15th February 2019 | Sunshine Tour
Bruiners will give his best in battle to keep card
Heinrich Bruiners needs to get into the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit’s top 100 if he is to retain his card for next season. At the Dimension Data Pro-Am, he said he is optimistic that he can get that right.
He’s currently in 106th position, and he has three more events – including this week at Fancourt – to get the job done, and maybe even get into the season-ending Tour Championship.
“I had a good season on the Big Easy Tour and, obviously, I had a bad year on the Sunshine Tour and now I’m trying to keep my card again,” he reflected on the season. “There are so many positives. I feel my game is getting close to winning again, honestly. It is a bold statement to make, but with the form that I have shown and the hard work that I have put in, I think it is very close again.”
The 2013 Vodacom Origins of Golf Euphoria champion believes he can turn things around in any week before the season ends. “I just need to stay patient and not get ahead of myself. I am lying in the middle of the pack and I’m trying to keep my card, but it can change in one week. Hopefully that will happen.
“If I feel I give my best, that will be good enough and I can live with that. If I give everything and don’t keep my card, it doesn’t matter. I will get up again and obviously take the necessary steps. As long as I give my best, that’s all I can do at the end of the day,” he said.
The 31-year-old sot a good opening round of two-under-par 71 at the Dimension Data Pro-Am at The Links at Fancourt on Thursday. He was seven shots off the lead.
The tournament is played on three courses – Outeniqua, The Links at Fancourt and Montagu. Players play a round on each of the courses ahead of the cut, and the final round will be played at Montagu on Sunday.
“I think my game is heading in the right direction. After this event we have got the Team Championship, and then the Limpopo Championship which we are playing at Euphoria, my favourite course. I am looking forward to that. I am trying to build up to perform my best in that week. I am going to play my best and focus this week, obviously. It is not going to be easy, but I am going to try and stay patient.”
Bruiners has made seven cuts out of 19 starts this season was happy to start well. “Obviously, you always get some nerves and butterflies when you start an event like this, but at the end of the day I enjoy feeling that way. It is weird. For some reason, I think I need to fight the nerves.”
The member of Gary Player Class of 2019 also has two decades of experience at Fancourt. “I am still a member here and I have been part of Fancourt for the past almost 20 years. I know this course very well. When Gary Player opened The Links, I was part of the development team and we were actually part of the opening function. I was here from the day the course was opened. So, I know all the changes and everything that happened on this course.”
A good round on Montagu in the second round of the Dimension Data Pro-Am will go a long way to helping Bruiners retain his card.