4th July 2017 | Big Easy Tour
Dingle takes â€˜unexpectedâ€™ lead at Houghton
Wynand Dingle was happy with his start to the Big Easy Houghton tournament where he shot a low six-under-par 66 to take an â€˜unexpected leadâ€™ lead going into the final round.
Despite dropping three shots on the ninth hole â€“ his last â€“ where he was on nine-under already, and where a birdie there would have taken him to double digits, Dingle felt the result was good enough.
â€œI just played well all day,â€ Dingle said after his round, â€œand I hit my driver really well and I putted pretty well the whole day.â€
Having started on 10, Dingle wasted no time in getting into his groove; firing in four birdies and an eagle on the back nine- which was his front. He did not relent on the homeward stretch as he shot in three more birdies before an unwanted triple-bogey on his last hole ruined what would have been a perfect round.
â€œCertainly unexpected,â€ he said about topping the leaderboard on day one. â€œI have been feeling a bit sick the last few days so I have not been playing much golf, and Iâ€™m pretty surprised to be among the leaders here.â€
In a tight affair at the top, Drikus van der Walt and Coert Groenewald occupy second spot on five-under par after they both shot 67s. Van der Waltâ€™s six birdies on the day were cancelled out by the bogey he made on the fourth hole, while Groenewald made two bogeys and seven birdies to get to five-under.
â€œYeah I am very chuffed with the round,â€ said Van der Walt. â€œThe greens are a little bit slower, so they are a bit forgiving. I made a couple of mistakes with short little pitch shots but apart from that, it was good.â€
Desne van den Berg and Dean Oâ€™Riley share fourth on four-under-par while Portugalâ€™s Antonio Rosado is tied at sixth with Roberto Lupini, amateur Matt Saulez and six others on three-under par.