Ruan Pretorius made his first professional cut at the 2016 KCM Zambia Open after a successful Sunshine Tour Qualifying School debut, and the 20-year-old says he is enjoying the feeling of playing amongst the best players on tour.
“It felt good. I was stressing a bit because I was on the cut-line and – I couldn’t even sleep last night – but it feels good to make my first cut. It’s a good feeling because now I can build on this and hopefully make some more cuts,” said Pretorius.
The pressures of being a rookie on tour can be difficult to deal with, however, Pretorius says he will use the confidence gained from this week to build on his game in South Africa.
“It makes me more positive. I was starting to feel or think when I was going to make a cut. Now I’ve got one under my belt – it’s not in South Africa, which actually makes it more of a positive for me. I can go use that positivity and move forward in South Africa.”
It is a massive learning curve for the young man – one that he is taking in his stride – and playing with the likes of Colin Nel only helps the process.
“It is so different compared to amateur golf. There is so much more to play for. Obviously these guys here have had more experience, but it feels good to play with them and they do help me,” he explained.
Pretorius is only five months into what will hopefully be a successful career on the Sunshine Tour, and the man from Bloemfontein Golf Club isn’t getting ahead of himself.
“I want to keep my card as soon as possible so that I don’t have that pressure on me at the end of the year. After that we’ll see what happens,” he said.