He played the best round of his life on Thursday, and it gave Stephen Ferreira of Portugal an 11-under-par 62 and the first round lead of the Zambia Sugar Open being played at Lusaka Golf Club.
He had a three-stroke advantage over Keenan Davidse, who made 10 birdies on his way to an eight-under-par 65. There were five players in a share of fourth place on seven-under-par on the par-73 layout in the Zambian capital – Ulrich van den Berg, Hennie du Plessis, Rhys West, Thriston Lawrence and Jaco Mouton.
“I’m very happy with the way I played today,” he said. “Everything seemed to work and go my way.”
It was a quiet start for the 25-year-old who plays out of Borrowdale Brook Golf Club in neighbouring Zimbabwe, as he made two birdies on his way through six holes. And then it all exploded into action as he eagled seven, birdied eight, nine and 11, and then made four more birdies in his five closing holes.
“I had a bit of a lucky shot on seven,” he said. “I pitched it just over the bunker and it went in, and that kind of boosted my round from there.
“On the back nine, I just thought to myself that I’d give myself more chances. After I turned in six-under, I knew that the back nine is a bit easier than the front nine with the five par-fives, so I believed I could get it going low today – and it happened!
“Everything kind of just worked. The driver was a little off. I wasn’t missing fairways by much, but I did miss a few on the front nine and then I was hitting my short irons close and making putts,” he added.
It was a day of impressive scoring: Behind the five players on seven-under, there were three players on six-under, including last week’s 2017 Zimbabwe Open champion JC Ritchie and four players on five-under-par, and the man who finished fourth in Harare, Jaco Ahlers, was among them.
For Ferreira, it’s about more of the same as he gets going in the second round.