Dylan FrittelliÂs experience at Qualifying Schools across the globe prepared him for the five-round marathon in Bloemfontein this week, and now he feels ready for Sunshine Tour success.
ÂIÂve been trudging along making birdies, which is what this week is all about. IÂve been through PGA and European Tour School, and those two prepared me for this. I knew what I needed to do and what to expect, and IÂve achieved my goals so far,Â he said.
The 22-year-old enjoyed playing on home soil, and was excited for a season on the Sunshine Tour.
ÂItÂs good to be back in the nice, warm weather, family and friends around. I spent four years in The States, but South Africa is still home for me and I certainly want to come back here and play with the guys. I played a bit in Europe last year and saw a lot of the top Sunshine Tour pros over there, so hopefully I can build on a good season here in SA and make it over to Europe,Â he said.
On Friday he carded an impressive 67 to move into an early share of third with his 13-under-par total. While four strokes adrift of JP van der WaltÂs lead, Frittelli was pleased with the round and ready to chase down victory come Saturday.
ÂIt was definitely a good round today,Â said Frittelli. ÂBogey-free, which I was proud of. I struggled the first couple of days, but today I felt very comfortable. If you can get it going again tomorrow then IÂll give the leaders a good chase.Â
The Sunshine Tour has more co-sanctioned events with the European Tour than any other tour in the world, and thatÂs drawn 42 foreigners to Qualifying School this year. The appeal of high-profile tournaments was not lost on Frittelli either, and he was excited to tee it up in the coming months.
ÂIÂve got a Challenge Tour card, but my main focus is to play in South Africa for the next four or five months. Tournaments are getting big now, and the six co-sanctioned events are a big draw. You can see there are a lot of international entries and itÂs a pretty strong field this week at Tour School,Â he said.