Daniel Hammond finished tied third at the Sunshine Big Easy Tour’s Copperleaf tournament last year and he’s ready to take another run at it during this week’s R100 000 tournament presented by Stonehage.
The 22-year-old has racked up five top-10 finishes on the development tour, but his biggest confidence boost will come from a top-20 finish at Vodacom Origins of Golf Euphoria last week.
The Wanderers Golf Club representative hung tough at Euphoria last week, despite the difficulty of the 7,040-metre Annika Sorenstam-designed course.
He’ll face a similar challenge at Copperleaf, which played at 7360 metres from the tips. The open layout of the course promotes a breeze, so all-in-all Hammond is facing a similar challenge to what he saw at Euphoria.
His last appearance on the Big Easy Tour was at Benoni Country Club, where he shot two steady rounds of 71 for a share of ninth on two-under. He’s been grinding on the sub tour for two years now, finding his place on the touring circuit.
The young professionals will always question whether they belong on tour. Hammond is no exception, but making the cut at events such as the Telkom PGA Championship and the Zambia Sugar Open go a long way towards preparing him for a Big Easy victory.
The Big Easy Tour Championship was played at Copperleaf last year. Hammond rose to the occasion and shot a final-round 66, further proving his affinity for the longer, tougher courses.
He’ll face Copperleaf once again, but this week he’s coming with confidence and knowledge. All that’s left is to see what the week brings for this talented youngster.