Amateur Bradley Sinnett shot 65 at Bloemfontein Golf Club on Thursday, the lowest score there in three years of Qualifying School, and moved into third place.
ÂSomeone wake me up,Â he said. ÂI tried to come here without expectations and let the game talk, and itÂs really worked out for me. ItÂs been a dream so far and IÂm extremely happy!Â
After heading back for South Africa halfway through 2012, Sinnett decided to take his chance at Qualifying School. His readiness showed in the form of tournament rounds of 66, 73, 65, spread between Bloemfontein and Schoeman Park Golf Clubs.
ÂIÂm hitting it really good off the tee and my putting has been super good the last three days. My game feels in good shape so far and my score is a huge confidence boost – It just shows that IÂm going in the right direction.
ÂThere are some really good players in the field this week and IÂm excited for the next few days. I decided to come out here and give it a go, hoping that the best comes out,Â he said.
After a fourth round on Friday there will be a cut to the top 60 and ties. Players making the cut will play a final round at Schoeman Park Golf Club, after which the top 30 and ties will receive playing privileges on the 2013 Sunshine Tour.
SinnettÂs third-round 65 has given him some breathing room for the next two days, and he had a moment to reflect on the possibility of playing on tour.
ÂIt means the world to me to play pro golf. IÂve dreamed about this since I was a young boy and worked hard towards getting my card. It would be awesome to play on the Sunshine Tour,Â he said.
Overnight leader JP van der Walt had a slightly different outlook on Qualifying School Â heÂs come to Bloemfontein looking to open the season with a victory. On Thursday he moved closer to that goal with a third-round 69, which earned him a 15-under-par total and an outright lead of two strokes.
ÂItÂs a different story now that IÂm leading. You come here wanting to win, but in the back of your mind you know that you also need to get your card. Being so far ahead means that I only have to worry about one thing. The gap does help, but you still have to stay focused and get through this, because the real job starts next week and goes on for the rest of the year,Â he said.
The 27-year-old began the tournament with a 66 at Schoeman Park Golf Club. HeÂll play the final two rounds there and has a good idea of how to approach the course. He was most pleased, however, to have finished his two rounds at Bloemfontein Golf Club in 135 strokes.
ÂToday was one of those days where patience was crucial. I just stayed focused, nothing flashy today, and plodded through the day. I couldnÂt ask for better than 69,Â he said. “Now I have to stick with my routine over the next two days and plot my way around Schoeman Park.”