Investec Cup: The Field

Jaco van Zyl

 

Represents         Dainfern Country Club

Date of Birth      23rd February 1979

Residence           Lonehill, SA

Turned Pro         2001

 

Career Highlights

12 Sunshine Tour wins

 

Order of Merit

Season                 Pos         Winnings             Played

2013                       3              R2,548,479          5

 

After his wins at the Telkom PGA Championship and the Dimension Data Pro-Am Jaco became one of the strongest contenders for the Investec Cup. The 33-year-old has come tantalizingly close to European Tour wins as well, most recently at the Africa Open, where he finished second.

 

Darren Fichardt

 

Represents         Centurion Country Club

Date of Birth      13th May 1975

Residence           Centurion, SA

Turned Pro         1994

 

Career highlights

13 Sunshine Tour wins

3 European Tour wins   

 

Order of Merit

Season                 Pos         Winnings             Played

2013                       1              R4,178,330          5

 

Darren Fichardt has campaigned on the Sunshine Tour for an incredible 19 years. In that time he has taken 13 victories and 78 top-10 finishes, as well having won the Order of Merit two times. The Chase to the Investec Cup leader took hold of the top spot courtesy of his victory at the Africa Open and his second place finish at the Tshwane Open.

 

Trevor Fisher Junior

 

Represents         Modderfontein Golf Club

Date of Birth      8th June 1979

Residence           Edenvale, SA

Turned Pro         2002

 

Career Highlights

7 Sunshine Tour wins

 

Order of Merit

Season                 Pos         Winnings             Played

2013                       9              R863,585              6

 

Consistency is the key to Fisher’s success. He won the Players’ Player of the Year award for his immaculate 2012 season, which included three wins on the Sunshine Tour.

 

Jake Roos

 

Represents         Centurion Country Club

Date of Birth      20th October 1980

Residence           Irene, SA

Turned Pro         2005

 

Career Highlights

5 Sunshine Tour wins

 

Order of Merit

Season                 Pos         Winnings             Played

2013                       22           R473,555              5

 

Jake Roos has incredible big-match temperament and every one of his five wins on the Sunshine Tour have been playoff victories. He’s certainly a man to watch when the pressure mounts during the Investec Cup.

 

Garth Mulroy

Represents         Umkomaas Golf Club

Date of Birth      7th August 1978

Residence           North Carolina, USA

Turned Pro         2002

 

Career Highlights

2 Sunshine Tour wins    

1 European Tour win

 

Order of Merit

Season                 Pos         Winnings             Played

2013                       7              R1,181,064          4

 

Mulroy has campaigned on both the Web.com Tour and the PGA Tour in America for the last few years, but returns to local shores to compete in the events co-sanctioned with the European Tour. A former Alfred Dunhill Championship winner, Mulroy knows how to close out a victory.

 

Desvonde Botes

 

Represents         Centurion Country Club

Date of Birth      2nd November 1974

Residence           Centurion, SA

Turned Pro         1992

 

Career Highlights

13 Sunshine Tour wins

 

Order of Merit

Season                 Pos         Winnings             Played

2013                       11           R768,395              6

 

With a massive 23 years of Sunshine Tour experience to his name, Botes is a serious veteran of touring golf. He’s seen it all, except for a points race, and his experience will prove crucial in the Chase to the Investec Cup.

 

Hennie Otto

Represents         Anahita, Mauritius

Date of Birth      25th June 1976

Residence           Boksburg, SA

Turned Pro         1997

 

 

Order of Merit

Season                 Pos         Winnings             Played

2013                       14           R708,473              4

 

Hennie Otto won the South African Open Championship in 2011 and has featured on the European and Sunshine Tours for many years. His deadly skill makes him a constant contender.

 

Richard Sterne

 

Date of Birth      27th August 1981

Residence           Pretoria, SA

Marital Status    Married

Turned Pro         2001

 

Order of Merit

Season                 Pos         Winnings             Played

2013                       4              R2,517,955          2

 

Currently fourth in the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit, Sterne is famous for having won the Joburg Open, the South African Open and Alfred Dunhill Championship in the same year. Fully recovered from a back injury and up to 48th in the World Ranking, he’s the man to beat this week.

 

Merrick Bremner

 

Represents         City Couriers + C.C. Logistics

Date of Birth      26th March 1986

Residence           Pretoria, SA

Turned Pro         2005

 

Career Highlights

2 Sunshine Tour wins

 

Order of Merit

Season                 Pos         Winnings             Played

2013                       32           R385,005              5

 

Bremner is notorious as a huge hitter of the ball, and many believe him to be the longest hitter on the Sunshine Tour. He’ll be celebrating his birthday during the Investec Cup tournament, and that good vibe could well flow over into his game.

 

Jaco Ahlers

 

Represents         Legends Golf and Safari Resort

Date of Birth      19th November 1982

Residence           Centurion, SA

Turned Pro         2006

 

Career Highlights

1 Sunshine Tour win

 

Order of Merit

Season                 Pos         Winnings             Played

2013                       34           R344,532              5

 

Jaco Ahlers has a habit of being ‘always the bridesmaid’ and has 13 top 10 results from his Sunshine Tour career. His maiden victory came in 2009, and another is long overdue.

