With reporting from europeantour.com
He was the Sunshine Tour Rookie of the Year last year, and Haydn Porteous is working on taking his fledgling professional career to the next level as he campaigns on the European Challenge Tour in 2015.
He is one of five South Africans who tee it up in the AEGEAN Airlines Challenge Tour by Hartl Resort in Bad Griesbach, Germany from tomorrow, and he will be looking to cement his place inside the top 15 on the Challenge Tour’s money list to assure himself of a European Tour card for 2016.
He’s currently in ninth spot after five starts with €37,508, and he needs to win himself about another €32,000 to be sure of locking up that 15th spot if records over the last few years are anything to go by.
His compatriot Jake Roos won the season-opening Barclays Kenya Open and this event last year en route to European Tour graduation, so will Porteous interpret that as an omen, having claimed the Kenyan title in March of this year?
Certainly, his form is not far away from another title. Better final rounds in his last two appearances and the 20-year-old might have done better than a share of 16th at the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge and a tied 18th finish at the Swiss Challenge presented by Association Suisse de Golf.
On the week before his 21st birthday, the Johannesburg man certainly looks ready to take another huge step towards The European Tour.
Brandon Stone, who was beaten by Porteous in a play-off in the Barclays Kenya Open is currently in 14th on the money list, and he will also be in action in Germany this week.
The other South Africans in the field are Dean Burmester, Justin Walters and Dylan Frittelli.