7th September 2023 | Big Easy Tour
Albertse targets Sunshine Tour after Blue Label triumph
Rigardt Albertse has set his sights on earning his Sunshine Tour playing privileges after his breakthrough victory in the Blue Label Tour’s one-day tournament held at Huddle Park Golf and Recreation on Monday.
The Blue Label Tour is in its second season, having been launched by the Sunshine Tour last year to create more playing opportunities for its members.
Albertse became the latest winner on this developmental circuit thanks to his nine-under 63 round and now, the Dundee Golf Club member aims to emulate that success on the Sunshine Tour itself.
“The win gave me a lot of confidence,” said Albertse, “because I aim to get my Sunshine Tour through the Big Easy Tour and I think I’m around the top five in the order of merit. It felt like the putter owed me something this week and when I was out there, I just wanted to make as many putts as possible.”
With his win at Huddle Park, Rigardt joins his brother, Louis, in a Sunshine Tour winner’s circle. And, having received an invite to the Sunshine Tour’s Vodacom Origins of Golf tournament which will be hosted at Devonvale Golf and Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, Albertse will be eager to test himself against the best.
“It’s going to be tough,” said Albertse, “but I’m happy to be going there after a win. The Big Easy prepares you for these kinds of situations. This week felt like a real preparation for the VOG and I’m looking forward to competing again and seeing where it all goes.”
The second tournament in the Blue Label Development series will be played on September 25th at a venue which is yet to be confirmed while the third event will be at Waterkloof Golf Club three days later.