13th March 2019 | Sunshine Tour
Croy makes good first impression at Vusi Ngubeni Q-School
Amateur Neswill Croy waited until he felt comfortable about his game before he went full out to hunt for a Sunshine Tour card at this week’s Vusi Ngubeni Qualifying School where he was solid in his first round at Modderfontein Golf Club on Tuesday.
“This is my first time coming to the Q-School,” he said. “I was going to come last year, but I then decided to stay behind and prepare myself better. I didn’t feel bad about that really. This year I worked a lot on my game. I feel really confident and my game is on a good level. I am looking forward to the rest of the week.”
The 23-year-old fired a two-under-par 70 in his opening round thanks to his dedication to sharpening his skills.
Croy who comes from Kuilsriver in Cape Town, feels like this is his right time to join the top-flight with all the work he has put on.
“To be honest, getting a Sunshine Tour card would mean the world to me,” he said. “I have been studying for a PGA Diploma down in the Cape. I have seen the changes in my game and I am playing nicely now so I decided to give it a try. I am just chasing my dream. I think the card will help me to make a better living and have a better future,” he said.
Croy who recently started working as a marshall at Kuilsriver Golf Club, which he represents, spends every chance he gets to practice. “I get time to practice every morning before I start my work at 7am. If I work the full day, I take a golf cart at 6pm after I knock off and go play nine holes if it is not yet dark. On my off days, I am on the golf course the whole time, literally.”
The love of the game was born after he grew up watching his father, Gerhardus Lodewyk Petersen and his brother, Frank Croy, who used to play at amateur level. “My father and brother used to play golf. So, I started hitting some balls from the age of nine. They have since stopped playing. I just want to keep their legacy in golf alive. They did not really play that well, but the inspiration from their side caught up with me. I just want to show them that they shouldn’t have stopped playing.”
He feels his first round was a confidence booster. “It was a very good round from tee to green,” he said. “I left a couple of putts out there, especially on my back nine. I missed at least five seven-footers, but I had a solid round of golf. I enjoyed it, especially with Sipho Bujela and Kenneth Dube. Those two guys are ridiculously good to play with. So, my round was good. I am confident and my plan worked well.”
He needs it to keep working in order to make it to the list of 15 players who will get their cards come Friday. “My game plan going to the week is to stick exactly to the strategy that I have been working on since I arrived here in Johannesburg on Friday. My strategy worked pretty well in my first round. The irons, putting, driver and everything is really good. I just need to box a few more putts and I will be fine.”