The leaders in the Chase to the Investec Cup have amassed more than 1000 points so far, but there is no doubt that players like Jared Harvey are waiting in the wings for their chance to catch the frontrunners.
The Mount Edgecombe Country Club member ranks ninth in the points race after 15 events and he sees the final of the Vodacom Origins of Golf presented by Samsung as a chance to rise in the standings.
The 54-hole events of the winter are bread and butter territory for Sunshine Tour professionals and the Vodacom Origins series also counts for valuable points. Harvey and his fellows aim to secure a spot in the 30-man field that will play the Investec Cup in March 2015 by constantly producing top results through the quiet winter months.
The Chase to the 2015 Investec Cup began at this year’s Telkom Business PGA Championship and incorporates every Sunshine Tour event until the week preceding the Investec Cup tournament next March. Bigger events, such as those co-sanctioned with the European Tour, offer more points.
In one month the Lion of Africa Cape Town Open begins, marking the start of the 72-hole summer events. Performing at the big tournaments will remain in the back of Harvey’s mind, but this week his focus will be on the final at Pezula Golf Estate.
The Origins of Golf series has kept his points tally going through the winter, with the 26-year-old picking up 50 points for his sole fourth finish at Euphoria Golf Estate earlier this year.
Second-place finishes at the Investec Royal Swazi Open and the Wild Waves Golf Challenge have cemented Harvey’s place in the top 10, a position he has retained with six top 10s this year. A big result could guarantee the Durbanite one of those oh-so-desirable spots at the 2015 Investec Cup, and he'll surely look for it at Pezula this week.