Patience the key for JP

In his three years on tour JP van der Walt has learnt that patience is crucial to success and he applied that knowledge at Qualifying School on Tuesday, shooting a first-round 66.

“That was an awesome start to the tournament. I played in The States and tried PGA Tour School, and I’ve been a professional here for three years. I’ve combined those experiences and I’ve learnt that patience is a virtue. You just have to stay patient and not get ahead of yourself and the rest works out,” he said.

The 27-year-old has been grinding on the Sunshine Tour for the last two years and prepared for this week to ensure that his third season would be a success. Like so many of the younger players on tour, he’s learnt that hard work really does pay off, just like it did on Tuesday.

“I’ve been working on the range and since last week it just felt like things clicked. I hit every fairway today and that was really key to my success today. There is still a long way to go, so I’ve got to keep doing what I’m doing,” he said.

The Qualifying School plays out over five rounds at Schoeman Park and Bloemfontein Golf Clubs. Players must play two rounds at each course, after which there is a cut to the leading 60 and ties. Van der Walt will play Bloemfontein Golf Club in the morning and was knew that patience would be crucial once again.

“Tomorrow I play Bloemfontein Golf Club, which is a slightly different course. The greens have a bit more break, but you still use a lot of 3-woods off the tee, just like Schoeman Park. I’ll just have concentrate and stick to my game plan if I want to succeed there,” he said.

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