Jake Roos (@RoosJake) has won six times on the Sunshine Tour and he’s spending a good portion of 2014 looking for a way into the European Tour through the Challenge Tour.
He got his season off to the ideal start with a maiden Challenge Tour title at the Barclays Kenya Open. That was after he had contended in the opening two rounds of the Sunshine Tour’s Tshwane Open which is co-sanctioned by the European Tour. He fell away somewhat in the next two rounds, but still finished in a share of 15th.
That was after his two most lucrative seasons on the Sunshine Tour: In 2012, he finished 13th on the Order of Merit and in 2013, he was 14th with his best year ever in terms of prize-money won – just over R1.05-million.
His Challenge Tour form didn’t quite reach those heights in the few events after, but with his family in tow last week in Austria, he posted his best finish since that win. Four rounds in the 60s saw Roos finish in a tie for fourth, just two shots back from Moritz Lampert’s winning total, and proof that his victory in Kenya was no flash in the pan.
“I hit the ball very well the whole week but just made a couple too many mistakes in the early rounds that left me just that little bit short at the end of the week,” said Roos of his Austrian performance.
If he were to continue that fine form this week in the D+D Real Czech Challenge, having made the short trip to the Czech Republic, then he will surely be a force to be reckoned with at Golf & Spa Kunetická Hora.
He is currently third on the Challenge Tour money list, and another good tournament this week will strengthen his chances of making it through from the Challenge Tour to the European Tour.
It’s not an easy life on the smaller tour, however: “I had my wife Rhoné and my daughter Clara as well as my parents with me in Austria,” he said. “It was great to have the support and my network around me.
“I am starting to get more comfortable playing in Europe. It also helps a lot with recently having found backing in the form of EPI-USE Labs. There are so many costs involved travelling in Europe and just playing is really the only thing you want to focus on,” he added
Roos will have South African company in Alex Haindl in the Czech Republic this week.