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Wednesday, September 23, 2020
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    Ivan Marè, young golfer playing out of Walker Park Golf Club, is a man with his feet firmly on the ground, or should I say, tee-box.
    Ivan is on his way to become a professional golfer, hoping to qualify for his Sunshine Tour playing card. This is a long and arduous road with many a pitfall along the way. You have to stay focused and practice every single day to keep the momentum going. You also have to play in as many tournaments as possible to stay sharp. This, Ivan has done.
    Ivan is playing off a handicap of plus 5 for the last two years. This means that he owes the course 5 shots before he can start scoring. If you look at the winning scores of professionals like Garcia, Lee Westwood and so on, where they score as low as minus 20 for a tournament, he would be up there IF he can play four rounds on his handicap.
    Ivan is a member at Walker Park Golf Club since 2013 where he received coaching from well-known Henry Brooks, professional golf coach. He is well supported by his parents who attend all his tournaments. All the members of the golf club are rooting for Ivan and wish him all the best on his way to become a professional golf player.
    To be able to qualify to enter for the Q-school, you need to have a plus handicap and you should have played in club open tournaments. This Ivan has done and his record proves that he should be in Q-school. He has played and won many an open tournament in 2018 like Bankenveld, Greenside and Graceland. He also won the 2018 Highveld Matchplay championship and was in the top 15 of the IGT tournament at Wingate Park.
    The first phase tournament for Q-school will be played at Maccauvlei in November. The top 15 players will then go through with the top 15 players from other venues to the second phase which will be played at Houghton Golf Course during March 2019. The top 30 players will qualify for their professional playing cards and will be eligible to play in the Sunshine Tour tournaments.
    The Bulletin wishes Ivan all the best and success for the coming events and trust that he will make his parents and club members proud. – Jan Ferreira