Last week Justin Harding took home 130 points for his victory at the Vodacom Origins of Golf presented by Samsung at Langebaan Country Estate.
“The Investec Cup is a world-class event and I’ve been lucky enough to play it for the last few years. Investec has put in a huge deal for us and boosted our tour and it rewards the fact that you have played well over the season,” he said.
The 29-year-old was able to climb into seventh place in the points standings, while Dean Burmester tops the list on 770 points.
Harding made solid additions to his points tally with ties for 14th place at both the Zimbabwe Open and the Mopani/Redpath Zambia Open. His biggest gain, outside of his recent victory, came at the Zambia Sugar Open, where he tied for fourth place and collected 126 points for his efforts.
The winter events help regular tour professionals to amass points and gives these players a real chance to tee up at the season finale, which plays out at Millvale Private Estate and Lost City Golf Course.
“It’s a bonus at the end of the year, so to speak, and a comfort to know there is a reward if you play well. It’s a great event and I’d like to get back into in,” said Harding.
In March this year Jaco Ahlers lifted the Investec Cup trophy, and along with it came the best slice of a R10-million cake – the bonus prize pool that is divided among the leading points earners.
The top 30 in the points standings qualify for the Investec Cup tournament, which offers up the most points of any Sunshine Tour event. The R1-million showdown also signals the end of the Chase to the Investec Cup and the bonus pool is divvied up upon completion of the event.
The season finale is a long way off, but for the moment Harding is pleased to be in the running for a shot at the title. He’ll need to keep producing good result in order to secure his place, but last week’s victory went a long way to helping his cause.
“You have to take advantage of these events. It’s an opportunity for us guys who don’t always contend at co-sanctioned events to rack up some points,” he said.