Dream Sunshine Tour debut for De Beer in White River

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  • Post published:August 31, 2023

Former SA Amateur champion Kyle de Beer is playing in his first Sunshine Tour tournament as a professional this week, but the 25-year-old showed that he is not feeling the pressure as he fired a superb eight-under-par 63 to claim the lead after the first round of the Gary & Vivienne Player Challenge at White River Country Club on Wednesday.

Beginning on the 10th hole, De Beer birdied his first four holes to send out a reverberating warning shot that he has arrived. After his 3-4-2-3 start, De Beer showed that par is also a satisfactory outcome on a course that has plenty of trees, water and elevation changes, going to the turn in 32, before picking up four more birdies on the front nine.

The former GolfRSA star, playing on an invitation, is one stroke ahead of the seasoned trio of Jean Hugo, Keenan Davidse and Hennie Otto.

“It was a dream start making four birdies in a row and then I just played very solid with some really nice par-saves and then I picked off a couple of birdies on the front nine,” De Beer said matter-of-factly after his stunning debut. “But I’m very chuffed and I’m very excited just to be playing, to be honest. To shoot 63 is the cherry on top.”

“My approach play was really good, my irons and wedges were really strong, and I hit a lot of approaches inside 10 feet and a few inside six feet. From that distance you back yourself to make birdies, so that was the part of my game that really shone,” De Beer added.

The Gqeberha resident has had a mediocre time on the Altron Big Easy Tour this year with only one top-20 finish in four events, but a step up in quality brought a dramatic improvement in De Beer’s fortunes on Wednesday.

“I haven’t set the world alight this year so far and I’ve been quite disappointed with my results to be honest. My standard of golf has not been very high, but I’m on the Altron Big Easy Tour to develop as a pro, to learn. I’ve put in a lot of work recently and I felt some good golf was just around the corner.

“But it’s still very much a process of getting my confidence back and trusting myself a bit more on the golf course. I’ve wanted to free myself up a bit more and let my game speak for itself and I’m glad to have done it today.

“I’m very proud with how I’ve played and hopefully I can bring my best again on the next two days. But as everyone in golf knows, it’s a whole another day tomorrow, it will be a different story.

“This course is not the longest, but it is challenging and the par-threes are very strong, not crazy-long but there is a lot of trouble lurking. You have to be very straight off the tee here, if you’re not then you’ll end up behind trees or have some very bad lies,” De Beer said.

Hugo would have fancied himself for an even lower round than his 64, having gathered just a single birdie from the four par-fives, while Davidse had a pair of 32s on each nine. Otto started on the 10th and had a blistering front nine, coming home in five-under.

Hennie O’Kennedy had a top-class round on the go as he reached six-under-par through 11 holes, but he then dropped four shots in his last five holes.

63 – Kyle De Beer
64 – Jean Hugo, Keenan Davidse, Hennie Otto
65 – Caylum Boon
66 – Keegan Mclachlan, Dylan Naidoo, Rhys West, Gerhard Pepler, Tristin Galant
67 – Richie O’Donovan, Ruan Korb, Anthony Michael, Jack Hawksby, Louis Albertse, Jacques P de Villiers, Martin Rohwer, Robin Williams
68 – DK Kim, Luke Brown, Rourke van der Spuy, Ruan Conradie, Hayden Griffiths, Doug McGuigan, Erhard Lambrechts, Christiaan Basson, Jacques Blaauw, Wynand Dingle, Jovan Rebula, Merrick Bremner, Martin Vorster, Matias Calderon
69 – Richard Joubert, Nyasha Muyambo, Leon Visser, Johan Theron, Keagan Thomas, Jonathan Broomhead, Adam Breen, Rupert Kaminski, Conner Mackenzie, Slade Pickering, Jason Roets, Hennie O’Kennedy
70 – Luke Trocado, Karabo Mokoena, Jastice Mashego, Sentanio Minnie, Matthew Spacey, Luca Filippi, Drikus Joubert, Vaughn van Deventer, Michael Kok, Willie Olivier, David Wicks, James Hart du Preez, Robson Chinhoi, Albert Venter, Allister de Kock
71 – Lyle Rowe, Danie Van Niekerk, Toto Thimba Jnr, Franklin Manchest, Tyron Davidowitz, Alphius Kelapile, James Mack, Stuart Krog, Reinhardt Blaauw, Adriel Poonan, Jabulane Mabilane
72 – Ruan Groenewald, Pierre Pellegrin, Combrinck Smit, Jaco Van Zyl, Malcolm Mitchell, Luke Jerling, Jason Smith, Clancy Waugh, Ethan Smith, Trevor Fisher Jnr, Nicholaus Frade, Marcel Steyn Scholtz, Mutahi Kibugu
73 – Ryan Tipping, Estiaan Conradie, Chris Cannon, Hunter Epson, Makhetha Mazibuko, Nikhil Rama, Alex Haindl, Fredrik From, Sean Bradley, Jonathan Waschefort, Kyle McClatchie, LB Boshoff, Visitor Mapwanya, Evance Vukeya
74 – Paul Boshoff, Gregory Mckay, Ryan Van Velzen, Steve Surry, Dalton Viviers, Ricky Hendler, Quintin Wilsnach, CJ du Plessis, Heinrich Bruiners, Brandon-Jude Rennie
75 – Ronald Rugumayo, Lyle Pedro, Wade Jacobs, Madalitso Muthiya, Travis Ladner, Musiwalo Nethunzwi, Callum Mowat, Aneurin Gounden
76 – Reece Mc Kain, Warwick Purchase, Gerhard Trytsman, James Pennington, Sydney Joseph Wemba
77 – Mandla Dlamini Jnr, Kyle Barker, Christiaan Burke, Slenda Sithebe
78 – Francois van Staden, Fezekile Kana, Thabang Simon
79 – Siyanda Mwandla, Irvin Mazibuko
80 – Jared Harvey

Photo Credit: Tyrone Winfield/Sunshine Tour.