Lindani continues to shine at Royal
Lindani Ndwandwe continued his run of good form at the Sunshine Big Easy Tour’s Royal Johannesburg & Kensington tournament on Tuesday, where he shot a leading 69 for round one.
“I just played today, and decided to take whatever comes. It felt like I played solidly out there, because this is a long course and it’s a test of ball striking, so you have to keep calm,” he said.
The 38-year-old has not missed a cut in his last eight starts, and continued to impress on Tuesday at the tough East Course of Royal Johannesburg, where he shot 69.
While he plays out of Durban Country Club, Ndwandwe has plenty of experience at the East Course, which is also the venue for the Joburg Open each year. He made five birdies during the round, but a double-bogey at the 15th limited his scoring.
“I had one double, but I managed to keep it together. On the par four 15th, which was on my front nine, I hit it in the water and eventually made six. But I birdied the 17th and 18th to turn one-under, and I kept it steady from there,” he said.
At Big Easy Benoni a fortnight ago, Ndwandwe shot rounds of 70 and 69 to finished tied second on five-under-par, one stroke shy of winner Kevin Stone.
This week Ndwande will look to secure his first Big Easy win, and 15 years of professional golf have prepared him for the moment.
“I just want to play and wait for my turn. The Big Easy is more relaxed and fun, and it reminds me of the good old days as an amateur. But it does help having these tournaments to keep going, because we keep up with a tournament routine and that’s important,” he added.
Chasing the lead was Morne Buys, who shook off the cold morning conditions and made three birdies around the turn. The Big Easy Modderfontein winner started on the 10th and looked set to lead until a bogey at the ninth set him back to two-under for the day.
By the end of the day Beyers Smith and Nic Henning had joined Buys in a tie for second on two-under-par. The three players will surely be aiming to overtake Ndwande during the final round on Wednesday.
69 - Lindani Ndwandwe
70 - Morne Buys , Beyers Smith , Nic Henning
71 - Thriston Lawrence (AMA) , Shaun Smith , Dean O'Riley , Derik Ferreira , Jaco Prinsloo , Daniel Hammond , Anton Haig , CJ du Plessis , Divan Gerber
72 - Ruan Huysamen (NAM) , Gert Myburgh , Otto van Greunen , Erik van Rooyen , Aubrey Barnard , Tsietsi Mofokeng (LES) , Makgetha Mazibuko , Neil Cheetham (ENG) , Graham van der Merwe , Thabo Maseko
73 - Allister de Kock , Johan de Beer , Bryan Martin (USA) , Heinrich Bruiners , Thabang Simon , Maritz Wessels , Clifford Howes , Mark Fensham , Jonathan Raphunga , Paul Marks
74 - Steven van Heerden , Henk Alberts , Jacques Kruyswijk , Ian Hutchings , Michael Loppnow , Sipho Bujela , Ryan Tipping , Coenie Bester , Willie van der Merwe , Drikus van der Walt
75 - Conway Kunneke (AMA) , Stephen Ferreira (POR) , Patrick Spindler , Pieter Moolman , Coenie Stoop , Yubin Jung , Musiwalo Nethunzwi , Andre Cruse , Micky Hough (ZIM) , Brett Liddle , Steven Ferreira , Toto Thimba (Jnr) , Kevin Stone , James Searson
76 - Juan Langeveld , Jacques de Villiers , Francois Coetzee , Zander Lombard (AMA) , Desne van den Bergh , Michael du Toit , Prinavin Nelson , Paul Elton , Irvin Mazibuko
77 - John Bele , Ryan Thompson , Mark Murless , Rudy Whitfield , Rocky Tlhabanyane , Louis Calitz
78 - Nathan Waghorn , Lean Boezaart , Duane Keun , Shaun Ellis , Jaco Olver , Hano van der Walt , Bradley Sinnett , Terence Salo , Omar Sandys , Chris Erasmus , Attie Schwartzel , Jeff Inglis (ENG) , Paul Bradshaw
Missed the cut:
79 - Nelson Mudanyi (KEN), Stuart Smith (BOT), Dayne Moore (ZAM), Mark Mahoney, PG van Zyl, Johan Bekker, Tsietsi Chabangu
80 - Terence Boardman, Scott Ferguson (ZIM), Raymond Mathonsi (SWZ)
81 - Wendell Bossenger, Riaan Matthee, Callie Swart, Alpheus Kelapile, Michael Scholz
82 - Peter Dlamini (SWZ)
83 - Mogamat Aslam Mallick (AMA), Justin Levy (NED)
86 - Lebo Ramukosi
88 - Johann Mostert