Thabo Moraba, a member of the Pilgrim’s Rest Gold Club, achieved his dream of becoming a professional golfer at this year’s Vusi Ngobeni Qualifying School. He not only qualified for his Sunshine Tour Card but came seventh out of the 150 players, thereby being in the top 15 who qualify for the Gary Player Class of 2018/2019.
Moraba followed a long and difficult road to get to where he is now. His interest in golf started when he became a caddy in 1997 and from around 1999 he started practising shots in the veld around Schoonplaas. Eventually, he was able to start playing a few rounds of real golf on the course. While a member of the Pilgrim’s Rest League Team in 2016, he won the Sabie Open Championships. He competed in the Vusi Ngobeni Q-School last year as well but was unable to make the cut.
As a Tier 1 member of the Gary Player Class, Moraba qualifies for a number of benefits including subsidised entry fees for tournaments, assistance with travel and tournament expenses, as well as access to boot camps. “I would like to thank all the many people whose financial support helped me to achieve my Sunshine Card,” said Moraba. “The benefits provided by the Gary Player class subsidise only part of the expenses involved in tournaments across the country and ideally I would like to find a big sponsor.”