It’s tough out there on the fair­ways

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - MIKE DE BRUYN

LIFE in the pro­fes­sional ranks for lo­cal golfer Sean Bradley is prov­ing to be a chal­lenge.

To date he has failed to make an im­pres­sion with missed cuts be­ing the or­der of the day. A neg­a­tive mind­set brought on by a virus and a breakup with his girl­friend, along with miss­ing short putts at vi­tal stages has been his un­do­ing.

There are signs of im­prove­ment though. A sec­ond-round five-un­der-par 67 dur­ing last week’s Fish River Sun Chal­lenge was a step in the right di­rec­tion. While he missed the cut, his round was the joint sec­ond-best.

“I had a four-foot putt on the last to make the cut, but the ball didn’t drop, so I missed out by one stroke, said Bradley, son of Wayne Bradley who had five wins on the Sun­shine Tour in a ca­reer that be­gan in 1986.

“While dis­ap­pointed with another failed at­tempt to play out the whole tour­na­ment, the fact that I posted a low round on a tough course showed that I can hold my own.

“It’s just a mat­ter of stay­ing pos­i­tive when things aren’t go­ing the way you want them to and to keep on work­ing and tweak­ing my all-round game, and to be more con­sis­tent.

“My put­ter, with­out a doubt, has let me down. I’m still a new­bie at this level and will con­tinue to grind away know­ing that my time will come.

“I won’t be the first guy go­ing through what I am.

“I got a call from for­mer pro Roger Wes­sels on Thurs­day and he knows all about miss­ing cuts.

“He con­grat­u­lated me on my round and of­fered words of en­cour­age­ment.

“Maybe be more ag­gres­sive rather than ten­ta­tive is the way to go from now on.

“I be­lieve that I can com­pete along­side the best golfers in the coun­try, if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be do­ing what I’m do­ing.”

“I see fail­ure as an op­por­tu­nity to grow,” Bradley added.

“The pro ranks present the op­por­tu­nity to make a de­cent liv­ing, but you have to be play­ing well week in and week out just to make cuts.

“And I’m also re­ly­ing on my dad for words of wis­dom.

“His ad­vice is price­less. He doesn’t paint a false dawn, he tells me that to make it re­quires to­tal com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion.

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