Paul Bradshaw was excited about getting the chance to play a full season on the Sunshine Tour this year and his opening 66 at Qualifying School put him one step closer to that goal.
ÂIÂm really looking forward to the 2013 season. I played some events last season, but now I want a full card, and even though weÂll have to pre-qualify for a lot of events, I canÂt wait to get back out there,Â he said.
The 29-year-old has been a journeyman on the Sunshine Tour since 2005. He used a combination of patience and course management to let the opportunities present themselves and it paid off in the form of eight birdies at Schoeman Park Golf Club.
ÂBeing here last year gave me a good idea of what to expect. I often get ahead of myself, but IÂve learnt to be patient and today that really worked. If you play fairway to green and keep the pars going then the birdies start to come,Â he said.
The Glendower Golf Club professional chose plenty of irons off the tee and relied on solid putting as he cruised to six-under and an early hold on second place.
ÂAt Schoeman Park you donÂt need to take driver a lot,Â he said. ÂThe fairways are firm and the ball runs, so you can punch irons off the tee and have between 120 and 150 to the flag. You donÂt need more than that!Â
With plenty of golf to go, Bradshaw was determined to not get ahead of himself after starting QSchool the way everyone wants to. If he keeps his cool that full tour card will likely be his come Saturday.