13th April 2015 | IGT Challenge Tour
Davidse joins Ford in pole at Metropolitan
CAPE TOWN, 13 April 2015 – Keenan Davidse fired a five-under-par 65 to share the top spot with fellow Sunshine Tour professional Adrian Ford in the first round of the IGT Tour Cape’s Metropolitan Classic on Monday.
The pair leads by one Boland’s JP Strydom, who scorched the back nine at Metropolitan Golf Club in 30 strokes to join former top South African Matthew Kent in second.
Amateur Philip Esau got to five under with eagle-two at the par-four 16th, but he spoiled his chances with bogey-bogey finish and will start the second round at three under, one stroke ahead of top ranked Western Province amateur Ian Snyman.
A hat-trick of birdies before the turn and another pair of birdies on the back nine left Ford leading the field, but Davidse reeled in half-a-dozen birdies to grab a share of pole position.
Davidse turned pro in 2009, but despite his indisputable talent, the results just didn’t come. It wasn’t until 2012 that the 25-year-old De Zalze professional began delivering on his early promise.
He finished the season ranked 63rd on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit and has comfortably kept his card with a 55th place ranking in 2013 and 63rd place finish last year.
But 2015 has not started well for the South African Golf Development Board graduate, who followed a good payday at the Dimension Data Pro-Am in February with a series of missed cuts.
“I’ve been playing really well, but I haven’t scored well and that has been really frustrating,” he said.
“I decided to skip the Zimbabwe Open to work on my game and then I heard that the IGT Tour has launched in the Cape. This tournament has given me a chance to test the stuff I’m working on and it went really well out there.
“I am hitting the ball well and the putting is coming along, too. I left a few out there, but it’s great to be in a challenging position. It feeds the confidence and you’re revving to play again.”
Davidse said that the IGT Tour Cape is the perfect platform for the Western Province amateurs to sharpen their competitive skills.
“I would have loved to have had this Tour as an amateur to prepare for the pro circuit,” he said.
“Your game moves to a whole new level when you compete against professionals, and even if you are not playing for money, the pressure is very different and it forces you to lift your game.
“There are a couple of really talented guys in the field and I was impressed with the talent I saw. I think this Tour will have a huge impact on their development.”
PHOTO – Keenan Davidse; credit IGT Pro Tour Cape.