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25th June 2024 | Big Easy Tour

Vorster leads by one in Betway Big Easy Tour season-opener

The new Betway Big Easy Tour season got off to an exciting start at Benoni Country Club where Parys Golf and Country Club member, Leon Vorster, shot an impressive five-under 67 to lead by one shot after Tuesday’s round.

With Betway as the new sponsor of this Sunshine Tour feeder circuit, there was excitement all round the clubhouse at Benoni Country Club as the 2024/25 season got underway. Vorster was as outstanding as ever and produced a fine round of golf to take the early lead.

“I played really well today,” he said. “I putted well too. This course is quite tight, you know, but I think if you hit your driver well you will give yourself opportunities. The course is not very long and if you hit your driver well and get dialled in with your wedges, you can get some good scores around here.”

Vorster opened his round with an eagle and two birdies in the first five holes to set himself up for a good round. He dropped on 15 – his sixth hole of the day – but made up for that with a birdie on the first which was his 10th hole. Those gains were soon lost, however, as he dropped on two. He made further gains on the 14th and closed with another birdie for a slim one-stroke lead.

“I hit a very good driver on 10; just on the left of the fairway. Then, I hit a 5-iron to about six-feet; straight uphill putt and it was in the hole. It was a great start and I couldn’t have asked for anything better.”

Coming in with an impressive score of his own – a 68 – veteran campaigner and member of the Papwa Sewgolum Class, Irvin Mazibuko put his experience out for all to see. En route to his four-under 68 opening round, the Soweto Country Club player didn’t drop a single shot on Tuesday. He is in a three-way share of second spot alongside Tyron Davidowitz and Gerhard Trytsman.

“You needed to be patient today,” Mazibuko said. “It was a day of patience even though I was hitting the ball well. This course is not as long but it is tough like the others we play on the Betway Big Easy Tour. The main thing is to hit the greens here and be patient if you’re not making putts; keep going. So, I would say the key for me was patience; being able to wait for your opportunities and when they came, you take advantage.”

Davidowitz said of his first round: “I got off to a good start; birdied two of the first four holes. And then, I hit a couple of bad drives and made a couple of bogeys and shot four-under with a bogey-free back nine. That was nice.”

Eugene du Plessis, Brandon Gildenhuys and another member of the Papwa Sewgolum Class, Musiwalo Nethunzwi, share fifth on the leaderboard after they all shot 69s. Tyrone Ryan, Richard Kruger, Thabang Simon, Toto Thimba Jnr and Yurav Premlal share eighth on two-under-par.