Martin Rohwerâ€™s form on the Sunshine Tourâ€™s new Rise-Up Series is indeed on the rise as the KwaZulu-Natal professional took the first-round lead in the African Bank Sunshine Tour Championship at Glendower Golf Club on Wednesday.
Rohwer hit the top of the leaderboard only a few days after finishing seventh in last weekâ€™s Betway Championship, and he did so with a bogey-free round of seven-under-par 65 that started with a birdie on the 10th â€“ his first hole â€“ and ended with three consecutive birdies.
He holds a one-stroke lead over the field. Lyle Rowe is his nearest challenger following a 66, while young star Jayden Schaper is in a group of players who opened with rounds of 67. Darren Fichardt is three off the lead and looking for back-to-back wins on the series.
Rohwer is certainly looking to make the most of this new series of five tournaments. He had a busy schedule of international tournaments planned, including an exemption into the Second Stage of the European Tourâ€™s Qualifying School, before COVID-19 changed all of that.
â€œI was going to go to Europe for a few Challenge Tour events and then the European Tourâ€™s Qualifying School. I was also exempt into the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship over there until that all changed. But fortunately my exemptions will carry through to next year. So Iâ€™m just going to play as many tournaments as I can here and do as well as I can,â€ he said.
Rohwerâ€™s current form is in line with his start to 2020 when he finished tied sixth in the South African Open hosted by the City of Johannesburg in January.
â€œI played well in January and February, so itâ€™s good to see that Iâ€™ve maintained that form after lockdown. Iâ€™m extremely happy with my 65 today. I hit the ball well from tee to green and I gave myself chances throughout the round. I drove the ball really well and hit most of the fairways, so I had a lot of birdie chances out there.â€