Dean Burmester narrowly missed out on Order of Merit victory in the Sunshine Big Easy Tour and will have a point to prove in the Sunshine Tour’s KCM Zambia Open at Nchanga Golf Club come Thursday.
Burmester includes three second-place finishes in his tally of six top-10 results and has every reason to hotly contest the R1,2-million tournament.
The 22-year-old finished the Big Easy Tour Championship in a four-way tie for second, but Louis Calitz, who won by four strokes, earned enough to tip the scales and snatch the Order of Merit from Burmester.
The Schoeman Park Golf Club professional finished 25th in the Sunshine Tour Q-School and had his first taste of success when he came ninth in the Dimension Data Team Pro-Am in February.
He kept slogging through a slow patch until June, when he displayed great form to go 10-under-par at the Glendower Big Easy event, where Albert Pistorius saved victory with a birdie on the 18th.
Burmester lost in a similar fashion to Dean OÂRiley at the Kempton Park event a week later. OÂRiley saved par on the 18th to take victory by one stroke.
Burmester produced two further top-10 finishes before Big Easy Tour Championship, but as yet has been unable to seal a win.
Morne Buys took his first career victory at the Modderfontein Big Easy event and after finishing third at the Tour Championship has been on a solid streak building up to this week.
Wynand Dingle and Bryce Easton have both led events on the Big Easy Tour and gained valuable experience in staying patient.
Burmester will be burning to lift his first professional trophy, and having Calitz in the field will surely add extra fuel to his fire.