RISING Zimbabwean golfer Sheldon Steyn made a fine start to the Sunshine Tour Qualifying School in Bloemfontein, South Africa, carding a four under par 68 in the first round yesterday.
DANIEL NHAKANISO,SPORTS REPORTER
Steyn, who had an impressive seven birdies on his card after 18 holes was in a three-way tie for fourth position together with the South African pair of Rhys West and Jacques de Villiers.
The trio will resume the second round this morning trailing the overnight joint leaders Juan Langeveldt and Drikus van der Walt from South Africa by just two shots.
Steyn, a protégée of the prestigious Gary Player School of Champions run by South African golf legend Gary Player is bidding to become the second Zimbabwean golfer with full playing privileges on the Sunshine Tour.
Ryan Cairns, who recently took part the 2014 PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Qualifying tournament in Peru is currently the only Zimbabwean golfer with full playing privileges on the Sunshine Tour.
The impressive performance in the opening round comes after Steyn said he was confident of earning his Sunshine Tour card this week.
“I have been swinging the club well and just need to get that belief that I can do it and of course I am expecting to get my card this week, but we can only find that out at the end. As we say in golf it’s like getting married, you never know what’s going to happen in the end so we will see. Hopefully I can fly the Zimbabwe flag high,” said Steyn.