The 24-year-old led from start to finish to complete an impressive one-shot victory at the South to East Challenge, the first of a three-event MENA Golf Tour odyssey in South Africa, co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Big Easy Tour.
Highlighted by Roelofsz’s win, the R500,000 event saw home players sweep the first five places, showcasing a strong pedigree of golf in South Africa and they will be keen to replicate the same performance at Glendower Golf Club in Johannesburg.
Despite radiating good vibes, Roelofsz preferred to stay grounded and is simply hoping to play well again and see where that leaves him.
“I’m looking forward to the Jo’burg City Masters. Last week’s win was a big boost for me. I’m just trying to get my life in order as I had been out for about two months. It seems to be coming right and you can see that through the golf,” said Roelofsz, the Big Easy Tour’s Order of Merit leader.
The in-form South African will be up against a deeply talented field packed with no less than six winners on the MENA Golf Tour in addition to a slew of potential champions in what promises to be a compelling competition in the South Africa’s commercial capital.
Hoping to seek revenge of sorts will be Thriston Lawrence who started the final round of last week’s event at Centurion just one shot off the pace, but a closing two-over-par 73 saw him slip to tied seventh.
The winner of the 2015 MENA Golf Tour Order of Merit title, Lawrence will need a strong performance this week to breathe new life into his season and earn some valuable Official World Ranking points.
Other notables in the field includes England’s Lee Corfield, a four-time winner on the MENA Golf Tour, Chile’s Antonio Costa, Paul Doherty of Scotland and Scott Campbell, the winner of 2015 MENA Tour Championship, who all will be aiming to step on the pedal to add more sizzle to the competition at Glendower Golf Club.
Opened to public in 1937, Glendower Golf Club has hosted many of South Africa’s flagship tournaments, including the SA Open. Boasting kikuyu fairways with 64 bunkers, including 27 on the front nine, and water hazards on 11 of the 18 holes, the par-72 course offers a challenging yet fair test of golf.