Slabbert’s title defence on track
History was made when the Silver Falcons opened a golf tournament for the first time in their 45-year history as one of the world’s elite aerobatic teams. And Daniel Slabbert is hoping he can make some history of his own after sharing the lead in Monday’s first round of the Nedbank SA Disabled Open at the Langebaan Country Estate.
Slabbert opened with a five-over-par 77 to share the lead with Christo de Jager, five strokes clear of two-time SA Open champion Iglin Grobbelaar and Reinard Schuhknecht.
It was a good start for Slabbert considering that he opened with a double bogey, which he put down to some nerves at defending a title for the first time.
“I was a bit nervous, so I’m glad to get the first round out of the way and I can now focus on the next two days.”
Under blue skies and with hardly any wind, single leg amputee Slabbert will feel he could’ve taken more advantage off his two handicap.
“It was a good start, but I left a few birdie putts out there. The greens are very tricky and it’s hard to read them correctly. But overall I’m hitting it solid so I’m happy with that.”
De Jager, who finished joint third here last year, was thrilled to be sharing the lead against the younger generation of disabled golf stars.
“I feel very satisfied. I shot a 90 in the practice round so I wasn’t expecting much. Daniel is a good golfer and we all know it. I don’t know about a win for me, but I’ll give it my best.”
De Jager did extremely well off his 10 handicap in the face of an eight on the par-four 15th, where he hit his drive out of bounds.
The out of bounds also cost Schuhknecht, who made an eight on the par-five fourth. And Grobbelaar was undone by his putter.
77 Daniel Slabbert, Christo de Jager
82 Iglin Grobbelaar, Reinard Schuhknecht
85 Chris Wood, Robin Singh
86 Andrew Boltman
87 Morne Cronje, Danie Jordaan
88 Trevor Reich