12th March 2019 | Sunshine Tour
Sefatsa takes slender lead at Vusi Ngubeni Q-School
Teboho Sefatsa set the pace at the Vusi Ngubeni Qualifying School as he shot a good five-under-par 67 in an effort to regain his Sunshine Tour card at Modderfontein Golf Club on Tuesday.
Sefatsa birdied the first, sixth and eighth holes, eagled the 10th, and birdied the 14th, but made a single unwanted bogey just before he turned to edge clear of Franklin Manchest by a single shot. Keelan van Wyk was next best on three-under, and in a congested share of fourth were Thabang Simon, Altaaf Bux, Jabulani Mabilane, Thanda Mavundla, Jastice Mashego and amateurs Neswill Croy and Dylan Naidoo.
“It was a steady start,” Sefatsa said. “I started off with a great tee shot on one and it was an easy birdie for me. I just kept on being steady and I chipped in on the sixth. My next birdie, I made on the eighth hole. Unfortunately, on nine, I had my worst swing of the day, I hit it in the water and got up and down for bogey there. In the back nine, I just continued in a positive frame of mind. I eagled number 10. I then birdied the 14th and just putted all the way in. I just kept giving myself chances and I played really good today.”
He won last year’s event at Modderfontein and also led the 2014 qualifiers from the event which was held at Crown Mines Golf Club. “I will just be me this week and just play the game,” he said about his game plan going to the next three rounds. “I try to play the game to the best of my ability. I know I can be up there week-in and week-out. Unfortunately, the 2018-19 season hasn’t been great. I played well, but no results. We are up and running again and we are hoping for the best. This is just another chance to reach my goals and realise my dreams and that is all it is. I just want to keep myself playing. Obviously, this is my passion. I love the game.”
Manchest had to compose himself as he teed up in the morning. “For some reason, I was a bit nervous at the beginning,” he said. “But I managed to get into my comfort zone and played my game. I played to my own strengths. Even though I did not hit all the shots as I wanted to, I still stuck to the clubs that I planned to take from the tee and not change my ideas. I putted well today. I am very happy for that. It will mean a lot to me to get my card back. If I get it back for the second time, I am going to make sure that I work hard enough that I don’t lose it again.”
The school is named after Vusi Ngubeni, a former Sunshine Tour board member and director of Eskom who was killed in a car accident in 2003. The aim of the Vusi Ngubeni Qualifying School is to afford previously disadvantaged golfers an opportunity to join and compete on the Sunshine Tour and realise their dreams of becoming professional golfers.