ItÂs been a tough year for Reggie Adams, but he made it through the pre-qualifier into the main draw of the Telkom PGA Pro-Am which gets underway on Wednesday at Centurion Country Club.
Adams carded a three-under-par 69 to play his way into the R500,000 main event, one-stroke off the pace set by Callie Swart.
And, for Adams, itÂs a return to the scene of his last top-10 performance on the Sunshine Tour, as he finished in a share of ninth in last yearÂs event, behind winner Jaco van Zyl.
On the 2011 Sunshine Tour, he has missed five cuts in the six tournaments heÂs played, but he managed to turn that trend around last week when he finished in a share of 27th behind Adilson Da Silva in the Vodacom Origins of Golf event at Sishen Golf Club.
HeÂs played on the Sunshine Big Easy Tour presented by Stonehage this year, too, and has been in the money only twice in the six events heÂs played there.
So the 26-year-old Durbanville professional will be hoping that the turnaround in his 2011 fortunes signalled by last weekÂs performance will be supplemented by his good memories of the 2010 tournament over the 6,700-metre layout.
In the pre-qualifier, Adams was joined in second place behind Swart on 69 by Don Black, Mark Fensham and Jake Redman.
Attie Schwartzel, Ryan Cairns, JJ Senekal and Lourens Kleynhans all carded one-under 71s to get into the main draw in a share of sixth place.
The last man in was Adrian Ford, who beat Jeff Inglis and John McClean in a playoff for the final spot.
The 54-hole tournament concludes on Friday.