Metropolitan Golf Club, 8 May 2022: Kean Dry shot a first-round 7-over par 77 to open up a three-shot lead over Brandon Show after round one of the Metropolitan Disabled Open at Metropolitan Golf Club on Sunday.
Solid ball-striking was the hallmark of Dry’s day and were it not for five three-putts his lead could have been even bigger.
His opening nine featured six pars while a birdie at the par-3 9th helped him offset some of the damage done by dropped shots at the 1st, 3rd and 7th holes respectively.
A double-bogey at the stroke-1 10th hole and a bogey at the 11th wasn’t ideal but Dry managed to pick up a birdie-3 at the 13th. Though he made bogeys at his final two holes, the Team South representative is in pole-position heading into the second and final round.
Les Autes golfer Ignation Douries meanwhile is alone in 3rd-place after carding an 85.
Dry will play the final round in the company of Shaw and the stage is set for an intriguing battle.
Els Leads Physically-Disabled Stableford
Blind golfer Morne Els’ round-one of 32 points helped him open up a three-point lead over JJ Joubert.
Els played a very consistent round which can largely be attributed to his accuracy off the tee. The Team South player’s front-nine featured six two-pointers and a par at the par-4 7th which yielded a further three points.
Having turned with 16 points to his credit, Els offset a one-pointer at the 11th with two-pointers at the 12th and 13th respectively. Consecutive three-pointers at the 14th and 15th kept Els’ tally ticking over at a healthy rate and he signed for an inward nine of 16 points.
The final round is an intriguing prospect with Joubert three points adrift and Anthony Roberts a further point behind.
Janse Van Rensburg Leads Deaf Strokeplay
Kosie janse van Rensburg’s opening-round 84 earned him an eight-stroke advantage over Albie Louw in the Deaf Strokeplay.
Janse van Rensburg endured a difficult start with seven dropped shots in as many holes. Back-to-back pars to close out the nine helped the King David Mowbray Golf Club member steady the ship as he made the turn.
A double-bogey at the 10th was followed by a bogey at the next but the Deaf golfer kept fighting and registered three pars in a row from the 12th.
Janse van Rensburg dug deep down the stretch. After a triple-bogey 6 at the 15th, he made pars at the 16th and 17th before a closing bogey-4 to complete a second-ne 42.
Nkomo, Zee Lead Deaf Stableford
Sisa Nkomo underlined his tremendous promise in the opening round as he carded 32 points to open a slender one-point advantage over fellow Dominican School For The Deaf pupil Kyle Goliath.
The first-nine for the most part was a challenge for Nkomo but a par-3 at the 9th for four points was the turning point for the Cape Town Disabled Open winner.
A three-pointer at the 10th was followed by a second four-pointer at the 13th as Nkomo grew in confidence. Two-pointers at the 14th, 16th and 18th helped Nkomo keep his tally ticking over at a healthy rate. A three-pointer at the 17th meanwhile was integral to Nkomo signing for a closing-nine of 19 points.
With Goliath just a shot adrift, there’s all to play for in the mens’ section of the Deaf Stableford.
Zee Zee meanwhile leads the Ladies’ section after a round of 31 points. Five two-pointers and a three-pointer powered her to an outward-nine of 16 points.
Zee kept playing fantastic golf on the homeward nine – three-pointers at the 10th, 11th and 18th the hallmarks of a second-nine of 15 points.
Edna Huys meanwhile carded 22 points to sit in 2nd-place after the opening round.
The final round of the Metropolitan Disabled Open promises to be enthralling throughout. This event wouldn’t be possible without the support of Metropolitan Golf Club, Golf RSA and Western Province Golf and the SADGA extends a collective thank you to all three parties for their support of disabled golf.
Photo: Craig Stirton/ South African Disabled Golf Association