Ryan makes his move at Vusi Q-School

2013 BMG Classic: Day 1On Wednesday Ryan Strauss joined the bidding Vusi Ngubeni Qualifying School when he shot 69 and moved within one stroke of the lead.

“It’s nice to shoot under par and I’ve played well over the last two days. I’m feeling pretty confident and hitting it nicely. You have to focus on making chances without getting too far ahead of yourself,” he said.

The Capetonian highlighted his round with an eagle at the 13th, but it was steady play that earned him a share of second alongside amateur Trevor Mahoney. The pair reached the 36-hole mark on three-under-par, one shot back from leader Makhetha Mazibuko.

“I bombed a massive drive on 13 and had a solid eight iron into the green,” said Strauss. “I rolled in a 20-footer for eagle and that always gives you some happiness. It really kept the momentum flowing,” he said.

There are 15 Sunshine Tour and 40 Big Easy Tour cards on offer at Vusi Ngubeni Qualifying School. The tournament was founded in 2004 and strives to giving previously disadvantaged golfers an equal opportunity to compete on the professional circuit.

Sunshine Tour winners James Kamte, Teboho Sefatsa and Heinrich Bruiners are graduates, along with Big Easy Tour champions Toto Thimba, Irvin Mazibuko and Derick Petersen.

This week’s field includes many of tomorrow’s stars and youngsters Sipho Bujela, Musiwalo Nethunzwi and Mpho Mafishe have all reached the halfway mark within the bounds of the top 15.

Strauss stood out from the pack on Wednesday as he carded the low round of the day. He was excited about the chance to compete on the Sunshine Tour in the coming season and will surely give his all as he tries to secure his card this week.

“It’s always a good confidence builder to play well. You need self-belief to play this game and it can get tough to stay calm, but this event helps us to understand that,” he said.

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