2nd July 2018 | Sunshine Tour
Manchest prepares for Karen
Franklin Manchest who is currently working hard on his putting would want to turn things around at the KCB Karen Masters, at Karen Country Club – which tees off in 17 days. This follows the missed cut at Big Easy Challenge #5, last week.
“I am working on my putting more especially,” he said about the aspect of his game that he is focusing on. “I am also working on my short game so that I can get that firing for the tournament, so whenever there is a mishit shot I can always recover from it.”
The rookie on the Sunshine Tour missed the cut on the Big Easy Tour at Killarney Country Club after signing for rounds of 79 and 74 on 13-over-par 153, last week.
“It was not one of the greatest weeks I’ve had or I expected to have on the tournament. Obviously, I planned hard for it and practiced hard as can be expected, but I took a lot of positives from it. Even mentally, I learnt a lot,” Manchest said.
Rewinding back to earlier in the 2018-19 season to up to so far, the George Golf Club player had both good and bad experiences. He shared 58th at the Old Mutual Zimbabwe Open as he carded rounds of 72, 71, 71 and 77 for three-over-par 291, he failed to qualify at the Investec Royal Swazi Open, missed the cut at the Lombard Insurance Classic and finished tied 21st at six-over-par 222 at the Sun City Challenge.
“The experience is good. I have learnt a lot and I have seen how to operate around the tour especially, traveling wise. That is the main thing. Everyone has the ability to play the game, but mentally not all of us are capable to do it and physically, because of all the traveling,” the 20-year-old said.
Manchest is happy to be part of the Gary Player Class of 2018-19. “That is helping my game because with the opportunities they give us to go crack the world of golf and we have free membership at gym at Virgin Active. That helps me a lot,” he said.
The Gary Player Class is the Sunshine Tour’s development programme which benefits from the longstanding support of the South African Golf Development Board (SAGDB), founded in 1999 by Johann Rupert as the official body for golf development in South Africa, as well as the Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation (EEFF) in a collective effort to use golf to improve the lives of disadvantaged South Africans.