Time to take a shot at the big league, says Grace
Four-time European Tour winner Branden Grace says he will be lost to the legion of his South African supporters due to a hectic 2013 overseas schedule.
The hotshot 24-year-old Pretoria-born golfer made this revelation to City Press in an interview at Summer Place in Sandton shortly after conquering the annual Sunshine Tour Awards.
He won the Sid Brew Trophy for snatching the 2012 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit and the Commissioner’s Award for effectively representing the Sunshine Tour.
“My fans won’t see me in action at home for the better part of this year because I will be playing on the big stages in both the European Tour and the US PGA Tour,” said Grace.
“I think I have proved myself locally by winning, so it’s time for me to take on some of the best names in world golf. But I’ll obviously have one or two games here at home should an opportunity avail itself.”
Grace said he felt grateful for being honoured and promised to win at least two Majors this year.
“I’m looking forward to playing in the US Masters at Augusta National, California, in April. This will be my first big break abroad. I have been working hard on my swing and I’m ready for the big event,” he said.
Grace is defending his Joburg Open title.
The event is currently in progress at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Country Club.
He put his name on the map in his rookie year by snatching a record four European Tour titles in 2012.
They are the Joburg Open, Volvo Champions, China Open and the Alfred Dunhill Links.
Promising Sunshine Tour player Teboho Sefatsa, who won the Big Easy Tour Order of Merit, said he was looking forward to winning this year.
A dedicated player, Sefatsa did not win any tournament on the Big Easy Tour last year, but he managed to lift the BMG Classic on the Sunshine Tour by a stroke at Glendower Country Club in Johannesburg in October.
“Winning the award has come as a morale booster and I’m looking forward to winning more big events this year,” said Sefatsa
Danie van Tonder (Bobby Locke Trophy for Rookie of the Year)
Jaco van Zyl (Gary Player Trophy for Leading Rookie of the Year)
Trevor Fischer Junior (Players’ Player and Golf Writers) and
Mark Williams (Big Easy Tour Championship).