Gert fulfils 2015 goal

2014 Sun City Challenge: Day 3While the latest batch of hopefuls compete at Sunshine Tour Qualifying School in Bloemfontein, Gert Myburgh is safe in the knowledge that he has a card for the coming season.

The Kempton Park local had to grind it out on tour this year, but managed to do just enough on the Order of Merit to take his place as the last player exempt for the coming season. While he still has plenty of pre-qualifiers to get through, the 27-year-old has ensured that he will not be returning to Qualifying School, where he came 21st last year.

It’s a huge step for Myburgh, who originally began his season competing on the Big Easy Tour. During his time on the development tour he won once and finished in the top 25 on three other occasions, so his game was clearly good enough for a progression to the next tier of competition.

He elected to not play in the Big Easy Tour Championship and backed himself to make enough on the main tour to retain his playing privileges.

Self-belief plays a huge role in professional golf and risking it on the main tour must have been a tough decision, but he produced the goods and succeeded in his quest. That can only lead to a huge boost in confidence for the Avion Park Golf Club player, who recently came 12th at the Vodacom Origins of Golf presented by Samsung at Koro Creek Golf Estate.

The 2016 season will be Myburgh’s third on tour, but his first playing in the category of 11b, which puts him ahead of the Qualifying School graduates. He’ll get into more tournaments throughout the season and has the chance to seal his place as a permanent fixture at Sunshine Tour events.

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