The stakes keep getting higher, and England’s Toby Tree keeps making it through qualifying into Sunshine Tour tournaments. On Tuesday, he joined nine other players who played their way into the main draw of the Alfred Dunhill Championship.
The lucrative tournament co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour and The European Tour tees off at Leopard Creek on Thursday, and it represents the third time in the last four tournaments that Tree has got through the pre-qualifying round into the tournament proper. The other two events were the Nedbank Affinity Cup and the Vodacom Origins of Golf Final at Zebula earlier this month.
The pre-qualifying round took place at Irene Country Club, and the 95-man field was topped by Zimbabwe’s Mark Williams, who shot a brilliant 10-under-par 62 to blitz the next-best quartet of players – JC Ritchie, Wynand Dingle, Toto Thimba and Ryan Tipping – by three shots.
Tree and Jeff Inglis shared sixth on six-under-par 66, with Werner van Niekerk and Callum Mowat taking up eighth and ninth respectively.
Mowat was in ninth by virtue of getting out of an eight-man play-off for the final two spots first, and Divan Van den Heever followed him in 10th position, also on four-under-par 68.
Those who missed out in the play-off were Stefan Engell Anderson of Kenya, Gert Myburgh, Maritz Wessels, Lean Boezart, Lindani Ndwandwe and Tyron Roelofsz.