Fancourt like home for Heinrich

BMG Classic: Day 1Heinrich Bruiners was sidelined by a motor accident in 2011 and while injured he helped to coach at Fancourt, which is the host venue for the upcoming Dimension Data Pro-Am. He’s fully recovered from the injury and will look to use home ground advantage in his bid for the upcoming Dimension Data Pro-Am, which plays out in George from next Thursday.

The 27-year-old broke into the winners’ circle at the Vodacom Origins of Golf at Euphoria, where he claimed a wire-to-wire victory.

“It feels exceptional to win,” he said after lifting the trophy. “I’ve worked hard and I feel like it’s now paid off.”

Bruiners’ ability to control the ball in the wind factors into his success, and at coastal courses like those at Fancourt he has an edge over the competition.

He has been steadily improving in consistency as well. In 2014 he finished 35th on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit, which was 19 places higher than his ranking in 2013.

The 72-hole events of summer separate the men from the boys, because stringing four good rounds together is a big task. The Dimension Data Pro-Am is one step further, because the professionals have to play one round at each of the Fancourt courses, before a final round on the Montagu course decides the winner.

Bruiners comes from George and has all of the experience needed to do well there. He taught many of the younger faces on tour how to compete at Fancourt, but this time around he’ll aim to put local knowledge to use in his own bid for the Dimension Data Pro-Am title.

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