Michell takes lead at Wild Coast

2010-11-05 00:00

PORT EDWARD — Alan Michell carded a pair of 31s yesterday to take a share of the first-round lead of the Nashua Masters at the Wild Coast Sun with his eight-under-par 62.

And as the darkness descended, Branden Grace, who closed with a 62 in last year’s tournament, made a par on 18 to come home in 30 for another 62 and a share of the lead.

There were still 29 people on the course after a two-hour delay for bad weather in the middle of the day, but very few will be able to threaten the lead of Michell and Grace.

Jacques Blaauw and Jake Roos were two shots off the pace, both having finished their rounds, and in a group of five players on five-under-par was Alex Haindl, who had scores recorded to just the 15th.

Michell thought he was going to get the worse end of the draw as the weather intervened early on in his round, but the wind died down completely on the resumption of play, and he had perfect conditions to close in — bar the descending darkness.

“I didn’t actually play all that well,” he said, “but I scored well.”

Grace worked on his swing during the year after a wrist injury during his European campaign, and he felt the work was finally paying off.

The four players on 65 who had completed their rounds were Garry Hill, TC Charamba, Kevin Stone and Alan McLean.

Behind seven players on four-under 66 was last week’s Platinum Classic winner Jean Hugo with a 67, while Adilson Da Silva carded a one-under 69.

Leading first round scores (SA unless specified):

-8 -Alan Michell, Branden Grace

-6 -Jacques Blaauw, Jake Roos

-5 -Garry Hill, TC Charamba (ZIM), Kevin Stone, Alan McLean (SCO), Alex Haindl [15]

-4 -George Coetzee, Steve Basson, Steve van Vuuren, Des Terblanche, Theunis Spangenberg, Andrew Curlewis, Warren Abery

-3 -Wallie Coetsee, Attie Schwartzel, Ryan Tipping, Oliver Bekker, Jean Hugo, Divan van den Heever, Alain Norris, Mike Curtis (ZIM), Andrew Georgiou, Louis Moolman, Daniel Greene, Teboho Sefatsa [15], Mark Fensham [15]


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