MJ Daffue returned to South Africa to compete in the Sunshine TourÂs Qualifying School and got off to a flying start with a first-round 63 at Schoeman Park Golf Club.
ÂI feel pretty good. ItÂs the dream start everybody wants. I felt pretty confident coming into today because I did well at PGA QSchool and fell out at second stage, thatÂs when I decided to come out here,Â he said.
Just two days after his 24th birthday, the Pretoria local got off to a flyer after sinking his second at the par-four third. He never looked back after that and reached the clubhouse at nine-under-par.
ÂOn three I really got my round started,Â he said. ÂI hit a five-iron around the corner from 132 yards and it landed a little bit behind the pin. We couldnÂt see the ball and when we got up there the ball was in the hole Â eagle!Â
The tall youngster has teed up alongside plenty of Sunshine Tour winners during his time playing college golf in America. That experience helped him to keep a steady head when he started to go deep.
I played college golf for Lamar University. There are a lot of good South Africans who have come through, like Justin Harding, Oliver Bekker and Dawie van der Walt. ItÂs a pretty good college to play golf for, and I play with those guys a lot. IÂm used to shooting pretty low numbers, so today I was just being cautious and trying not to get too excited. I stuck to my pre-shot and pre-putt routines and that paid off.
Daffue was excited for the week and keen to play on the Sunshine Tour, but hadnÂt putt all of his eggs into one basket just yet. He wants to see where the week leads and take it from there.
ÂItÂs hard to follow up a good round with a decent round. ItÂs a long week and IÂll just keep plugging away over the five rounds. ÂI have no idea what my plans are after this. I want to go back to The States and play few more tournaments before I come back here if I get my card,Â he said.