Jean Hugo led the Sunshine Tour in total score against par last year. After 85 tournament rounds he was 143-under-par, which means he was able to score better than anyone else during 2014.
The 15-time Sunshine Tour winner reached 20th in the Chase to the Investec Cup on the back of his prodigious scoring, which included 344 birdies and 17 eagles last year.
Hugo has a strong track record at the Investec Cup tournament and last year he finished sole eighth out of the 30 elite players who qualified to tee up.
Each tournament on the Sunshine Tour schedule offers up points in the Chase to the Investec Cup, starting with the Telkom Business PGA Championship and ending with the Tshwane Open. The top 30 in the points standings qualify for the Investec Cup, which carries a bonus prize pool.
Last year Trevor Fisher walked away with a total of R3,5-million for his victory and the Sunshine Tour players sat up and took notice.
This year promises to be an even bigger showdown and Hugo must spend the next month securing his place in the top 30. The 39-year-old has recorded top-10 results for four years running and he’ll look for a points boost in George in a fortnight’s time.
Three co-sanctioned events close out the Chase to the Investec Cup. These tournaments offer up huge points and are crucial to success. The tour starts a three-week spell at the Joburg Open, then heads to East London for the Africa Open and finally travels to Pretoria for the Tshwane Open.
After that it’s time for the top 30 to get ready, because the bonus prize pool offers up life-changing earnings. Hugo will be fully aware of what the coming weeks hold.