Estiaan Conradie and Fredrik From mixed beautifully within the betterball format on the primary day of the Bain’s Whisky Ubunye Championship at Blue Valley Golf Property.
13 birdies and an eagle gave them a rating of 15-under-par 57 to complete three strokes away from Martin Rohwer and Merrick Bremner on 12-under-par 60, whereas Jaco Prinsloo and Clinton Grobler, Heinrich Bruiners and Jacquin Hess, and Luca Filippi and Ryan van Velzen all posted 11 below 61s.
“It was a number of enjoyable. I take pleasure in betterball,” Conradie stated. “It helps to be an aggressive participant like me, with my accomplice backing me up rather well. We labored effectively collectively and I’m tremendous comfortable.
“Our model is a little bit of a mixture and match, but it surely labored for us with me being extra aggressive and Fredrik extra conservative.”
The truth that Conradie and the 33-year-old From dovetailed so effectively with their completely different kinds of play truly complementing one another meant they had been cruising from the beginning of their spherical.
Teeing off on the tenth gap of the Gary Participant-designed course, Conradie and his Swedish accomplice birdied 4 of their first six holes, and he stated they had been in a contented temper as they approached the flip.
“We had been in good spirits after which we bought 5 birdies in a row, so we had been actually comfortable once we reached the par-five third. I hit the center of the golf green after which Fredrik was in the midst of the inexperienced, 20-25 ft away in two and I put my second 10-12 ft behind the flag. He left his putt simply quick, which meant I had a free putt and the proper line. That was a very nice eagle to get.”
Situations had been good for low scoring on Thursday, however the 24-year-old Conradie stated he expects the foursomes within the second spherical to throw up some completely different challenges.
“Situations had been good, there was only a gentle breeze and the greens had been fairly good. You’ll be able to’t ask for significantly better circumstances to play golf. However enjoying foursomes means issues will change a bit. However we’ve labored on our gameplan and our model of play will work fairly effectively, I believe.
“Foursomes has been a spotlight for us as a result of we have now not performed loads collectively and it’s one thing we’ll should be good at. We have now excessive hopes.”
The golfers will return to the betterball format for the third and ultimate spherical on Saturday.