The 40-year-old, affectionately known as ‘Boom’ because of his long hitting, clocked up an impressive 250 points for his victory at the Zambia Sugar Open. A further two top-10s have taken him to 451 points, some 319 less than Chase leader Dean Burmester.
The Chase to the Investec Cup incorporates every Sunshine Tour event from the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open until the tournament preceding the Investec Cup, which is due to be held in March 2016. Bigger tournaments, such as those co-sanctioned by the European Tour, offer up more points.
The Zambia Sugar Open carries R1,5-million prize fund, which also means that it carries a healthy point offering for the Chase to the Investec Cup. Groenewald’s victory in Zambia helped him to make a good climb, and his next step will be to consolidate on his current Chase position of fourth.
A second-place finish at the Vodacom Origins of Golf at Langebaan Country Estate, along with a share of 10th at the Mopani/Redpath Zambia Open, have helped the George local to keep pace the with the leading pack.
In the coming months the Sunshine Tour schedule is packed with winter events, which will be a focus for the Groenewald as he aims to clock up more points. For veterans like him it’s a real treat to play a limited-field event for large sums and he tries to play every tournament in order to make it the 30-man field that play the season finale at Millvale Private Retreat and Lost City Golf Course each year.
The future is full of promise for Groenewald, who is going through a career renaissance that could peak at the Investec Cup finale.