Musiwalo Nethunzwi returns to competitive golf for the inaugural Big Easy tournament of 2014, which plays out at Centurion Country Club from Tuesday.
The past two years have been a learning experience for the 24-year-old, who turned professional in 2013 after winning the Free State and Northern Cape Opens as an amateur.
The first season on tour was an eye-opener for Nethunzwi, who trains at Modderfontein Golf Club. He quickly learnt that it takes a combination of talent and hard work to succeed.
The most crucial lesson, however, was one that he learned on the Big Easy Tour, where he discovered that the level of golf on the professional scene is very high and it takes skill under pressure to succeed.
The aim of the Big Easy Tour is to give up-and-coming golfers a chance to compete under tournament conditions, and last year’s contenders at Big Easy Centurion have gone on to achieve great things.
Toto Thimba took his victory on to Swaziland, where he placed for second after pre-qualifying for the tournament. JJ Senekal tied for third at Centurion Country Club last year and a few months later he won the Vodacom Origins of Golf Final, beating Titch Moore in a playoff at St Francis Links.
The Big Easy Tour has produced a host of success stories, plenty of which were contenders at Big Easy Centurion. The first step for Nethunzwi is clear – he must take on the field at Centurion this week and look to springboard himself into the year through the development tour.