Bear Mountain British Columbia native Steven Lecuyer, is attempting to gain status on the Sunshine Tour, through competing in qualifying school this week in Johannesburg.
The Sunshine Tour is the national tour of South Africa where all successful South African professional golfers have gotten their start. Some notable players that have played on the tour include; Branden Grace, Trevor Immelman, and Charl Schwartzel.
Lecuyer currently sits tied for 23rd at -1, after three rounds of the five-round tournament, shooting 71,72,72.
Lecuyer has been a professional since graduating from Central Arkansas University in 2011. In 2012 Lecuyer made 7 out of 8 cups on the Canadian Tour with his best finish being 12th.
Recently, Lecuyer competed in two events on the Mackenzie Tour last season, one of which was the tours qualifying school. He lists on his website that his main focus is to gain status on the Sunshine Tour, with his ultimate goal being the Web.com tour.
The leading 30 players and ties will gain their cards on the Sunshine Tour after the culmination of the five-round qualifying tournament. This tour card will get players into most Sunshine Tour events and one’s finishes in the events they get into, it will allow them to receive entrance into harder to get into events, such as ones run with the European Tour.
Interestingly, Graham DeLaet won his third professional event on the Sunshine Tour in 2009, before making the jump to the PGA Tour in 2010.