Juan Langeveld turned professional in 2008, and he turned up the heat on Friday in the fourth round of the Sunshine Tour Qualifying School being played at the Bloemfontein and Schoeman Park Golf Clubs.
He carded a five-under-par 67 around the Bloemfontein Golf Club layout, lifting him to the top of the leaderboard at 12-under-par, with the afternoon field still to return any scores ahead of the cut. That gave him a one-stroke edge over two other experienced professionals, Drikus van der Walt and Clifford Howes.
Langeveld made six birdies and a bogey in his five-under-par fourth round, while Howes matched his score on the same course with an eagle, five birdies and two bogeys.
Van der Walt made the low score of the tournament so far with a seven-under par 65 – also at Bloemfontein – with eight birdies and a bogey. Four of those birdies came in succession as he picked up shots on each of the holes from the 13th to the 16th.
The experience this trio brings to bear will stand them in good stead in a final round which is sure to be characterised by much tension, as the 60 players (and ties) who make the cut do battle for the 30 Sunshine Tour cards on offer.
They will find themselves in the company of younger players hoping to realise dreams of becoming professionals on a tour which has produced many international stars.
Amongst those younger players are the likes of Tertius van den Berg, the leading amateur after the morning field had completed its fourth round: He carded a five-under-par 67 to move to 10-under-par for the tournament.