Thriston Lawrence has learnt in his rookie year that there is huge competition on the Challenge Tour. He’s missed cuts, but this week could turn that all around after his opening 70 at the Azerbaijan Golf Challenge Open moved him into an early share of 15th.
Lawrence is 17 years old and has plenty of time to come to grips with competition across the globe. He’s certainly going to get a taste if he can post another good score on Friday and make the weekend with a chance to contend.
Another of South Africa’s young stars will tee off this afternoon and his name is Haydn Porteous. The 20-year-old from Modderfontein Golf Club has five top-10s on the Sunshine Tour in his rookie season and last week he finished tied 12th at the European Tour’s M2M Russian Open.
Porteous currently ranks 354th in the world and leads the Sunshine Tour Rookie of the Year Race. While he still has plenty of maturing to do, there is no doubt that he’s on track for a great career.
Already a stalwart of the Sunshine and Challenge Tours is Jake Roos, who joins the fray at The National Azerbaijan Golf Course this week. The six-time Sunshine Tour champ needs one more victory to secure a full European Tour card that will run for the remained of this season and right through to the end of next year.
Plenty of opportunities stand before the South Africans in Azerbaijan this week, and they’ll all be looking to tick certain boxes, to achieve certain feats, that they’ve laid out for themselves.