Dylan Naidoo kept mistakes to a minimum on Thursday as he carded a five-under-par 67 to join in a four-way share of the first-round lead in the Bushveld Tour’s two-day event at Parkview Golf Club.
He made just a single bogey to go with his six birdies and that drew him level with Kyle Barker, Luke Brown and Slade Pickering. All three of those players had more than one blemish on their cards as Naidoo, who has recently earned conditional status on the McKenzie Tour in Canada, showed the value of not compounding errors.
Naidoo made his bogey on the fourth, after had picked up shots on the first and the third. But that was to be the last drop on his card, as he made four more birdies, on the sixth, ninth 13th and 15th.
Barker got it to nine-under by the 14th but a bogey on 15 and a triple-bogey seven on the 16th saw him slip back into clutches of the other leaders.
Brown was flawless at six-under through 12, but then he made bogey on 13. It all looked to be back on track when he eagled the par-five 14th. It was all par going home until he made double on the closing hole.
Pickering made three birdies and two bogeys on his front nine, and then he put his foot down. After making birdie on nine to round out his outward journey, he made three birdies in a row immediately after the turn. He made eagle-three on 13, and another birdie on 14 as he surged to seven-under. But he dropped two shots with a double-bogey six on the 16th.
The leading group had a one-stroke edge over Stephen Ferreira, while Hayden Griffiths, Jacques Blaauw and amateur Ryan van Velzen were all on three-under-par.