Vickesh Singh, the amateur from the Durban Golf Club, shot the round of the day on Thursday to vault to the top of the leaderboard of the Vusi Ngubeni Qualifying School being played at the Observatory Golf Club.
The top five players at the end of the four rounds will receive full Sunshine Tour cards, while the next 25 players will receive playing privileges on the new Âmini tourÂ which will take place this year.
SinghÂs three-under-par 69 was one of just seven scores under par, and it was a bogey-free affair with three birdies. It gave him a three-round score of one-under-par 215 and a two-stroke lead over Lebo Ramukosi, Cameron Esau and Wandile Gininda in second.
Ramukosi fired a two-under-par 70, while Esau and Gininda each carded one-under-par 71.
Halfway leader Ali Tsai slipped to a third-round 76 to occupy fifth place on his own, and John Bele was in sixth after his 74.
The men who were in second behind Tsai at the cut Â Solly Mokgari and Joe Trongo Â slipped further down the leaderboard.
Mokgari made a five-over 77 to be in a share of 10th with amateur John Sangqu and Trongo was six over at 78 in the third round and in a share of 12th with Kenneth Dube, Keenan Paulsen and Tsietsi Chabangu.