Amateur Jared Harvey will be just one of the 254 entrants battling over just 30 Sunshine Tour cards as Qualifying School plays out over Bloemfontein and Schoeman Park Golf Clubs from Tuesday.
The R70,000 prizefund will not be the focus this week, but rather the chance to compete on the 2012 Sunshine Tour, especially for the 132 amateurs entered, all looking to change their status to rookie.
Harvey was second in the race for the Freddie Tait Trophy at the SA Open Championship last week and gained valuable tournament experience.
He closed the tournament at two-over-par and took a share of 63rd, which was a better result than 89 professionals in the field.
The 22-year-old began playing golf at the age of three and has been a grinder ever since. In February he was awarded the South African Amateur Strokeplay. Scotland’s David Law forced a playoff, but Harvey showed the kind of grit required to go professional.
And the youngster is following in his father’s footsteps – George Harvey won the same title twice. He beat Andries Oosthuizen in a play-off in 1973 and followed the same route against Peter Todt to clinch the title in 1976.
SandtonÂs Roberto Lupini spent his 2011 season on the Sunshine Big Easy Tour and finished off the year with a share of 10th at the Modderfontein event. He heads to Bloemfontein with solid tournament experience.
And some stalwarts will return, such as Teboho Sefatsa, ensuring that no card will be easy to come by.
There will be a heated battle this week as the young guns look to take over from the pros, but the real aim for every golfer entered to find glory on the 2012 Sunshine Tour – It begins here.