Rookie Greene aiming for first pro title

2010-08-18 00:00

DURBAN — A strong contingent of veterans and promising youngsters from KwaZulu-Natal are eager to make an impact in the Vodacom Business Origins Goes Easy tournament at Selborne Hotel, Spa and Golf Estate, which starts today.

Following a fine start to his debut on the Sunshine Tour, rookie Daniel Greene is hoping his rich vein of form of late will carry him to his first professional title.

“I’ve had a couple of solid finishes since I turned pro but I’m looking for that breakthrough,” said the 25-year-old from Pietermaritzburg.

After a tie for third at the Dimension Data Pro-Am, Greene had a couple of mediocre performances before a tie for ninth in Swaziland in June. A month later, he shot rounds of 62 and 65, and looked well on his way to securing a maiden win at the Vodacom Business Origins Goes Easy tournament at Humewood before Ulrich van den Berg beat him to the title on the last hole.

“I had chances at Sun City and at Humewood, but I messed it up,” he said. “At Humewood, I think the adrenaline got to me … If I’m in the same position again, I’ll know how to handle it.”

Greene fancies his chances this week on a course he played often as an amateur, but is apprehensive of the reworked layout. The nines were swapped before last year’s tournament and several holes on the front nine were also swapped.

“I haven’t played the course since they swapped the front and back nines and the new closing holes are going to be tough to negotiate, especially if the wind is up.”

Margate’s Andrew Curlewis hopes Selborne will turn into a happy hunting ground for him after he spent the better part of the last two months in hospital with bronchitis and viral infections.

“I’m not out of the woods, but at least we are playing here and I can sleep at home,” he said.

“I could probably play this layout with my eyes closed. It has always been a great test in the wind, but they have made the course more interesting by swapping the nines and a couple of holes.”

Three more local players joined the mix through yesterday’s pre-qualifier. Maritzburg Golf Club’s Colin Nel shot a one-under-par 71 to tie for fourth, Durban’s Darren Lloyd took the sixth spot with an even par 72, and Mikhail Tewary qualified for his pro debut with a one-over-par 73 for share of seventh.

 

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