Michael Hollick, now in his second year on tour, wants to make the most of a first-round 69 at the Cape Town Open on his path to golfing success.
“Halfway through the year I reassessed my goals. The beginning of the year didn’t pan out the way I would have liked and I only got going in about May," said Hollick, who currently ranks 62nd on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit.
"I’m making my way up the Order of Merit and a good week would bump me up going into summer,”
The Durbanite finished 26th at Sunshine Tour Qualifying School in 2012 and toured for two months before his first flash of brilliance. That moment came at the Dimension Data Pro-Am in February last year, where Hollick shot a Sunday 69 to finish tied for eighth. Since then he’s picked up three top-five results, but the next tier awaits.
Hollick’s latest foray into contention was at the Lion of Africa Cape Town Open on Thursday, where he shot 69 to share fifth at the close of round one.
“It was a bit challenging in the weather, and I had a few moments where the storm looked like it was really going to kick in, so three-under was good considering,” said the Mount Edgecombe professional.
While three rounds remain at Royal Cape Golf Club, the young gun from Durban was keen to take his good start in Cape Town and convert it to a decent result. With the co-sanctioned events waiting just around the corner, Hollick is looking to climb high enough in the ranking to earn a place alongside the European Tour professionals.
“I’m hoping to get in on last year’s ranking, and if I do get to play I’ll try to get a few decent results there,” he said.