 

Louis de Jager

 

Represents         The Els Club, Copperleaf

Date of Birth      30th March 1987

Residence           Centurion, SA

Turned Pro         2008

 

Career Highlights

1 Sunshine Tour win

 

Order of Merit

Season                 Pos         Winnings             Played

2013                       6              R1,341,350          6

 

At 25 years old, de Jager is one of the younger guns in the 30-man Investec Cup field. But his third-place finish in the Tshwane Open during the first week of March, showed that he certainly can run with the big dogs.

 

Doug McGuigan

 

Represents         Ebotse Golf + Country Estate

Date of Birth      7th August 1970

Residence           Sunward Park, SA

Turned Pro         1989

 

Career Highlights

6 Sunshine Tour wins

 

Order of Merit

Season                 Pos         Winnings             Played

2013                       48           R169,327              5

 

One of the longest-standing players on the Sunshine Tour, McGuigain has been touring for 24 years, during which time he has taken six victories. The ever-smiling McGuigan has a killer instinct when it comes to victory, and should never be underestimated.

 

James Kingston

 

Represents         Rustenburg Golf Club

Date of Birth      30th November 1965

Residence           Rustenburg, SA

Turned Pro         1988

 

Career Highlights

9 Sunshine Tour wins

2 European Tour wins

 

Order of Merit

Season                 Pos         Winnings             Played

2013                       16           R672,908              6

 

‘The gentleman on tour’ sums up James Kingston, who is liked and respected by all, not just for his golfing prowess, but for his genial manner. With 11 career victories and showing no signs of slowing down, Kingston will come for victory at the inaugural Investec Cup.

 

Oliver Bekker

 

Represents         Stellenbosch Golf Club

Date of Birth      11th December 1984

Residence           Stellenbosch, SA

Turned Pro         2008

 

Career Highlights

3 Sunshine Tour wins

 

Order of Merit

Season                 Pos         Winnings             Played

2013                       21           R503,631              6

 

Bekker is one of the rising stars on the Sunshine Tour. He opened the 2013 season with a victory at the Telkom PGA Pro-Am and has continued to shine. If his good form continues to the Cup then he’ll be a hard man to match.

 

Keith Horne

 

Represents         Eye of Africa

Date of Birth      9th June 1971

Residence           Alberton, SA

Turned Pro         1996

 

Career Highlights

5 Sunshine Tour wins

 

Order of Merit

Season                 Pos         Winnings             Played

2013                       13           R722,078              5

 

A seasoned campaigner on the Sunshine and European Tours, Horne has seen plenty and competed against the best. He’ll bring that experience to the Cup.

 

Vaughan Groenewald

 

Represents         Ermelo Country Club

Date of Birth      28th December 1974

Residence           Ermelo, SA

Turned Pro         1995

 

Career Highlights

2 Sunshine Tour wins

 

Order of Merit

Season                 Pos         Winnings             Played

2013                       23           R468,733              6

 

The tall man from Ermelo has taken home 20 top-five results during his illustrious career on the Sunshine Tour, and is playing cracking golf of late. Watch out for Groenewald!

 

Ruan de Smidt

 

Represents         Big Sports Management

Date of Birth      25th October 1989

Residence           Krugersdorp, SA

Turned Pro         2011

 

Career Highlights

1 Sunshine Tour win

 

Order of Merit

Season                 Pos         Winnings             Played

2013                       42           R260,880              6

 

It’s only his second year on tour, yet De Smidt already has a victory to his name, which came at the 2012 Suncoast Classic. Very few win Qualifying School and then win in their rookie year, so the heights De Smidt will reach in his second year could be huge, and might start the Investec Cup.

 

Justin Walters

 

Represents         Country Club Johannesburg

Date of Birth      23rd October 1980

Residence           North Carolina, USA

Turned Pro         2003

 

Career Highlights

2 Sunshine Tour wins

 

Order of Merit

Season                 Pos         Winnings             Played

2013                       20           R507,489              5

 

Walters earned his European Tour card for the 2013 season, and is building an impressive resume as he heads into his golden golfing years. Before he heads abroad he’ll look to consolidate with an Investec Cup victory.

 

Wallie Coetsee

 

Represents         Zwartenbosch Golf Estate

Date of Birth      11th July 1972

Residence           Jeffrey's Bay, SA

Turned Pro         1992

 

Career Highlights

1 Sunshine Tour win

 

Order of Merit

Season                 Pos         Winnings             Played

2013                       39           R279,444              6

 

Coetsee’s strength is putting and he has clocked up 41 top-10 results over his Sunshine Tour career. The big man from Plett will almost certainly be in the mix come the weekend of the Investec Cup.

 

Dean Burmester

 

Represents         Schoeman Park Golf Club

Date of Birth      2nd June 1989

Residence           Bloemfontein, SA

Turned Pro         2010

 

Career Highlights

6 Sunshine Tour top-10s

 

Order of Merit

Season                 Pos         Winnings             Played

2013                       28           R425,030              6

 

Burmester certainly brings youthful strength to the Investec Cup. He’s 23 and fit, which means he smacks the ball a mile and can tear up courses at high altitude. He is still waiting on his breakthrough win, yet Burmester has led many of the biggest tournaments on the schedule.

