10th January 2018 | Sunshine Tour
Veteran Bothma amongst qualifiers into BMW SA Open
After two of the three qualifiers for the BMW SA Open proudly hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni were delayed by storms, veteran Michiel Bothma was one of nine players who made it into the world’s second oldest open championship.
Bothma, 44, has won four times on the Sunshine Tour, with his most recent victory coming in 2010. He was joined in the main tournament which tees off on Thursday at Glendower Golf club by two amateurs in Louis Albertse and Matt Saulez, professionals Robertio Lupini, Heinrich Bruiners, Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent, Toto Thimba and Ryan Tipping. Fitment specialist Marthin Scheepers, who works in golf retail in Pretoria, made up the nine qualifiers.
Bothma finished on five-under-par 67 at Modderfontein Golf Club, one stroke behind Lupini, while Albertse won a three-way play-off with professionals Luke Jerling and Botswana’s Steve Smith to earn his place in the tournament which is co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour and the European Tour.
At Benoni Country Club, Bruiners led the field with his four-under-par 68, one stroke ahead of Vincent and Scheepers.
Thimba’s six-under-par 66 at Irene Country Club led the way there, one stroke ahead of Tipping. Saulez won a four-man play-off with fellow-amateurs Cameron Moralee and Armand van Dyk, and professional Michael Hollick to earn his spot in the field.