MJ makes waves in first pro event

Just one week after getting his card from Qualifying School, MJ Daffue made the cut and then shot 65 at Centurion Country Club to take an early share of fourth in his first-ever professional event.

“I’m very grateful, because I just got out of QSchool. I just tried to play my best and so far it’s been good. Nine competitive rounds under par, so I’m not complaining,” he said.

The Telkom PGA Pro-Am signals the start of the Sunshine Tour season, and Daffue played his way into the event by shooting 66 in pre-qualifying. The 23-year-old then went on to card 70, 67 at Centurion to make the 36-hole cut in a share of 14th at seven-under-par.

But the best was yet to come, as Daffue made two eagles on his way to an incredible 65 during the final round. It was his ninth consecutive sub-par round and took the youngster to 14-under-par for the tournament.

“I grew up playing junior golf with some of these guys and played college golf with Oliver Bekker and Dawie van der Walt, and after today I definitely feel like I belong here.”

“I made two eagles and had a putt for the third eagle on the last. On the third I took driver and then seven-iron from 180. I hit it to about eight feet and made my first eagle there. Then for the second eagle, which was on 10, I took driver and then nine-iron to about eight feet as well,” he said.

The tournament had not yet been concluded, and Daffue was hoping that his total would hold up for a top-five finish, which would earn him an entry to the Joburg Open.

“I just hope I can get that top-five and get exemption for the Joburg (Open). After I made the qualifier for this I set a top-five as my next goal. It’s very tough coming out of QSchool and playing your best golf and not getting into a tournament,” he said.

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