The 2015 Sunshine Big Easy Tour graduate finished 72 holes at Campo de Golf El Saler in 10-under-par to secure a coveted spot at Final Stage, which means that one last slog stands between him and a European Tour card.
Palmer began the week in terrible fashion – he made a double bogey on the first hole and a bogey on the second – but that galvanized his spirit and he went on to shoot 70 for the first round.
His motivation was high after surviving such a gruelling start to the tournament and the youngster went on to shoot 68 during the second round to begin his march up the leaderboard.
The third round would see Palmer peak with a flawless 67 that gave him a real chance to progress through Second Stage, which he managed to do, courtesy of a final-round 73.
Dean Burmester also made it through Second Stage after he shared 13th place at the Los Colinas Golf & Country Club section. The prolific Sunshine Tour winner birdied three of his final four holes for a final-round 69 that earned him a share of 13th place.
Darryn Lloyd was the final South African to make it through Second Stage, which he achieved with a sole second result at Lumine Golf & Beach Club. The big-hitting youngster shot followed up a first-round 69 with three consecutive rounds of 66 to close out the tournament on 17-under-par.
Jaco Ahlers also played at Lumine, where he shot 66 on day four to finish tied for 17th, which may be enough to squeak an entry into Final Stage. At present he is second reserve and “holding thumbs.”
Michael Hollick came agonisingly close at Las Colinas, but was unable to get the juices flowing on the final day and shot 73 to finish outside the qualifying places.
The Final Stage awaits for South Africa’s next wave of hopefuls and Palmer, who recently finished fourth at the Big Easy Tour Championship, will be eager to play for a European Tour card.