Neil Schietekat is ninth in the Chase to the Investec Cup and turns his attention to this week’s Lion of Africa Cape Town Open looking for the big points on offer.
The Sunshine Tour’s 72-hole summer events begin with this week’s R1,5-million tournament at Royal Cape Golf Club at Schietekat is primed for a good result.
The 30-year-old went eight years without a victory, but broke through at the 2013 Platinum Classic at Mooinooi. The win became the cornerstone for Schietekat’s 2014 season, which has been dotted with good results.
Despite not winning this year he’s had five top-10 finishes and missed just six cuts. His consistent good form has taken him to ninth place in the points standings.
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.
This week at the Lion of Africa Cape Town Open there are 3000 points available, with the winner bagging a solid 250. Schietekat got a taste of the points on offer at large tournaments when he received 200 for his sole second finish at the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open earlier this year.
His latest outing to the Nedbank Affinity Cup yielded 33.5 points after he tied for 13th place. Those points boosts keep his total ticking over, but the coming weeks are make or break territory.
The Modderfontein Golf Club member has set a good foundation for his Chase to the Investec Cup and now he needs good results from the summer events, starting at this week’s Lion of Africa Cape Town Open.