8th January 2013 | Sunshine Tour

Rookie SA pros face off in Finland

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Haydn Porteous made his professional debut a week ago, but this week at the Finnish Challenge he’ll get the chance to square off against the up and coming stars of Europe.


He’ll face tough competition at Kytaja Golf Club this week, not least of which will come from his compatriots Dylan Frittelli and Brandon Stone, both fellow rookies.


Porteous turned pro on the back of a glittering amateur career and proved his readiness on debut at the Russian Open, where he made the cut and took home a share of 44th.


The 19-year-old got his first taste of professional golf on the Sunshine Big Easy Tour, receiving two invitations during his amateur career as part of a golf development initiative by the Sunshine Tour. He’s been around the scene for long enough to know what it takes.


This week he’ll square off against his old rival Brandon Stone, who burst onto the scene with a 10th-place finish on debut at the BMW International Open.


The Stone family is all golf, and father Kevin won 10 Sunshine Tour events during his career. The mantle has been handed over to Brandon, who seems comfortable with his leap straight onto the European Tour.


Frittelli, the third rookie from South Africa, has played a season unlike any rookie and chalked up wins at the Karnten Golf Open and at Big Easy Roodepoort. He’s headed to Finland on the back of a tied-fourth finish at the Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge and ranks eighth on the Challenge Tour Order of Merit.


The 23-year-old topped the American amateur rankings before turning pro, and at the Telkom PGA Championship in January finished sole second. He’s clearly going to be a huge name in golf, and this season is glimpse into what his future holds.


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