Points are accrued over Sunshine Tour events, starting at the 2015 Golden Pilzener Zimbabwe Open and ending at the tournament preceding the Investec Cup in 2016, which is a 30-man showdown of the top points makers.
Events such as those co-sanctioned by the European Tour and summer events such as the Dimension Data Pro-Am and the Telkom Business PGA Championship, offer up more points. The Investec Cup tournament offers up the most points, however, with a whopping 15000 points available to the 30 players who tee up there.
There is a big cash incentive for the players that make the season finale, with a bonus prize pool of R10-million make the tournament a serious focus for the Sunshine Tour regulars.
This year Van Tonder has been steadily accruing points, with his biggest haul coming from a sole second finish at the Mopani/Redpath Zambia Open that was worth 260 points.
That results, along with his share of 24th at the Zimbabwe Open and share seventh at the Zambia Sugar Open, have secured Van Tonder at sixth in the points standings.
He’ll need to keep the results coming, with the next opportunity to add to the kitty coming at the Sun City Challenge, which starts on the fifth of August.
The Ebotse local currently has 404 points to his name and lies some 366 back from Chase leader Dean Burmester, who has amassed 770 points.
Van Tonder finished sixth at the Investec Cup this year and got a taste of the huge prize money on offer. He’ll be licking his lips at the prospect of another crack at the title, and keeping the points coming is crucial in this regard.
The 24-year-old knows what needs to be done and is likely to come out firing over the next few months on tour, because the points are out there for the picking.