Johannesburg - Dean Burmester has stormed to a first lead round with an opening score of seven-under-par at the Nedbank Affinity Cup at Sun City on Tuesday.
Burmester has cemented his position on the Sunshine Tour with two victories, while recording 13 top-20 results in the last two years.
"I've learned from the senior guys how to control temperament. It used to be a big problem for me, because I'd get irritated with myself," Burmester said.
"That's gone away over the last 18 months. To make nothing for a few holes doesn’t make me anxious or frustrated anymore."
The 25-year-old played with Warren Abery and Michiel Bothma, who have 11 Sunshine Tour wins between them.
Starting on the 10th hole against seasoned campaigners, he shot two birdies in his final three holes.
"It's nice to see what the senior players do and have it rub off on you. It helps a lot to no longer be throwing away shots coming in" he said.
The Big Easy Tour graduate from Bloemfontein has come into his own in his fourth year on tour.
"The Big Easy Tour was a massive step for me. It taught me how to compete when you’re at the top and it definitely helped me believe that I could make it on the professional scene," he said.
Scores: (RSA unless stated):
-7 - Dean Burmester
-6 - Chris Swanepoel, Trevor Fisher Jnr, Morne Buys, Shaun Norris, Oliver Bekker
-5 - Paul de Beer
-4 - Grant Muller, Ulrich van den Berg, Wynand Dingle, Louis de Jager, Ruan de Smidt, CJ du Plessis
-3 - Mark Murless, James Kamte, Alex Haindl, PH McIntyre, Jake Redman
-2 - Warren Abery, Merrick Bremner, Danie van Tonder, JJ Senekal, Christiaan Basson, Vaughn Groenewald
-1 - Shaun Smith, Madalitso Muthiya (ZAM), Anthony Michael, Jared Harvey, Tyrone Mordt, Jean Hugo, Titch Moore, Matthew Carvell, Peter Karmis, Divan van den Heever
Par - Ockie Strydom, Rhys West, Stuart Smith (BOT), Ross Wellington, Pieter Moolman, Jacques Kruyswijk
+1 - Callum Mowat, Mark Williams (ZIM), Lindani Ndwandwe, Neil Cheetham (ENG), Jeff Inglis (ENG), Allan Versfeld, Keenan Davidse, Theunis Spangenberg, Wallie Coetsee, Colin Nel, JC Ritchie
+2 - Michiel Bothma, Tyrone Ferreira, Bradford Vaughan, Erik van Rooyen, Derick Petersen, Nic Henning, Bennie van der Merwe, Gideon Pienaar, Justin Harding, Bryce Easton
+3 - Teboho Sefatsa, Drikus van der Walt, Thriston Lawrence, Ryan Strauss, Andrew Georgiou, Eddie Taylor, Kevin Stinson (CAN), Neil Schietekat, James Kingston, Lyle Rowe, Attie Schwartzel
+4 - Rhys Enoch (WAL), Andre Cruse, Steven Ferreira, Francois Coetzee
+5 - Tyrone Ryan
+6 - Roux Jeffery (NAM), Mikhail Tewary, Toto Thimba (Jnr), Riekus Nortje
+7 - Steve Surry (ENG)