Last year Jaco Ahlers won the Lion of Africa Cape Town Open and played in the Nedbank Golf Challenge, which are two huge accomplishments. This week at the final stage of Asian Tour qualifying school he’s hoping to use that experience and earn playing privileges for 2015.
To do that Ahlers must finish within the bounds of the top 40. Some 232 players have made it to the final stage, which starts on Wednesday.
The Centurion local can rely on his 2014 season for backup to a claim in Asia. Last year he recorded 10 top-10 finishes, including his playoff victory in Cape Town. He finished the season ranked 16th on the Order of Merit and amassed over R1-million.
He’s certainly matured as a player and has to make that count in Thailand this week, where each competitor must play one round and both Imperial Lakeview Country Club and Springfield Royal Country Club, after which the final two rounds are held at Springfield Royal.
Ahlers will have to draw on his recent achievements if he wants to come out tops.
“This is a stepping stone in my career. You get recognised and it’s something that I can say that I’ve played. Confidence-wise it makes a big difference. It’s difficult to describe, but this is an opportunity you have to recognise and go with,” said the 32-year-old.
Joining him at qualifying school are countrymen Shaun Norris, Keith Horne, Andrew Curlewis, Wallie Coetsee, Mathiam Keyser and Danie van Tonder.