Last year’s winner Andrew Curlewis currently ranks 41st in points and if he successfully defends his title then he could up into the top 20.
Three weeks ago Keith Horne won at St. Francis Links and was rewarded with 130 points, which took him from 50th to 24th in the standings.
There are 1000 points available at the R700,000 Wild Waves Challenge. Everyone who makes the cut will earn points, with the champion taking home 130.
Young gun Danie van Tonder is the current leader in the Chase to the Investec Cup. The 23-year-old has made 917 points in 10 starts this year, with plenty of them coming from his victories in Swaziland and at Euphoria Golf Estate.
The Ebotse Links member also picked up big points with top-five finishes at the Telkom Business PGA Championship and the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open.
Brazil’s Adilson da Silva currently ranks 10th in points, while Heinrich Bruiners ranks 30th.
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.
The 54-hole events of the Sunshine Tour are the bread and butter of its professionals, but those tournaments also make it possible for the regular contenders to earn a place amongst the elite 30-man field of the Investec Cup, which offers up a bonus prize pool of R10 million.
This week’s Wild Waves Challenge is another chance for the Sunshine Tour regulars to earn some points and rise in the Chase to the Investec Cup.