“The other Danish guys are Andreas (Harto) and JB Hansen. They just got their cards from the Challenge Tour as well, so we’ve been hanging out quite a bit. It’s nice to have a group of guys like that. We all got top-20 on the Challenge Tour last year and we’ve been having this whole experience together, which is nice.
“I was really excited to get going. This is the dream, and I couldn’t wait to get started.
“It’s a strange situation. We knew we’d only be playing two rounds, so it felt like you had to get out there and get after it. If you’re too far back after today, it’s going to be tough to jump a lot of people tomorrow.
“It’s changed a bit to a sprint, and it was really nice to get some birdies on the board early, so I felt like I could attack it and play more freely, Instead of trying to force it.
“I like my chances. It’s a good position I’m in right now; I probably have to go out tomorrow and focus on my own game, play it shot-by-shot. I know it’s kind-of cliché, but that’s what I have to do, and see where it puts me after 18 holes.”
The altered course saw Clark card an unusual hat-trick of birdie twos from the 13th in his six-birdie round; the only blemish coming when he missed a 20 foot par putt at the sixth.
“It wasn’t that easy out there, but I was amazed at how good the greens were with all the rain they had,” said Clark. “The greens were pretty firm and obviously great to putt.
“If it is going to be a two round tournament, you’ve got to go low.
“Normally you can sort of pace yourself, get to the weekend, play in the weekend and sneak home; but right now you’ve got to go as low as you can and be aggressive.”
Clark’s compatriot Lindani Ndwandwe, who had an eagle two at the second as well as six birdies – one of them a chip-in at the seventh - two bogeys and a double bogey during an eventful morning, shares third with England’s Chris Lloyd.
Reggae fan Ndwandwe, who has won twice on the co-sanctioning Sunshine Tour, added: “In every tournament if you give yourself a good start you always have a chance. Getting a good start out there is always a boost to your confidence.”