Origins of golf: Nic Henning finds his game falling into place at Selborne

2010-08-19 00:00

PENNINGTON — Nic Henning endured 18 months of frustration before his game fell into place in the opening round of the Vodacom Business Origins of Golf event at Selborne Golf Club with an eight-under-par 64.

It gave him a share of the lead with Adilson Da Silva, and they were two strokes clear of veterans James Kingston and Warren Abery, who were on six-under with rookie Coenie Stoop.

“It couldn’t have started better,” said Henning after he hit his driver on the 315-metre par-four first to within 15 feet and holed his eagle putt.

Four birdies and a bogey on the opening nine saw him turn in five-under 31, but with a nagging doubt still in his mind about months of what he calls mediocre rounds.

But a run of six consecutive birdies from the eighth to the 13th put a spring in his step, and not even a dropped shot on the 17th could entirely dampen the spirits of a man who last won on the Sunshine Tour in Bloemfontein in 2006.

Da Silva, who plays a lot of golf in the area, but has not played Selborne since last year, had eight birdies on his card, and just a single dropped shot on the 18th to spoil it.

Abery had a remarkable sequence of six threes in a row on his card after the turn, but endured the frustration on seeing his approach on 18 hit the green and bounce right over to produce the only bogey of his homeward nine.

Kingston started his round showing signs of rust, despite having played in the WGC-Bridgestone in the U.S. two weeks back, but he got his round on track after a bogey on the second with five birdies and an eagle for his 66.

The 21-year-old Stoop, playing in only his second tournament on the Sunshine tour since turning professional in January, had the round of his career with six birdies round the turn in his total of seven for the round, and only a drop on 15 spoiled his card.

Scores (RSA unless specified):

64 -Nic Henning, Adilson da Silva (BRA)

66 -James Kingston, Coenie Stoop, Warren Abery

67 -Theunis Spangenberg, Neil Schietekat, Kevin Stone, Thabang Simon

68 -Martin Maritz.

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