Musi gunning for Sunshine Tour card

2015 Golden Pilsner Zimbabwe Open: Day 1Musiwalo Nethunzwi is one of 150 players who will tee up at the Vusi Ngubeni Qualifying School this week in the hopes of securing a Sunshine Tour card for the 2016 season.

The Qualifying School, named in honour of former Sunshine Tour Board Member Vusi Ngubeni, aims to provide previously disadvantaged golfers with the opportunity to compete for playing privileges on the Sunshine Tour.

Nethunzwi turned professional in 2013 and spent the season touring, during which time he finished seventh at the Vodacom Origins of Golf at Selbourne Park Golf Estate.

Over the last three years he has also recorded top-10 results at three events on the Sunshine Big Easy Tour, making him a seasoned contender.

The 26-year-old plays out of Modderfontein Golf Club, host of this week’s 72-hole tournament. Local knowledge will play a vital role as he looks to earn one of the 15 spots on offer.

Last year Trevor Mahoney won Vusi Ngubeni Qualifying School by one shot on five-under-par after he carded 69 for the final round. Over the following season he competed in 19 events, topped by a share of 10th place at the Vodacom Origins of Golf at St. Francis Links in October.

Nethunzwi will look to emulate last year’s winner and rise to the ranks of Sunshine Tour member. It will be a huge move forward and his four-round trial begins on Tuesday.

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