- Young SA star Jayden Schaper is eager to make his first professional start at the South African Open as memorable as his amateur debut.
- This month's event has changed venue and will be contested at Gary Player Country Club in Sun City.
- Schaper is in good form heading into the final tournament on the European Tour's SA swing.
The South African Open, which was first held in 1903, is the second oldest national golf championship after the Open Championship.
It's a historic and prestigious tournament on the Sunshine Tour and European Tour calendar, and a title that all South Africans golfers would love to claim for their own.
And this year's 110th SA Open will be played for the first time at the iconic Gary Player Country Club in Sun City.
This week Sun City will welcome some of South Africa's top-performing golfers with a young exciting talent Jayden Schaper also in the mix.
Schaper rose to prominence after a whirlwind performance at January's South African Open, which saw the then amateur finish T6 in his debut appearance at the event.
He soon turned pro after winning the Freddie Tait Cup and has made some stellar performances in his debut season on the Sunshine Tour.
The 19-year-old had to rely on tournament invitations for the two opening European Tour-SA swing events and was rewarded with two Top 20 finishes.
And now the former No 1 SA amateur will be playing his first national Open as a professional and is looking forward to continuing his fine for at the "special" tournament.
"It was my best performance at a European Tour event in my fifth start ... We weren't looking to have an event like this towards the end of the year, to have it and show that I can compete just by putting myself in the final group is an achievement on its own," said Schaper.
"Last year, I had a great run of it as an amateur and being back here as a professional, it is pretty special... I'm looking forward to the week, it's a very special event for me.
"I'm in good form, just got to rest up the body and mind, start afresh this week and have some fun again."
Schaper stated that playing in last month's Swazi Open at Gary Player Country Club could be of some advantage.
"It definitely helps to know the golf course a bit, I've obviously played a few weeks ago which helped," he said.
"I really enjoy the layout, I think it's a tough challenge, back tee boxes this week so the golf course is going to play tough but nothing different to last week."