Two things will happen on Tuesday at Sun City: the Nedbank Affinity Cup will begin at Lost City Golf Course and at the same time Gary Player Country Club will host the final round before closing in preparation for the Nedbank Golf Challenge. Dean Burmester will tee up at Lost City, but his sights are set on the big stage.
The winner of the 2014 Lion of Africa Cape Town Open will get a place at the Nedbank Golf Challenge and that was certainly on Burmester’s mind as he prepared for the Nedbank Affinity Cup.
“We play 500 metres away from the venue for the Nedbank Golf Challenge, so I’ll definitely be taking a run around nine holes later this week to have a look and think about it. The winner of the Cape Town Open gets in and it’s a massive opportunity for us Sunshine Tour players. We’ll have a home-grown player competing in Africa’s major,” he said.
Those dreams will be put on the backburner come Tuesday, because Burmester is one of 88 players hunting a win at the R750,000 Nedbank Affinity Cup.
Three months ago the 25-year-old won the Sun City Challenge at Lost City Golf Course and those memories came flooding back during his Nedbank Affinity Cup practice round on Monday.
“I perform here all the time and really enjoy playing around here. Sun City is a special resort in South Africa and it feels great to drive through those gates. There were a lot of memories of that final day coming through and I was smiling all the way around today,” he said.
To keep smiling Burmester will need to go deep, because the course is in great condition and scores are likely to go low.
Jeff Inglis proved how scorable it was on Monday when he shot 62 to lead the pre-qualifying and claim the first of 15 spots on offer. The Orkney local had his irons dialled in and made an eagle at the 18th to cap off a round of 10-under-par.