Jared a cut above the rest at Sun City
Jared Harvey, fresh off his maiden victory, played sublime golf at the Sunshine Big Easy Tour’s Gary Player Country Club tournament, where his opening 67 gave him a three-stroke lead.
“I don’t know if tomorrow could be as good, but the confidence is high and my game is pretty sharp. I’ve put myself in a good position to win again, and that’s all I’ve been trying in my first rounds. I want to give myself the chance to have a go at winning, because that’s what we play for,” he said.
The 23-year-old rookie was one of just three players to go below the card on Wednesday, and seemed to play a different course to his competitors, cruising to five-under in spite of the tough layout.
“The course is very tough, and it’s mentally draining to play. I was on the green for two on the 18th and I let out a big sigh, because if you lose your sense of concentration just once then the course will take it from you. One bad swing here can lead to a really big number, so you’ve got to commit to every shot. From the tee until the ball is in the hole, from the first to the 18th is full-on concentration,” he said.
A fortnight ago, Harvey shot consecutive 69s on the East Course at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club for his first professional win. That victory factored into his five-under-par opening round this week.
“That win did a lot,” he said. “You feel that sense of confidence from having done it before, having crossed that finish line. You get that when everyone on the range is saying ‘well done’. You feed off that and it makes you feel good. It gives you that sense of belonging – I’ve crossed that line before and I believe I can do it again.
“I’m not really surprised by the score I made – it was just a flawless round with no bogeys on the card, so I’m really chuffed. I felt comfortable today, with my surroundings and the course, so I put up a good score. That 67 has put me into a great position, especially at a course like this.”
Attie Schwartzel shot an impressive two-under-par 70 to take sole possession of second. He recently took a share of 18th at Vodacom Origins of Golf De Zalze and is unlikely to let victory slip away without a fight.
Tour veteran Sammy Daniels was the only other player to break par, shooting 71 to take a first-round hold on third. Graham van der Merwe and Wynand Dingle wrapped up the day a further stroke back and shared fourth.
(RSA unless otherwise specified):
67 - Jared Harvey
70 - Attie Schwartzel
71 - Sammy Daniels
72 - Graham van der Merwe , Wynand Dingle
74 - Shaun Smith (AMA) , Mark Williams , Martin du Toit
75 - Henk Alberts , PG van Zyl , Jeff Inglis (ENG), Tyrone Ryan , Steven Ferreira , Francois Coetzee
76 - David Ryan , Juan Langeveld
77 - Beyers Smith , Michael Dreyer , Ryan Thompson , Coenie Stoop , John Bele , Musiwalo Nethunzwi (AMA), Paul Bradshaw
78 - Riekus Nortje , Divan Gerber , Dayne Moore (ZAM), Ignatius Mketekete (ZIM), Vickesh Singh , Morne Buys , Lean Boezaart ,Ross Wellington , Michael Hollick
79 - Bennie van der Merwe , Thriston Lawrence (AMA) , Brendan de Lange , Irvin Mazibuko , Stuart Clark (WAL), Clifford Howes ,Roberto Lupini , Steven van Heerden , Mark Fensham
80 - Mikhail Tewary , Derik Ferreira , Ashley Roestoff , Albert Tsai , Michael du Toit , Louis Calitz, Patrick Spindler ,Blanche Lamprecht
81 - Alpheus Kelapile , Teboho Sefatsa , Wandile Gininda , Pieter Moolman
82 - Drikus van der Walt , Kenneth Dube , Yubin Jung , Walter Els , Brett Liddle
83 - Coenie Bester , Zuko Sangqu , Warren Holland , Thabo Maseko
84 - Nathan Waghorn
85 - Willie Steyn , Johan Bekker , Thanda Mavundla , Chris Williams
92 - Thabang Simon