It was a tough start to this week’s play for Harry Konig at Pollak Park Golf Course, Johannesburg on the Big Easy IGT Tour.
Harry said he didn’t feel on his game on day 1, struggling for most of the round with 2 birdies and bogeys on the front 9, 3 birdies and 1 double bogey on the back 9 for a finish of a 1 under par 71. Lying 22nd going into Day 2 was not the game plan, but in a field of over 60 players it’s not a disaster when he knows he’s not playing his best.
Day 2 saw steadier play from Harry with 3 birdies, 1 eagle and 1 bogey but his putter was not his friend. Harry was unable to hole a putt over 7 feet all day so hopefully Day 3 will see his better long game combine with a hot putter. Harry finished 8th for the day and only 2 off the lead for the day, moving up to 11th overall. However, it is 9 shots behind the leader Keaton Slatter (SA) with 14 under and is 5 shots clear of the chasing pack.
Day 3 was not kind to Harry. The cold putter and poor greens were in evidence again and, after 13 holes, Harry was 2 over par for the round and languishing back in tied 22nd. But he persevered and managed 3 birdies in the last 5 holes to shoot a 1 under par 71, 6 under for the tournament and moving back up the field for a joint 12th place. Clearly the course was playing tougher as overnight leader Keaton Slatter shot a final round of 75, dropping him back to 11 under to finish tied 3rd and 2 shots behind winner Ryan Van Velzen (Am) (RSA) who finished 13 under.
Harry takes away 3 sub par rounds and a good finish against the odds on the final day. He says there are lots of positives moving forward as he becomes more comfortable competing at this very good level. But there’s no rest for the wicked as it’s straight to Glendower Golf Club, a former South African Open venue, on the Bushveld Tour.