Makhetha Mazibuko is one of the prominent names entered into this year’s Vusi Ngubeni Qualifying School which tees off over 72 holes at Modderfontein Golf Club on Tuesday.
Mazibuko, who was runner-up in the 2017 Eye of Africa PGA Championship to Erik van Rooyen, is fresh off a win on the IGT Challenge Tour. He is one of 152 players who are teeing it up in the tournament which gives previously disadvantaged players a chance to qualify to play on the Sunshine Tour. It is named after Vusi Ngubeni, a former Sunshine Tour board member and director of Eskom who was killed in a car accident in 2003.
Other players who have excelled in previous versions of this event include Teboho Sefatsa who won last year at Modderfontein and also led the 2014 qualifiers from the event which was held at Crown Mines Golf Club, Allister de Kock who was a runner-up to Sefatsa in 2014 and also finished fourth last year, while Franklin Manchest finished second after Sefatsa last year.
Sipho Bujela, who made his first cut of the season last week at the Limpopo Championship, is also not new to the tournament. He tied for second last year and tied for ninth in 2014 third in 2015. The experienced Omar Sandys finished third in 2015, one shot behind Bujela, in one of his many appearances in the tournament.
Mazibuko claimed his win on the IGT Challenge Tour on 20 February at Modderfontein and he will want to continue where he left off as he tees off tomorrow.
The leading 15 players and ties will be eligible for membership in category nine on the Sunshine Tour for the 2019-20 season. Players finishing in positions 16-30 (and ties) will be granted entry into the Final Stage of the Sunshine Tour’s Qualifying School. Players who finish in positions one to 40 and ties will also be eligible to play the Big Easy Tour.