Sunshine Tour

Ferreira, Karmis lead Sun Sibaya Challenge

2016-10-26 17:19
Le Roux Ferreira (Gallo Images)

Mount Edgecome - Le Roux Ferreira and Peter Karmis set alight a rainy Mount Edgecombe Country Club on day one of the Sun Sibaya Challenge, firing nine-under-par 63s in the R750 000 event. 

Still four-shots off Karmis' Sunshine Tour best of 59 at Royal Swazi Spa Golf Course, the pair of 63’s on Mount Edgecombe's Course 2 sees the two men lead by two-strokes from Portugal’s Stephen Ferreira.

“I putted phenomenally today. My caddie, West, gave me excellent lines the whole day and I hit some really good putts and I had a lot of faith in him. He was in the zone with the reading of the putts and I just had to follow his instructions,” Karmis said of his 63.

Like Karmis, Ferreira showed brilliant touch on the greens, and it’s the knowledge of being able to sink more putts that has lead to a change in game plan.

“It’s all about confidence. You know, this game is just so weird and it’s all about confidence. I’ve been hitting it well all year and when you don’t make putts you start going for pins that you don’t usually go for. Now that I know I’m going to make a couple of putts I can be a little bit more conservative,” said Ferreira.

Currently sitting 83rd on the Order of Merit, Ferreira says he’s looking to finish the year on a strong note.

“For where I am on the money list, I’ve got a little bit of a wake-up call and hopefully I can keep on going like this.”

Stephen Ferreira came into the week after a solid showing at last week’s Euphoria, and the Borrowdale Brooke Golf Club representative will be looking for a third top-10 this year.

Ockie Strydom and Ryan Tipping share fourth place on six-under, while local man Jared Harvey is among four others in a share of sixth on five-under-par.

63 - Le Roux Ferreira, Peter Karmis

65 - Stephen Ferreira

66 - Ockie Strydom, Ryan Tipping

67 - Ulrich van den Berg, Jared Harvey, Russel Franz, Charl Coetzee, Brett Liddle

68 - Lindani Ndwandwe, Rourke van der Spuy, Daniel Greene, Heinrich Bruiners, Makhetha Mazibuko, Thanda Mavundla, CJ du Plessis, Oliver Bekker, Jonathan Agren, Christiaan Basson, Ryan Cairns, Wynand Dingle, Antonio Rosado

69 - PH McIntyre, Tjaart van der Walt, Merrick Bremner, Madalitso Muthiya, Arthur Horne, Matthew Carvell, Wallie Coetsee, Justin Harding, Titch Moore, Mark Williams, Bryce Easton

70 - Callum Mowat, Kevin Rundle, Ruan Pretorius, Tyron McComb, JJ Senekal, Michael Hollick, Vaughn Groenewald, Andrew Georgiou, Mark Murless

71 - Zander Lombard, Chris Swanepoel, Allister de Kock, Jason Froneman, Toto Thimba, Adilson Da Silva, Tyrone Ferreira, Tyrone Mordt

72 - Danie van Tonder, Ruan de Smidt, Brandon Stone, Gert Myburgh, Martin Rominger, Pieter Kruger, Warren Abery, Bryce Bibby, Jake Redman, Andrew Curlewis, Steven Ferreira

73 - Greg Bentley, Stuart Smith, Siphiwe Siphayi, Divan van den Heever, Steve Surry, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Jacques Kruyswijk, MJ Viljoen, Jason Diab, Calvin Pearson, Stefan Engell Andersen, Alan Michell, Hennie du Plessis, Doug McGuigan, Mikhail Tewary

74 - Bryn Flanagan, Lyle Rowe, Anthony Michael, Jeff Inglis

75 - Neil Schietekat, Teaghan Gauche, Morne Buys, Jacquin Hess, Gideon Pienaar, Phillip Ndlovu

76 - Colin Nel, Derick Petersen, Alex Haindl

77 - Neal Herman, Shane Granger, Jeff Hopkins, Allan Versfeld, Grant Muller

78 - Leorin Pillay

80 - Joe Dludlu

81 - Kangwine Chiluba, Hanko Bothma

DSQ - Johan Smit

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