Haydn makes maiden appearance in SA

Rookie Haydn Porteus will make his Sunshine Tour debut at the BMG Classic this week, looking to take advantage of a sponsor’s invitation to compete at Glendower Golf Club.


“I’m feeling pretty good about my first Sunshine Tour event. The BMG Classic is a good tournament to come back to South Africa for and it should be quite a tough contest,” he said.


The former number one South African amateur spent most of 2013 competing in Europe, but this week he’s back on home soil for the R600,000 event that hails the start of the Sunshine Tour’s summer swing.


“The time in Europe gave me good experience and I saw what I was up against for my golfing career to come. You learn that the level of golf around the world is really high and that’s given me the motivation to practice harder and put those extra couple of minutes in every day,” he said.


Porteous has booked his place at the 2014 Sunshine Tour Qualifying School, but has no playing rights for the upcoming summer, so doing well at the BMG Classic holds extra value for the young gun.


The 19-year-old is no stranger to Glendower, and won the SA Amateur Stroke Play tournament there in 2012. Rain and wind lashed the final round, but Porteous rallied in the storm and made two birdies over his final four holes to clinch victory.


“Glendower is my favourite golf course in Johannesburg. Winning the SA Amateur there was good and I feel comfortable on this track. I have good memories on this course,” said Porteous.


The Modderfontein Golf Club professional has seen just how good the European Tour players are and must put his experience to good use as he battles it out against the Sunshine Tour’s best.


While it’s a daunting task to compete against his countrymen, the Modderfontein Golf Club professional is excited to meet up with his friends from amateur days in Johannesburg.


“I played a lot of amateur golf with some of these guys like Michael Hollick, Jared Harvey and Graham van der Merwe. Amateur golf got a bit lonely after they turned professional and it’s nice to see them again. Hopefully I’ll be seeing them every week,” he smiled.


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