France’s Julien Gressier began the 2017 World Club Pro-Am with the same momentum he had last year, with an opening 41 points (-5) at Zimbali Country Club in South Africa.
The fourth World Club Pro-Am supported by the PGA of South Africa began across both Zimbali and Cotswold Downs Golf Estate with Professionals and their amateur teams embarking on the five-round international Pro-Am.
Gressier was able to get off the mark quickly with two birdies in the opening three holes, setting him up for a very solid two-under front nine.
His return nine saw further birdies on holes 10, 11 and 17, giving him a 41-point total and a single shot lead over the rest of the field.
Also well in the running for his share of the $100,000 prize fund is PGA of South Africa Professional, Pierre van Vuuren, after four birdies gave him a total of 40 points (-4).
The other lowest scores of the day all came from Zimbali Country Club with Aaron Cox (PGA of Australia) carding 39 points to sit in third place, whilst fourth place currently goes to the PGA of Great Britain & Ireland’s Garry Houston with 38 points.
Over on Cotswold Downs Golf Estate, the PGA of Greece’s Henrik Engdahl had the low round with 37 points for current fifth place.
The Team Pro-Am competition got off to a strong start with three teams sharing the lead at 91 points (-19): Team Serengeti, led by van Vuuren, and Team Wedgewood, led by Graeme van der Nest (PGA of South Africa), both at Zimbali Country Club; along with Team Zebula, led by Conrad du Plooy (PGA of South Africa), at Cotswold Downs.
Four teams sit within three shots of the lead setting up what will be a highly competitive week in the Team Pro-Am event.