With the first task completed on what should have been a textbook graduation to the international stage, he went and won his first event on the European Challenge Tour, edging Brandon Stone in a play-off in the 2015 Barclays Kenya Open.
The rest of the year saw him unable to keep his game at the high levels required to finish inside the top 15 on the Challenge Tour, and he had to settle for what he thought to be a 2016 season on the European Challenge Tour.
And then came the emotional victory at the Joburg Open. Porteous is now set to enjoy life on the European Tour for the next two years.
A former SA Amateur number one, Porteous is a young man with talent of which most players can only dream. With a new sense of motivation, hard work in the gym and a strong mental approach, Haydn Porteous could be a name all South African golf fans will be cheering in the years to come.