In what is a reflection on the array of talent on show, the first two events in the Rainbow Nation have produced two different winners and, if the script holds good, a new champion could well emerge when the tournament finishes on Friday.
That certain someone will need to fire on all cylinders to step up to the plate and conquer a field that offers no clear favourite on a course known for its fast-paced and undulating greens.
Though last week’s winner Craig Hinton is missing from the line-up, the presence of four MENA Golf Tour winners and Bryandrew Roelofsz will add star value to the event which will see a full field of 120 players, representing 15 countries, battle it out for honours.
South African Roelofsz, who currently leads the Big Easy Tour Order of Merit standings, will be looking to rediscover the form that won him the South to East Challenge, the inaugural MENA Golf Tour event in South Africa two weeks ago, and sign off on a bright note.
Roelofsz believes the co-sanctioned events between the Sunshine Big Easy Tour and the MENA Tour is a brilliant platform to develop golf locally and abroad.
“Having these events is great for guys on both the Tours. It’s a great platform that has been started and, hopefully, we can have many more events like this,” he said.
Hoping to make his presence felt will be Thriston Lawrence, the winner of the MENA Tour’s Order of Merit title last year. The 19-year-old prodigy showed signs of his considerable promise with a top-10 finish at the South to East Challenge, and will be eager to finish with a win.
Other MENA Tour notables in the field include Scotland’s Paul Doherty, Englishman Scott Campbell, the winner of 2015 MENA Tour Championship, and Antonio Costa of Chile who all will be aiming to finish as strongly as possible at Waterkloof Golf Club.
One of the most popular courses in the Pretoria area, Waterkloof — formerly known as Monument Golf Club — was established in 1969, before it was redesigned by Peter Matkovich in 2004.
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