Justin joins the finest at Fancourt

Justin Turner carded 69 at the Montagu course to lead a rainy pre-qualifier for the Dimension Data Pro-Am, which plays out across Fancourt’s three courses from Thursday.


“It was very nice to be out there and get it done. The rain didn’t stop from about the sixth hole onwards and it felt good to succeed today, because it was tough and the course was playing long,” he said.


The 2014 Sunshine Tour Qualifying School graduate birdied his first two holes and never looked back. He shot three-under-par for the day and secured tied first with Brett Liddle before the pair took home place at this week’s R3,75-million tournament.


“I had a good amateur career, but when it came around to QSchool I just never managed to get it done,” said Turner. “I moved up to Pretoria last year and put a lot of hard work in last year. I started practicing at Serengeti and got myself ready – I’ve been playing great ever since.”


The 25-year-old made the move from Cape Town to Pretoria in order to work on his game and become a solid professional. The work has paid off and this week he’ll tee up alongside 11 European Tour winners, including Thomas Aiken, Dawie van der Walt and Pablo Martin. He’ll need every ounce of confidence built in the pre-qualifier to tackle this week’s tournament.


“I pre-qualified into Joburg Open and last year into the South African Open Championship, so I’ve had a good run of pre-qualifiers so far. Hopefully I can keep the good form going and play well this week,” said Turner.


Liddle had a slow start to the round but soon began to move on the back nine. A birdie at the par-three 17th secured his share of the lead, but the real victory was picking up a spot at Fancourt this week.


This week has plenty in store for Turner, who’s not about to get ahead of himself just yet.


“Right now I’m not thinking of the end result, because I think that’s where a lot of young players make the mistake of getting ahead of themselves. Right now I’m trying to go out there and shoot the lowest round I can each day,” he said.


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