Last chance for Burmester

Dean Burmester’s last shot at winning on the Sunshine Big Easy Tour presented by Stonehage will commence on Thursday as he competes in the R100 000 Modderfontein Golf Club event.

Burmester has recorded three top-10 results for 2011, finished tied 16th at the latest event at Benoni Country Club and has consistently finished in the money since May.

Modderfontein is the final event ahead of the Tour Championship, and considering his two second-place finishes this year, Burmester will view Modderfontein as a last chance to secure victory.

The 22-year-old has played just 21 professional events and is already seventh on the Sunshine Big Easy Tour’s Order of Merit, despite failing to take home a cheque at the Crown Mines, Irene and Observatory events.

The Schoeman Park Golf Club professional managed to turn his game around in the latter half of 2011, but has been unable to seal a win.

Burmester first tasted success at Glendower Golf Club in June when he shot an opening round 65, but an on-form Albert Pistorius would birdie the 18th for a one-stroke win.

Dean O’Riley ousted Burmester for the win in the following event at Kempton Park Golf Club.

Both players shot a second-round 67, but O’Riley’s opening 69 would carry him to victory as Burmester lost by a single stroke for a second consecutive week.

The four subsequent events have all seen the youngster finish in the top 30, including a share of eighth at ERPM Golf Club and a tie for 16th in the latest event at Benoni Country Club.

Burmester has been unable to win despite drastic improvements to his results during the latter half of 2011, and will surely aim for top honours at Modderfontein this week.

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