Jean looking to climb winners’ list

2016 Joburg Open: Day 4When Jean Hugo won last year’s Vodacom Origins of Golf tournament at San Lameer on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, he drew level with Ernie Els for the total number of victories on the Sunshine Tour.

It was his 16th victory on the Sunshine Tour, and he went on to surpass that total when he won the Vodacom Origins of Golf event at Parys’ Vaal de Grace, joining Tony Johnstone on 17 victories. And while he has a long way to go to match Gary Player’s 73 victories, he is the most successful golfer currently active on the local circuit.

Also ahead of Hugo on the list are Mark McNulty with 33 wins, the legendary Bobby Locke (30), eight-time winner of the South African Open Championship Sid Brews (26), and John Bland (21).

With six Vodacom Origins of Golf events on the Sunshine Tour’s schedule this year, it is not inconceivable that Hugo will add to his 17 titles and move closer to the top five on the list of all-time winners. That’s because he has made a habit of winning on that series, with the first of 11 victories in it coming back in 2006 at Arabella Golf Club in the Western Cape.

In 2011, he dominated the series, winning three times – at Pretoria Country Club, Simola Golf and Country Estate, and at the final at Legend Golf and Safari Resort.

He has taken home over R950,000 just in first-place prize money from the series, which is a tenth of his career prize money on the Sunshine Tour.

The first event of the 2016 series kicks off on Thursday 28 July at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club.

Top 50 Sunshine Tour winners:

  • 1              Gary Player                        73
  • 2              Mark McNulty                   33
  • 3              Bobby Locke                     30
  • 4              Sid Brews                           26
  • 5              John Bland                         21
  • T6           Jean Hugo                           17
  • T6           Tony Johnstone                  17
  • 8              Ernie Els                              16
  • 9              Bobby Lincoln                    15
  • T10         Darren Fichardt                  14
  • T10         Jaco van Zyl                         14
  • T12         Desvonde Botes                 13
  • T12         Dale Hayes                          13
  • T14         Adilson da Silva                  12
  • T14         Des Terblanche                  12
  • T16         Fulton Allem                       11
  • T16         Hugh Baiocchi                    11
  • T16         Justin Hobday                     11
  • T16         James Kingston                  11
  • T16         Hennie Otto                       11
  • T16         Wayne Westner                 11
  • T22         John Fourie                        10
  • T22         Allan Henning                    10
  • T22         Titch Moore                       10
  • T22         Nick Price                           10
  • T22         Ashley Roestoff                 10
  • T27         Marc Cayeux                      9
  • T27         Trevor Fisher Jnr               9
  • T27         Retief Goosen                   9
  • T27         Charl Schwartzel               9
  • T27         Roger Wessels                   9
  • T27         Chris Williams                    9
  • T33         Thomas Aiken                   8
  • T33         Hendrik Buhrmann          8
  • T33         George Coetzee                8
  • T33         Bobby Cole                         8
  • T33         Keith Horne                        8
  • T33         Bradford Vaughan            8
  • T39         Warren Abery                    7
  • T39         Louis Oosthuizen              7
  • T39         Ulrich van den Berg          7
  • T39         Steve van Vuuren             7
  • T43         Dean Burmester               6
  • T43         David Frost                         6
  • T43         Simon Hobday                   6
  • T43         Derek James                      6
  • T43         Doug McGuigan                6
  • T43         Jake Roos                            6
  • T43         Nico van Rensburg           6
  • T50         Branden Grace                  5
  • T50         Merrick Bremner              5
  • T50         Denis Hutchinson             5
  • T50         Trevor Immelman            5
  • T50         Andrew McLardy              5
  • T50         Sean Pappas                      5
  • T50         Richard Sterne                  5

 

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