Round One Wrap: Ebotse Links Disabled Open

Ebotse Links, 4 March 2024: Get caught up on all the round one action from the second event of the All Abilities Golf Tour supported by Nomads, the Ebotse Links Disabled Open.

Physically-Disabled Medal: Grobbelaar heads congested leaderboard

Les Autres golfer Iglin Grobbelaar made a steady start to his Ebotse Links Disabled Open campaign as he carded a three-over 75 which helped him open up a two-stroke advantage over David Watts and Kelvin van Baalen.

Grobbelaar signalled his intent with Birdies at the 3rd and 7th holes though back-to-back Bogeys at the 8th and 9th meant he made the turn in level-par 36. Dropped shots at the 11th, 13th and 14th threatened to derail the PGA Professional’s promising start but he held things together well down the stretch by recording his third red number of the day at the 16th.

Despite giving the shot back at the very next hole, Grobbelaar is handily placed to improve upon his 4th-place showing in the first AAGT event of the season at the Country Club Johannesburg Disabled Open.

Grobbelaar’s nearest challengers, Van Baalen and Watts, carded matching first-nines of 37 before both coming home in four-over 40 to ensure it’s all to play for in the final round.

Physically-Disabled Stableford: Steenkamp the man to catch in Physically-Disabled Stableford  

Still in just his third-ever golf for the disabled event, Roux Steenkamp is beginning to make the Physically-Disabled Stableford division his own. Beginning on Ebotse’s Par-4 10th hole, the arm-amputee showed no ill-effects from the early-morning tee-time as he began his day with an astonishing four three-pointers in a row. Though just three points followed over the next three holes, Steenkamp bounced back superbly with a four-pointer at his 8th hole of the day to turn with 19 points to his name.

A four-pointer at the 4th hole and three-pointers at the 1st and 8th highlighted an inward-half of 18 points which ensures Steenkamp begins the final round with a three-point cushion over Blind golfer Ernst Conradie.

Deaf Medal: Williams leads Deaf Medal

Deaf golfer Charles Williams didn’t have it all his own way in round one but even as he battled to an opening 91 he managed to earn a three-shot lead over Mark Maconochie. 

Williams was behind the 8-ball early after carding two Double-bogeys in his first three holes. Three consecutive pars followed before a Bogey at the 16th hole and a Double-Bogey at 17 meant Williams signed for an opening-nine of 43.

It was a struggle on the inward half with four Double-Bogeys and two Double Bogeys consigning Williams to a second-nine 48. 

Deaf Stableford: Asia edges two clear of Goliath in Deaf Stableford

Aiden Asia got off to a flying start in the Deaf Stableford division as he notched a four-pointer at the Par-4 10th before four handy two-pointers preceded a great three-pointer at the 18th hole as Asia turned with 16 points.

The Deaf golfer played sublime golf after the turn, notching an impressive five three-pointers en route to 22 second-nine points. 

Kyle Goliath is within striking distance of Asia heading into the final round after amassing five three-pointers of his own in a round of 36 points that leaves the Deaf Stableford delicately poised. 

Photo: South African Disabled Golf Association