Burmy heads to Q School with fourth win

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MORGAN PIEK

When one speaks of a purple patch, one has to look no further than 26-year-old Dean Burmester's current season on the Sunshine Tour. 

The Zimbabwean-born Bloemfontein golfer is the man to catch on the local tour after he claimed his fourth win of the season by clinching the Vodacom Origins of Golf at Koro Creek, Modimolle, over the past weekend.

Burmester led that tournament from the first round and fired a final round of five under par 67 on Saturday for his first win since winning the Sun Windmill Challenge at the Bloemfontein Golf Club last month.

The win has extended Burmester's lead in the chase to the Investec Cup, which he looks sure to win this season.
It was a special event for the golfer with his father, Mark, doing his caddying duties at Koro Creek. They proved to be a formidable partnership taking a five-shot win.

The golfer said the past calendar year has been exceptional for him, with a lot of special moments.

"It's been a special year, I got married last November, settled down with the wife and we had our first child. My family moved back to South Africa a couple of years ago, so they're a phone call away and I had my dad on the bag this week, so the support has been endless."

Burmester is heading to Spain now where he will be playing in the European Tour Qualifying School at the Las Colinas Golf & Country Club in Alicante.

He has been making regular trips, although unsuccessful, to Europe to play on the European Challenge Tour, however, the main tour is a beast of different nature and he will have to be at his very best to win one of the 25 cards up for grabs.

"I'm going to Q-school now, so I'm going to miss a couple more events down here, but we've got two weeks in Spain and see what we can do over there. Then we will come back and the first event of the European season is the Alfred Dunhill – either way will we be trying to get onto the European Tour as quickly as possible."

Unfortunately for Burmester he is currently fifth in the Sunshine Tour's Order of Merit, behind George Coetzee, Jacques Blaauw, Andy Sullivan and Trevor Fisher Jnr, with just over R2 500 000 in winnings this season, but it will not earn him a spot to play at the iconic Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club in December.

However, a win at the Alfred Dunhill Championship at the picturesque Leopard Creek Country on the banks of the Sabie River between 26 and 29 November will see him play at the Million Dollar in the Pilanesberg.