The 23-year-old was one of 135 players who headed for the 72-hole qualifying school in the hopes of winning one of 15 Sunshine Tour cards on offer.
“My dream is to become one of the best professional golfers. I’m on the route to where I want to be, all I need to do is keep improving day by day. This week is huge for me, because it sets up the whole year,” he said.
Jung is currently in his third year on tour and hopes to use this week’s 72-hole tournament as a stepping stone into the big events of summer.
A shoulder injury sidelined him for nine months and he can’t wait to get back into competitive golf. His opening round of 72 at Modderfontein meant an early share of second place, one shot behind leader Allister de Kock, who set out to play aggressive golf and was rewarded with a round of 71.
Jung will need to remain focused, because there are still 54 holes to go and this week plays a huge role in determining his chances for the year.
“I had a slight shoulder injury and took a sabbatical of nine months. I started playing again in November and I’ve been preparing since then. I feel ready to get back into it, and this is the route I need to take,” he said.
Joining him in second place were Ryan Strauss, Warrick Moonieyan and amateurs Dwayne Basson and Trevor Mahoney. Thanda Mavundla, Alpheus Kelapile and Thabang Simon shared seventh place on one over par.