Kevin Rundle teed up on Tuesday morning at Houghton Golf Club tied for 31st place in the Sunshine Big Easy Tour’s event there, but his impressive final round of 65 secured him a maiden win professional win.
“It’s my first professional win, which is a big milestone in anyone’s career. I hit some good shots out there today, and I’m overwhelmed with the result,” he said.
The 23-year-old turned professional after finishing 11th at this year’s Sunshine Tour Qualifying School and took the next step towards career success with his victory on Tuesday.
Rundle closed out the tournament like a champion, taking a mere 31 strokes to burn through Houghton’s back nine. The electric scoring secured a four-shot win for the Hillcrest local, who was was stoic under the pressure of contention.
“I got to the 15th green and saw a scoreboard, realised that I was in it, and the nerves started to kick in. Straight after that at the 16th I hit a really great shot, a nine iron from 144 metres that nearly went in the hole, and it set up a really good birdie and calmed me down,” he said.
He’s been able to make some progress on the Sunshine Tour this season, and finished in 54th place at the Dimension Data Pro-Am in February. Two months later at the Mopani/Redpath Zambia Open he carded a Sunday 70 to secure 40th place, but the top results that he wants are yet to come.
“It’s exciting to shoot my lowest professional round and go on to win the tournament. It’s been tough on the main tour this season. To play against quality players and perform like I did today proves that I do belong out here,” he said.
His emphatic seven-under-par round on Tuesday will go a long way to helping him with self-belief when he next tees up with the Sunshine Tour’s regulars at the Sun City Challenge in early August.
“Since (Vodacom Origins of Golf) Langebaan I’ve been playing some good golf. I was a little rusty during the first round, but I shook that off and played really nicely today. From here I’ll keep working hard and see where things take us,” he said.