Last year’s runner up Allister de Kock aims to use the tournament as a springboard into the 2015 season and is hoping for a big result this week.
“I really want to focus on winning this year. The golf has been good and I’ve practiced a lot. I know that if I give it my all then I can make it,” he said.
The 31-year-old from Uitenhage understands what is needed to succeed at qualifying school and last year at Crown Mines Golf Club he finished second on two-under-par.
A disappointing 2014 season has led the former Eastern Province Stroke Play Championship winner to Modderfontein Golf Club, where he knows it will take a good week to come out on top.
“The course is nice, but you have to hit fairways, because there are lots of trees here. If you make a few putts then it will take you to the front of the line. Eliminating mistakes will play a huge role.
“I really want to turn things around and I think this is a good platform to give me the confidence going forward. I’ve been working hard and I want to see results, so I can’t wait for this year to get underway!” said De Kock.
Also in action this week is Makgetha Mazibuko, who won by 10 strokes when the qualifying school was held at Observatory Golf Club in 2013.
“It’s a big week and you have to play well. You need to be prepared when you come to this event, because it counts for so much,” he said.
The qualifying school is named after former Sunshine Tour board member Vusi Ngubeni, who passed away in a motor accident in 2003. The tournament aims to give previously disadvantaged golfers a fair chance to compete on the Sunshine Tour.
The 72-hole tournament has a cut after two rounds to the leading 60 players and ties. The top 15 earn full Sunshine Tour cards, while the top 40 receive Big Easy Tour cards.