5th May 2017 | Big Easy Tour
Bogey-free Groenewald leads in Kingâ€™s Cup
Coert Groenewald fired four birdies and an eagle on his back nine to sign for a superb eight-under-par 64 in round one of the Kingâ€™s Cup Big Easy Tour.
The back nine 30 coupled with a front nine of two-under-par 34 gave Groenewald a one-stroke lead over Swazilandâ€™s James Pennington.
â€œIâ€™m really happy with the round. I started nicely with two birdies in the first three holes. I putted really well and made some nice putts on the front nine but some putts just didnâ€™t go in. On the back nine it was a completely different story. I mean, shooting 30 on the back nine with no drops, Iâ€™m really happy with my round today,â€ explained Groenewald.
With the little rain Swaziland has had in the past few months, the course has suffered the repercussions and is playing extremely hard on the sloping layout.
â€œThe course is exceptionally dry. If you hit it on the wrong line the ball can go 50-yards offline. It makes hitting the fairways that much more important and also that much more difficult,â€ said Groenewald.
The fast start by Groenewald was an impressive one, and itâ€™s something the 27-year-old will need to build on as the Royal Swazi Spa Country Club has a history of yielding low scores.
â€œI donâ€™t think Iâ€™ll change my game plan for tomorrow. I think Iâ€™ll keep it exactly the same because it looks like itâ€™s working and Iâ€™m enjoying it. Iâ€™m hitting quite a few drivers off the tee and itâ€™s just about picking a line and making sure you stick to it,â€ he explained.
Pennigton carded an incredible 10 birdies in his seven-under-par round of 63, while Mark Murless lies in sole possession of third place after a six-under-par 66.
Murless, who started with six birdies in a row, laughed off his fast start and said he was looked forward to the remaining two days.
â€œThereâ€™s never a dull moment out here. Those six birdies, it was a lot of fun. It obviously wasnâ€™t so easy on the other nine but Iâ€™ll take it,â€ he said.