Daniel van Tonder continued his dominance of the Sunshine Tour’s Rise-Up Series as he
opened with a nine-under-par 63 including two eagles to lead the first round of the Vodacom
Championship Reloaded at Huddle Park Golf Club on Wednesday.
Van Tonder is one clear of Christiaan Basson and Louis de Jager, and with two rounds to go he
is on track to claim his third victory on the five-tournament Rise-Up Series.
“Everything about my game just feels really good at the moment. I’m very happy. I played simple
golf again. I hit driver a lot and gave myself chances to hit wedges close to the pins. I made one
bogey on the par-three third hole where I hit it over the green, but after that I made a few birdies
and two eagles so I’m quite happy,” he said.
Musiwalo Nethunzwi is only two shots off the lead after opening with a 65, while young star
Jayden Schaper is in contention once again after signing for a 66.
But Van Tonder is playing with such confidence at the moment that it would be hard to see past
him adding a third title on the series this week.
“I think it helps that I’ve got some good sponsors behind me now, and that takes a lot of pressure
off. I can go out there and play my golf,” he said.