Crunch time for Riekus and co. at Glendower

2013 BMG Classic: Day 1The Sunshine Big Easy Tour heads to Glendower Golf Club this week, which will host the final regular-season event of the year. Riekus Nortje is looking to make waves and heads there on the back of a tied-second finish at the King’s Cup in Swaziland last week.

It’s a make-or-break tournament for the contenders aiming to finish within the top 30 on the Big Easy Order of Merit and take their place at the upcoming Tour Championship.

“Tour champs are around the corner and a lot of guys have the chance to win it. It will be a very interesting tournament, because there are a lot of great golfers playing there. It’s definitely not going to be a walk in the park, so I’ll need to focus on what I want to do and hopefully gain some ground on the Order of Merit this week,” he said.

The 24-year-old set a record on the Big Easy Tour in 2012 when he won three events, but this time around he needs to rise up the earnings list, where he currently ranks eighth.

“It’s been four months of hard work, so it feels really good to be back there. The past week gave me confidence, which is what you need at a course like Glendower.

“We all know it’s one of the top layouts in our country and you really have to commit to every shot. It’s tight and long, but most of all there are shots that you simply cannot miss. Shooting low numbers in Swaziland will help with my confidence when I face those shots over the next two days,” he said.

This week’s field contains 67 players, including five former winners on the Big Easy Tour, so it will take a gutsy performance from Nortje in order to achieve his goal of producing another top finish.

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