Compared to many of this year’s crop of rookies Musiwalo Nethunzwi has plenty of experience, having played at three tournaments over the summer.
That touring experience will be crucial when the Sunshine Big Easy Tour presented by Stonehage begins its 2013 season at Roodepoort Golf Club next week, where he’ll look to redefine his goals now that he knows what the Tour is all about.
Nethunzwi is no stranger to the Big Easy Tour. Last year he received an invitation to play at Big Easy Houghton and he took it with both hands, reaching a six-under-par total after 36 holes to finish tied third.
The youngster from Soweto has been a shining light since his days at the Gary Player School of Excellence. Back in those days he played out of Soweto Country Club and still managed to reach fourth in the SAGA open Amateur Ranking before he turned pro.
He now plays out of Modderfontein Golf Club, which has a superb development programme for young talent. The likes of Trevor Fisher Junior hail from Modderfontein, and the young gun could well follow in his footsteps.
Nethunzwi was so confident in his ability that he gave away his amateur status before heading for Vusi Ngubeni Qualifying School, believing he had what it took to earn a card. He was very right, and not only made it, but played his way into the season-opening Telkom PGA Pro-Am a fortnight after earning his card.
With the summer wrapped up and the winter tours beginning, it’s tie for players to consolidate their years. For the rookies that means getting as much experience under the belt as possible, yet Nethunzwi comes from a slightly different place. He’s already done well on the Big Easy Tour and has some solid tournament experience under his belt, so he’ll be looking for a result.
In his time as a professional he’s already carded three rounds in the 60s and has the game to contest in Roodepoort. Now all that remains is for him to produce the goods.