Derick Petersen has struggled in the last three Sunshine Big Easy Tour events presented by Stonehage, and will look to this weekÂs tournament at Houghton Golf Club to earn a share of the R100,000 prize.
Houghton Golf Club, which has hosted the SA Open eight times, will challenge Petersen to play with careful course management and not become ambitious too often.
The new tour is named after three-time major winner Ernie Els in recognition of his continued commitment to the development of the game in South Africa and is open to players who received their cards at the Sunshine Tour 2011 Qualifying School played in Bloemfontein last year, the top 30 at the Vusi Ngubeni Strokeplay played in Johannesburg in January and those who finished from 71st to 150th on the 2010 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit.
Petersen is currently eighth on the tourÂs Order of Merit after he recorded top-five finishes in the first three events of the season, including a win at Observatory Golf Club in May.
The George Golf Club professional has struggled with a high bogey count through the last three tournaments and only just finished in the money at ERPM where he tied for 26th.
He must remain patient in his course management, and, with a little less risk-taking, will succeed at carding rounds below par again.
PetersenÂs early season proved his mettle, and he will be ready for a return to form, which makes him an outside pick to watch out for in Houghton this week.