21st August 2017 | Sunshine Tour
Davidse sets sights on Asia
Keenan Davidse says finishes like the one he obtained at the Vodacom Origins of Golf event held Arabella Hotel and Spa last week give him some confidence as he looks to play on the Asian Tour in the near future.
Davidse secured his second top-10 finish of the season when he finished as runner-up to Keith Horne who won the tournament with six-under-par 201, three strokes ahead of second-placed Jaco Ahlers, Titch Moore and Davidse. His first came at the Zambia Sugar Open 2017 in Lusaka in April. And now he’s going to try his hand at the Asian Tour’s Qualifying School in January
“I’m very happy. I missed the last two cuts and feel like I’m playing well, so I’m happy with second place,” he said at Arabella.
“I’m sort of using these events as preparation. I’m obviously going to Asia soon, so this was also preparation to go over there and start playing there,” Davidse said. Despite his plans of going to play abroad, the member of the Gary Player Class of 2017-18 has more immediate desires.
“I really want to win very badly,” he said of his ambition before he goes to explore Asia, “but, I guess it’s just a matter of patience. I feel like I’ve been hitting the ball nicely, I mean, I made 15 birdies to finish under par. I could have won this tournament (VOG Arabella) but I’m happy with the way I played.”
Davidse’s time in the winners’ circle might not have come yet but he remains the most outstanding performer from the Gary Player Class of 2017-18 as he lies 24th on the Order of Merit for the season. His decision to test himself in Asia, therefore, comes as no surprise given his talent and already-tested big-match-temperament.
The Gary Player Class of 2017 is the Sunshine Tour’s main development squad for previously disadvantaged professional golfers and benefits from the longstanding and continued support of the South African Golf Development Board (SAGDB), that was founded in 1999 as the official body for golf development in South Africa, as well as the Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation (EEFF) in the collective effort to use golf to improve the lives of disadvantaged South Africans.