Fri, 06 Aug 2021

England's Ryan Evans signed for a 10-under-par 62 on the Outeniqua golf course to lead the first round of the Dimension Data Pro-Am at Fancourt on Thursday.

The first two rounds of this Sunshine Tour and European Challenge Tour event are split between the Outeniqua and Montagu courses.

Evans took full advantage on a wet and overcast day as he made 11 birdies and only one bogey to give himself a one-stroke lead from Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey on nine-under par and fellow Englishman Daniel Gavins on eight-under.

Merrick Bremner is the leading South African with an opening round of seven-under-par 65 on the Outeniqua.

Evans' mental approach made all the difference as he stated that he was inspired by golf icon Jack Nicklaus and a friend.

"A friend of mine in America is Tom Watson's manager, and he invited me around to Jack Nicklaus's home for drinks. Mr Nicklaus showed me around his home and all of his major trophies," said Evans.

"It was just an amazing hour of chatting with the greatest golfer of all time. I asked him what his favourite golf course was and he said, 'I loved every single course I played'.

"He told me you have to go to every tournament and love every golf course because you're there to win and there's no point complaining about conditions or complaining about the golf course. Every course you go to must be the best course you're going to play.

"And then I had a chat with a friend yesterday and I said I felt like I was taking bad results into the next week," continued Evans.

"He said just let it go and asked me why I started playing golf as a kid. I told him it was because I loved it. And he just said go out there and love the game. So I went out there with the mentality that I'm here to enjoy what I do."

Source: News24

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