Jean-Paul realizing his QSchool dream

Jean-Paul Strydom has always wanted to be a professional golfer, but still finds it overwhelming to think that in three days that dream might just become a reality.

“I’ve played really well throughout last year, and that’s why I three months ago I decided to turn pro. It’s always been a dream for me, since I was little. Getting the chance to turn pro is really exciting for me,” he said.

The Durbanville local shot an impressive 65 at Schoeman Park Golf Club on Wednesday, moving into a share of fourth after 36 holes at Sunshine Tour Qualifying School. He’s still got three rounds to go, but his nine-under-par total has topped up his confidence for the next few days.

“I’m very happy. I was aiming to just get another two-under-par, so shooting 65 today was really good. Today I hit the ball nicely and boxed some putts. I played junior and senior interprov at Bloem (GC) so I’m very confident going into tomorrow, especially after shooting such a solid round today,” he said.

With the leaders in world golf becoming ever younger, Strydom drew inspiration from their success. But for now he needs to earn that elusive card and begin his own campaign toward golfing success.

“Seeing the younger guys succeeding on the international stage gives me hope. I get inspiration from knowing that I’ve played golf with them. I know where they are now and hopefully I can get there one day,” he said.

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