This Tuesday marks the second half of 2015, with less days to come than those that have gone. It’s a significant marker, because time is dwindling in the Chase to the Investec Cup and players like Andrew Curlewis want to take advantage of the winter events and secure some points.
The Margate local won twice in 2013 and is starting to show the same level of form this year. He recently tied for ninth at the Lombard Insurance Classic and then shared seventh at the Vodacom Origins of Golf at Langebaan Country Estate.
For Sunshine Tour regulars like Curlewis it’s a real treat to play a limited-field event for large sums. He tries to play every tournament on the schedule in order to make it the 30-man field that tee up in the season finale at Millvale Private Retreat and Lost City Golf Course each year.
“You have to make it. If you’ve played in it before then you want to go back again. It’s a huge opportunity, being able to play for R10-million, and the guys that have won it have gone on to do major things,” he said.
The 31-year-old currently ranks 28th in the points standings and needs to continue producing good results before the big summer events come around. Every tournament from the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open until the tournament preceding the Investec Cup counts for points. Bigger events, such as those co-sanctioned by the European Tour, offer up more points.
“The tournament is the talk of all the players on the Sunshine Tour,” said Curlewis. “It’s great what Investec have created with the Chase to the Investec Cup.
“Of course it’s good to be part of the big money, but it’s also important to me to be part of the tournament – to get in on the action on an event which is becoming very important on the Sunshine Tour,” he concluded.