morning. “There wasn’t a breath of wind for the first nine holes,” he said. “It
was getting up during the last four or five holes I played, and I think it’s
going to be quite testing later.”
turned out, all four players who finished on four-under played in the
afternoon, and their rounds had weather conditions that were the mirror image
of those faced by Schietekat in the morning.
think the wind was up at all,” said Engell Andersen. “At the beginning, there
were times when it seemed to be one-and-a-half, two clubs, but it died down and
it was pleasant all day.”
making an error wasn’t as punitive as it was for some of the other players.
Ockie Strydom had a triple-bogey on his card, while Wallie Coetsee and Jaco
Ahlers each had a double as they finished at one-under for the first round.
haven’t been comfortable with my driver for the last four or five weeks,” said
“I’ve got a game plan. Even if I have to hit two-iron off the tee,
and that means I have to come in with another two-iron, because I’m hitting my
irons well, I’m comfortable with that.”
67 - Neil
68 - Stefan Engell Andersen, Vaughn Groenewald, Theunis Spangenberg
69 - Jacques Kruyswijk, Charl Coetzee
70 - Jason Froneman, Alex Haindl, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Doug McGuigan, Keith Horne, Andrew Curlewis, Bryce Easton, Jean-Paul Strydom
71 - Mark Williams, Ockie Strydom, MJ Viljoen, Henry Featherstone, Danie van Tonder, Titch Moore, Keenan Davidse, Wallie Coetsee, Jaco Ahlers
72 - Antonio Rosado, Anthony Michael, Colin Nel, Lindani Ndwandwe, Breyten Meyer, Pieter Kruger, Lyle Rowe
73 - Allan Versfeld, Justin Harding, Ryan Tipping, Warren Abery, Alan Michell, Jake Redman
74 - Jason Viljoen, Peter Karmis, Ruan de Smidt, Wynand Dingle, Louis de Jager, Jared Harvey, Mark Murless
75 - Tyrone Mordt, Drikus van der Walt, Stuart Smith, Gert Myburgh, Jacquin Hess
76 - JJ Senekal, Madalitso Muthiya, Merrick Bremner, Heinrich Bruiners, Oliver Bekker, Gideon Pienaar, Derick Petersen, Tyron McComb, Tyrone Ferreira, Le Roux Ferreira, Allister de Kock, Stephen Ferreira
77 - Christiaan Basson, Erik van Rooyen, Rourke van der Spuy, Ben Fouchee, Neal Herman, Drikus Bruyns, Nic Henning
78 - Teaghan Gauche, Jeff Inglis, PH McIntyre, Bryn Flanagan, Ruan Pretorius, Dayne Moore, Dwayne Basson, Callum Mowat
79 - Jason Diab, PJ Woest, Gerrit Foster, Shane Granger
80 - Greg Bentley, Jonathan Agren, Steven Ferreira
81 - Matthew Carvell
82 - Jeff Hopkins, Bryce Bibby, Trevor Mahoney
83 - Johan Engelbrecht
86 - Darren Tibshraeny