Meyer and Loubser neck and neck

IN THE LEAD: 2017-18 Sunshine Tour Q-School winner Herman Loubser is still in the top five of the competition. Photo: Sunshine Tour

Breyten Meyer and 2017-18 Sunshine Tour Q-School winner Herman Loubser both carded five-under-par rounds of 67 in round one of the co-sanctioned Big East Tour and MENA Tour’s South to East Challenge at Ebotse Links, Rynfield, Benoni on June 6.

Loubser, who has spent the last 14 years living on the Isle of Man, birdied three of his last four holes to tie with Meyer at the top of the leaderboard.

“I played well the whole day really. On the front nine I let a few putts slip away and three out of the last four holes I just holed three good putts which were nice,” said Loubser.

It was only Loubser’s second look at the beautiful links layout after a quick nine holes yesterday. However, the 19-year-old said he enjoyed the experience when the wind came up.

“It was tricky. It reminded me a lot of the links golf back in England and the Isle of Man. When I saw the wind come up a bit I was kind of excited and I played nicely today,” explained Loubser.

After a disappointing missed cut in Zambia last week, Meyer carded seven birdies around the tight layout and he said his performance was due to some self-reflection.

“I sat down after my rounds in Zambia and I was kind of disappointed because I knew I was playing well. I knew I had three Big Easy events coming up and I just had to be patient. It was a matter of time and it paid off today, which was nice,” said Meyer.

Play was unfortunately called to a premature finish due to bad light, and there will be an early start on Wednesday and Thursday, when the tournament continues.

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