Schietekat shoots a faultless 65
NDOLA, Zambia: He came third at Ndola Golf Club when the Zambia Open was last played there in 2007, and Neil Schietekat found the course even more to his liking after his first round eightunder-par 65.
The 6,474-metre par-73 course was thicker and more difficult last time, but Schietekat and Titch Moore found the winter conditions more to their liking as the drier rough gave the ball a chance of getting through the grass into a playable position.
“I was hitting the ball really well, which is important here,” said Schietekat.
Moore pointed out that it was still important to be straight off the tees: “You can’t be skew here,” he said. “You have to be patient, too, with the greens not being as true as the ones we’re used to playing on,” he added.
“I was very relieved to sink a six-footer for par on the eighth,” agreed Schietekat, “because I really wasn’t sure of it and that would have been the only drop of my round had I missed.”
Schietekat got to eight-under with eight birdies, while Moore made six birdies and an eagle three on the 507-metre 14th.
“My birdie on nine came with a 40-footer,” said Schietekat, “which was quite amazing on these greens – it’s almost impossible to be sure of where it’s going.”
He’s looking for a maiden win on the Sunshine Tour, having come close with his share of third at the Nashua Golf Challenge in May.
Moore has been playing well on the Sunshine Tour since March, but has been unable to add to his seven career wins: “I really just need to put together three good rounds in a row instead of just one or two at a time,” he said.
He and Schietekat led by one stroke from Nigeria’s Andrew Odoh, who was also pleased with his putting in his seven-under 66: “The rest of my game was fine, so making putts was important if I was to keep in touch with Neil and Titch,” he said.
Garry Hill and Desvonde Botes each carded 67 for a share of fourth, with Ryan Tipping a further shot back on 68.
Defending champion Tyrone Ferreira was eight shots off the pace with his level-par 73, enduring an up-and-down round with four birdies and four bogeys.