Amateur McLatchie leads Big Easy at Killarney
Amateur Kyle McClatchie maintained his recent good form on Tuesday as he carded a fine seven-under-par 63 to lead the first Sunshine Big Easy Tour event of 2017 being played at Killarney Country Club.
He came into this week on the back of beating Luca Filippi 4 & 3 for the Western Province Amateur title on Saturday at Westlake Golf Club. At the end of the first round, he held a substantial four-stroke lead over the other amateur in the field, Slade Pickering, in the 36-hole event, with Bennie van der Merwe in third on two-under, and a group of three players on one-under.
“It was a great round of golf,” he said. “It was nice to keep the bogeys off the card – I did make two, but there were lots of birdies and lots of good shots, so I’m really happy with my work today.”
He started on the 10th, and was well into his work with a birdie on 11. But he bogeyed 12 and then made two more birdies and an eagle ahead of the turn. On his homeward nine, he made four birdies and a bogey.
“I’ve been working really hard throughout the beginning of the year, and I’ve had some nice results the last couple of weeks, and that helped me bring some confidence in here,” he said. “The game’s feeling really good.
“I think my iron play is something that’s really improved a lot over the last two months. I’m hitting lots of shots close and giving myself a lot more chances for birdie than I have been. The putter’s working well as usual, so my irons have really put me in the game and where I am today.”
It’s not his first taste of action on the Big Easy Tour. “I’m hoping to go one better than my second spot in the Big Easy tournament at Kempton Park last year,” he said. “It’s a different atmosphere round professional tournaments, but the level of golf in the amateurs has been really good recently so I feel comfortable out here which is exactly what I’ve been trying to achieve. It’s the same game – it’s a white ball on green grass, and that’s what I try and focus on.”
63 – Kyle McClatchie
67 – Slade Pickering
68 – Bennie van der Merwe
69 – Jacques P de Villiers, Anton Haig, Paul de Beer
70 – Antonio Rosado, Divan Gerber, Jeff Inglis
71 – TB Mathebula, Brett Liddle, Neezy Thubisi, Etienne Bond, Teagan Moore, Jabulane Mabilane, Richie O’Donovan, Maritz Wessels
72 – Kyle Barker, Duane Keun, Teboho Sefatsa, Bryandrew Roelofsz, Jastice Mashego
73 – Bryce McCabe, Lincon Cele, Andre Cruse, Conway Kunneke
74 – Drikus van der Walt, Bryn Flanagan, Quintin Crause, Tertius van den Berg, Mpho Mafishe
75 – Tyron McComb, John Mc Clean, Dylan Docherty, Adriel Poonan, Jonathan Waschefort
76 – Gideon Pienaar, Neal Herman, Marais Visagie, Gert Myburgh
77 – Kenneth Dube, Russel Franz
79 – Jeff Hopkins, Alpheus Kelapile
80 – Louis Botha
81 – Marco de Beer
83 – Walter Seokemong
86 – Tumie Motale
DQ – Thabang Simon, John Bele