Last year’s event was played at the nearby Parys Golf Club and it was the venue where Andrew Curlewis picked up his title but this time around, the defending champion and the remainder of the field will need to get to grips with the Nick Price layout.
Yesterday’s practice rounds were played in heavy winds and should the elements pick up once more, the layout on the banks of the Vaal River could become a great leveller.
It’s hard to pinpoint a favourite this week with a large contingent of Sunshine Tour professionals cracking the nod for the Alfred Dunhill Links at St Andrews in Scotland in a contingent that includes current Order of Merit leader Danie van Tonder and Ulrich van der Berg.
This leaves Jake Roos as a possible contender this week especially taking into account that he has enjoyed a great year to date with two wins on the European Challenge Tour. But he should face competition from the likes of Colin Nel, Dean Burmester, Tich Moore and Jean Hugo, all players who have won on the Sunshine Tour this year.
This is the penultimate event in this series with the finale taking place at Pezula at the end of next month.