After Lean Boezaart qualified as a chartered accountant he decided that he had to take his shot at becoming a professional golfer and entered Sunshine Tour Qualifying School.
ÂThis is a turning point in my career, if I donÂt make this then IÂm headed for the corporate world,Â he said.
The Westlake Golf Club professional joined the top 65 and ties due to battle it out during the final 18 on Saturday, after which the top 30 and ties will receive Tour cards for 2012.
ÂI just finished my articles and qualified as a chartered accountant. This is a big tournament for me, a deciding moment – IÂm really keen to play golf full time,Â he said.
His best round came at Schoeman Park Golf Club on Wednesday when he raced around the track in 65 and matched the best score carded at that course during Qualifying School.
ÂI think you have to stay patient while also keeping yourself in the present as much as possible,Â he said.
Boezaart was the only amateur qualifier at the SA Open this year after he shot a solid 68 at Irene Country Club. He carded 71 and 73, missed the cut and finished in a share of 84th Â a result to be proud of when one considers the caliber of player at the worldÂs second-oldest open.
The Western Province golfer looked set for a career move from books to birdies and was optimistic about his future golfing career, saying: ÂThere are exciting times ahead, IÂm not sure what this will entail, but IÂm looking forward to my golfing future.Â