Teboho Sefatsa returns to Glendower Golf Club, his home club, to play in the R100,000 Sunshine Big Easy Tour tournament presented by Stonehage and will be aiming for his maiden victory.
ÂI feel good about playing at my home course. I spent plenty of time on this course as an amateur, but I donÂt get to play here too much as a pro, so itÂs really good to be back,Â he said.
While defending champion Albert Pistorius is no longer eligible for the development tour, Sefatsa will still have to overcome a tough field, which includes three former Big Easy winners.
But the 29-year-old has home-ground advantage, and showed it when he shot an opening 67 a year ago. A disappointing 73 for round two left Sefatsa out of contention, and he finished in a share of fifth. Currently in his ninth year on tour, he shrugged off the memory, adding: ÂThat second round last year was a stumbling block, but you learn from those experiences. I just have to take it in my stride and try to avoid making the same mistakes.Â
As the Tour Championship begins to loom, many players are looking to move on the Order of Merit. The top five earners receive tour cards for the Sunshine TourÂs 2013 season, so plenty is at stake. Sefatsa currently ranks third in earnings, and explained that his entrance to season finale is secure, but he would like to take top honours at the end of the year. ÂWhatever happens, IÂm comfortable that IÂll make the Tour Championship, but there is a race for the money, especially to finish at the very top of the Order of Merit,Â he said.
Shortly after playing his practice round, the Germiston local commented on how familiar the course was. ItÂs a good indicator as to his chances this week. ÂI played a round to practice, and not much has changed. Even though I havenÂt been here for a while, itÂs just like a riding a bicycle,Â he said.