Grobbelaar grabs KZN Disabled Open lead
Wednesday, 3 May 2023: Iglin Grobbelaar holds a two-stroke lead over Trevor Reich after carding a three-over par 73 in round one of the Nomads Kwa-Zulu Natal Disabled Open at Mount Edgecombe Country Club’s The Lakes on Wednesday.
Grobbelaar’s opening-nine featured bogeys at the 3rd, 6th and 9th holes respectively as he made the turn in 38.
A steadier second-nine followed in which the Les Autres golfer offset a bogey-5 at the 13th with a birdie-2 at the 15th. The remaining holes of the inward half consisted of seven pars.
“I think the big highlight of my round was probably the 15th hole – a beautiful hole with an island-style green. I hit a 7-iron to about a foot, it literally rolled over the right side of the cup!, Grobbelaar said.
“I breathed a sigh of relief after being three-over and then bringing it back in level on the second-nine.”
Two-strokes adrift of two-time SA Disabled Open champion Grobbelaar is leg-amputee Trevor Reich who carded a round of 75, the highlight of which was a birdie-3 at the 11th hole. Kelvin Van Baalen is a further shot behind after signing for a round of 76.
Despite being in pole position, Grobbelaar acknowledged that anything can happen in the final round.
“I may be the leader but there are some quality golfers that all have a chance tomorrow, it’s not over till the fat lady sings!”
Crawford in command of Physically-Disabled Stableford
Les Autres golfer Sebastian Crawford holds a six-point advantage over Eugene jansen van Vuuren thanks to a first round tally of 33 points.
Crawford’s round was highlighted by five three-pointers, two of which came over his closing three holes.
Timely two-pointers throughout the round ensured Crawford’s score kept ticking over. Despite closing with a one-pointer, he’lll fancy his chances heading into the final round.
Botha leads Deaf medal
Jay-Jay Botha made a steady start to his bid for another KZN Disabled Open crown, carding a 10-over par 80 to open up a four-stroke lead over Charles Williams in the Deaf Medal division.
Botha’s first-nine of 40 consisted of three bogeys and a double-bogey to go along with five pars.
Double-bogeys at the 16th and 18th undermined what was otherwise a solid inward-half. Despite the untimely blemishes, Botha is handily placed though one shouldn’t bet against Williams making a final round run at the trophy!
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