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2017/2018 Sunshine Tour Qualifying School: Round 3

STERN TEST FOR LOUBSER IN ZIMBABWE OPEN DEBUT

Following his impressive win on the Sunshine Tour’s Qualifying School at Randpark Golf Club, Herman Loubser admits he is extremely excited as he goes into the 2017 Zimbabwe Open for his first start in the professional ranks. Source : Sunshine Tour

Having lived on the Isle of Man for 14 years, Loubser returned home to South Africa and barely three years after his return he secured his Sunshine Tour playing privileges via a 20-under-par victory at Randpark last month. Now, his first start of the season draws nearer as the 2017 Zimbabwe Open tees off on Thursday.

“At the moment I don’t really know what to expect and how exactly to prepare for my first tournament but I’m feeling very excited for Zimbabwe,” he said, “I’ve had a look at the field for the week in Zimbabwe and it’s great to see some big names that I’ll be competing against.”

He is not fazed, though, by the big name players he speaks of and says he is feeling pretty good about the level of his game ahead of the season-opener at Royal Harare. “I think Q-School gave me a huge confidence boost and I feel as if my game has taken out lots of positives from that week.

“You learn a lot of things about your swing and game under a lot of pressure and being able to play well under that pressure is a huge boost going into this event,” he said.

And while he took some time off the course after his display at Randpark, Loubser has been hard at work sharpening his game. “These last two weeks, I have been in Johannesburg practicing hard and I’ve had two good finishes on the IGT Tour which is really helping my preparation for Zim,” he said of his two fourth-place finishes on the IGT Challenge Tour’s Kyalami Challenge and Waterkloof Challenge.

And now that his childhood dream of becoming a professional golfer has been fulfilled, Loubser will want a solid plan if he is to become a mainstay on the Sunshine Tour. “It’s tough for me to set goals for the season because I have not had a lot of experience on tour. All I can really control is my game and that’s my main goal for the next tournament; to just play as well as I can!” said the 18-year old from Villiersdorp.

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