Jeff looking to make leap from Big Easy Tour

When he became the third two-time winner on the Sunshine Big Easy Tour presented by Stonehage last week, Jeff Inglis vaulted to the top of the Order of Merit.

And he has a chance to beat Riekus Nortje and Jared Harvey to three titles in a season. They too have won twice each and they all play in Tuesday’s Big Easy event at Irene Country Club.

Inglis will be looking to consolidate his lead ahead of the final event of the tour at Glendower Golf Club at the end of the month.

But should Inglis – or either of the other two – win at Irene, it will be bittersweet for him, because he will move into a higher exemption category on the main Sunshine Tour and become ineligible for the Big Easy Tour.

They would also miss out on the season-ending Big Easy Tour Championship set for The Els Club Copperleaf from September 19 – an event in which Inglis shared second last year, four shots behind winner Louis Calitz.

Inglis overcame the first-round delays caused by snow at last week’s event at Maccauvlei Golf Club to win by a comfortable five strokes from a group of five players which included Harvey, while Nortje was a further stroke back in a share of seventh.

He’s had a good season on the Big Easy Tour, with a second-place finish behind Ryan Cairns at Observatory in March after he opened with a stunning 62, and a share of sixth behind Harvey at Sun City’s Gary Player Country Club at the beginning of the month.

He’s had a battle on the Sunshine Tour, making just one cut and finishing in a share of 31st in the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open in April.

The Big Easy Tour has given him a way to sharpen his game, and should he win at Irene, he’ll be better prepared for the rigours of the main tour.

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