Wynand Dingle finished sixth at the Sunshine Big Easy Tour’s Observatory tournament last year, and looked set to once again contest the tournament, which starts March 27th.
The 27-year-old claimed a share of sixth at the Houghton tournament just a week ago and looked set to tackle defending champion Derick Petersen, who carded a second-round 65 at Observatory last year.
Dingle has taken five top 10 finishes on the Big Easy Tour, including a share of sixth at the Tour Championship, which makes him a man to watch at Observatory.
Petersen will once again challenge at the event – his long driving suits the course, which rewards those who keep it straight. After an opening 71 last year, Petersen found his groove and carded 65, including eagles at the second and 14th on his way to an eight-under-par tournament score.
Houghton winner Toto Thimba, Jnr said he was feeling confident after his victory. “I think good things come to those who wait, and I have waited for years. This win came at the right time and the right place – I feel like a champ,” he said.
Joining the fray is Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club’s Coenie Stoop, who took top 20 places seven times on the Big Easy Tour last year.
A further player to watch out for is Alpheus Kelapile, who earned his card at Observatory Golf Club when he shot four rounds below par and won Vusi Ngubeni Qualifying School. He clearly likes the course and can be expected to go low.