 

Colin Nel

 

Represents         Maritzburg Golf Club

Date of Birth      24th November 1983

Residence           Pietermaritzburg

Turned Pro         2009

 

Career Highlights

7 Sunshine Tour top 10s

 

Order of Merit

Season                 Pos         Winnings             Played

2013                       53           R139,677              6

 

While Nel is in his fourth year on tour, it was only a season ago that he found the groove. During 2012 he strung together all seven of his top-10 results, and his next step up is victory.

 

Ulrich van den Berg

 

Represents         Serengeti Golf Estate

Date of Birth      13th January 1975

Residence           Sunninghill, SA

Marital Status    Married

Turned Pro         1999

 

Order of Merit

Season                 Pos         Winnings             Played

2013                       35           R303,149              6

 

Van den Berg played his way into the Investec Cup with an impressive sole fifth at the Telkom PGA Championship. The 38-year-old is always immaculately dressed, and his quick yet powerful golf swing puts him amongst the Sunshine Tour’s most respected.

 

Matthew Carvell

 

Represents         Kyalami Country Club

Date of Birth      9th April 1985

Residence           South Africa

Marital Status    Single

Turned Pro         2010

 

Order of Merit

Season                 Pos         Winnings             Played

2013                       60           R88,522                6

 

One of the younger players at the inaugural Investec Cup, Carvell is mature for his 27 years and works as hard as any on the Sunshine Tour. With a new swing and plenty of confidence, he’ll face his 29 fellows for the R5-million bonus.

 

PH McIntyre

 

Represents         Heidelberg Golf Club

Date of Birth      18th August 1986

Residence           Heidelberg, SA

Turned Pro         2008

 

Career Highlights

5 Sunshine Tour top 10s

 

Order of Merit

Season                 Pos         Winnings             Played

2013                       46           R180,723              6

 

McIntyre is a proper Heidelberg local. With his Afrikaans charm and solid all-round game, the fun 26-year-old has flown under the radar for too long on tour. At the inaugural Investec Cup his skill could well prevail.

 

Jean Hugo

 

Date of Birth      3rd December 1975

Residence           Centurion, SA

Marital Status    Married

Turned Pro         1999

 

Order of Merit

Season                 Pos         Winnings             Played

2013                       25           R446,672              6

 

The evergreen Jean Hugo was once described by Ernie Els as having more talent in his pinkie finger than Ernie has in his whole body. With 13 wins to his name, Hugo is very capable of taking a 14th victory at the Investec Cup.

 

Allan Versfeld

 

Represents         Country Club Johannesburg

Date of Birth      21st February 1991

Residence           Johannesburg

Marital Status    Single

Turned Pro         2011

 

Order of Merit

Season                 Pos         Winnings             Played

2013                       49           R162,673              5

 

The 2011 Rookie of the Year has since gone on to take his maiden victory at the 2012 Vodacom Origins of Golf de Zalze tournament. He’s incredibly talented and, in spite of his small size, hits the ball a very, very long way.

 

Danie van Tonder

 

Represents         Ebotse Golf + Country Estate

Date of Birth      12th March 1991

Marital Status    Single

Turned Pro         2011

 

Order of Merit

Season                 Pos         Winnings             Played

2013                       29           R422,042              5

 

A rookie sensation and the 2012 Rookie of the Year, van Tonder is famous for his unorthodox swing and unbelievable skill. At just 22 years of age, he’s big and strong and has shown that he’s ready to take on the world of golf.

 

Christiaan Basson

 

Represents         King David Golf Club

Date of Birth      30th April 1982

Residence           Cape Town, SA

Marital Status    Married

Turned Pro         2007

 

Order of Merit

Season                 Pos         Winnings             Played

2013                       40           R268,215              5

 

Probably the smallest golfer on the Sunshine Tour, but don’t let that fool you… Basson is a two-time winner on the Sunshine Tour and competes at nearly every event.

 

Tyrone Ferreira

 

Represents         Reading Country Club

Date of Birth      14th July 1987

Residence           Alberton, SA

Marital Status    Single

Turned Pro         2008

 

Order of Merit

Season                 Pos         Winnings             Played

2013                       44           R244,774              6

 

The older of two brothers who play on the Sunshine Tour, Ferreira is a solid ball-striker who has spent the last two years campaigning on the European Challenge Tour. With two Sunshine Tour wins and 18 top-10s, he’s ready to compete.

 

Chris Swanepoel

 

Date of Birth      22nd November 1984

Residence           Pretoria, SA

Marital Status    Single

Turned Pro         2003

 

Order of Merit

Season                 Pos         Winnings             Played

2013                       43           R259,500              6

 

Swanepoel took his biggest win at the Zimbabwe Open in 2012. He is famous for his Loudmouth golf trousers and relaxed attitude on the course. With two wins under his belt he knows just what to do at the Investec Cup.

 

 

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