It took an eagle to confirm it, but Dean Burmester is the best player right now around Royal Harare Golf Club of anyone of the Burmester family.
The 23-year-old from Bloemfontein eagled the 18th in the second round of the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open, and when he went in to the score recorders and signed for a five-under-par 67, he went three better than his mother Michelle.
Burmester was born in Zimbabwe, and while Royal Harare was not his home course – that was Leopard Rock – his mother still holds the women’s course record for Royal Harare with her 1999 round of two-under-par 70.
“I’ve been down south for a little while now,” said Burmester, “but it’s nice to do something like that at home – this is home after all.”
His second round score came after he took some good-natured stick for his opening round of even-par 72 in the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open. “Both my parents deny I’m the best Burmester in the family,” he laughed. “But I’m the one making the money!”
He might be using his talents to earn money while playing golf, but his eagle came a day too early to get him a brand spanking new Jaguar XF which is on offer for the first professional to eagle the 18th on the weekend. “Unfortunately that car wasn’t up for grabs – just my luck!” he said.
“I had 91 metres to the flag. I hit a sand wedge and it just pitched right in line and released straight in. It was a perfect shot,” he said.
For now, he’ll have to be happy with what he’s driving at the moment. “I’ve got a Ford Focus 2013 S. The Jag would have been quite a lot nicer. Look, if I can do it two days in a row, then I deserve the car,” he said.
He’ll also do a lot to get himself further up the leaderboard. He started the third round in a share of 10th, four off the pace of halfway leader Darren Fichardt. “I’m up there,” he said. “I’ve got a chance at the weekend again, which is nice. The birdies are out there, so I’ll just have to keep swinging.”