Van Wyk one of five leading at Centurion on five-under

Keelan van Wyk was one of five players on five-under-par 67 on Monday after the first round of the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour’s Road to the Sunshine Tour #13 at Centurion Country Club.

Van Wyk was one of three players in a share of the lead who didn’t drop a shot. He made five birdies, as did amateur Slade Pickering and Reinhardt Blaauw. The other two players on five-under, Dean O’Riley and DK Kim, each dropped two shots in addition to making seven birdies.

The five had a one-stroke lead over Jancarel Rossouw, Keaton Slatter and Jaco van der Merwe at four-under. There were eight players in a share of ninth at three-under, including recent winners in Herman Loubser, Ryan van Velzen, Jason Froneman, Ian Snyman and Franklin Manchest.

Van Wyk kicked off his round with consecutive birdies on one and two, and there were two more ahead of the turn on six and nine. Things were a lot quieter on his back nine, as he made just one gain on the par-five 12th.

Scoring was generally tougher on the homeward nine, as Blaauw picked up an eagle on 14, Pickering birdies on 10 and 13, and Kim had birdies on 15 and 15 countered by his bogey on 13.

Of the leaders, O’Riley fared best on the back nine, opening with an eagle two on the par-four 10th. He didn’t drop any shots, making birdies on 12 and 18 as he carded 32 on that nine.

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