PROMISING young Zimbabwean golfer Scott Ferguson came within just one shot of making the grade for the 2013 Sunshine Tour following a grueling Qualifying School held in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
The Sunshine Tour this week awarded playing cards to the top 30 players and ties after five rounds which saw 36 players making the grade on six-under-par or better.
Ferguson, who only recently turned professional was, however, not among the lucky players as he was left frustrated after missing out by a single shot after finishing one five-under-par 355 to finish in a tie for position 40.
The only consolation for the 20-year-old former St Johns’ College student is that he managed to earn his playing card for the Big Easy Tour, which is a rung below the Sunshine Tour, by virtue of finishing among the top 68 players who made the cut.
Ferguson also finished as the highest placed among the seven Zimbabwean golfers who were among 265 entrants that competed at Bloemfontein and Schoeman Park Golf Clubs.
Other Zimbabwean golfers who were hoping to earn playing privileges on the Sunshine Tour are Ignatius Mketekete, Greg Bentley, Kayyman Mandhu, Nabeel Umerji, Sheldon Steyn and Bradley Hudson.
Mketekete finished in a tie for 60th on even-par while Steyn was in contention after the first 36 holes before falling by the way side in the next two rounds to eventually end in a tie for 69th.
Tournament winner Torben Baumann from Germany shot a final-round 62 last Saturday at Schoeman Park Golf Club, a score that would have set the new course record were it not for placing on the fairways.
Meanwhile, local golfers’ woes in South Africa continued on Tuesday when Mketekete, Brian Gondo and Micky Hough failed to make the cut during pre-qualifying for the Telkom PGA Pro-Am at Centurion Golf Club in Tshwane.
With only slots on offer, Hough finished tied for 26th, while Mketekete and Gondo finished 71st and 74th respectively.
The country’s leading professional on the Sunshine Tour, Ryan Cairns, is the sole hope in the tournament proper which teed off yesterday.