The 44-year-old finished third at this year’s Vusi Ngubeni Qualifying School after beginning the 72-hole tournament with an opening round of 69. He secured a 2014 card with his result and used his playing privileges to compete at every event on the Big Easy Tour calendar.
The Big Easy acts as a feeder for the Sunshine Tour and allows players like Dube to rediscover their game in the quiet winter months. Dube did exactly that during the six-tournament series and finished fifth on the Order of Merit with three top-10s to his name.
The top 30 earners from the regular Big Easy season head to the Tour Championship at The Els Club, Copperleaf in the hopes of winning the 54-hole event and being crowned Big Easy champion.
Dube’s latest result on the development tour was a share of 25th at Glendower Golf Club, but it was his performance at Kempton Park that stood out this year.
The Springs local shot rounds of 67 and 68 to finish regulation play tied for the lead on nine-under-par. A sudden-death playoff ensued and he was unable to trump veteran Callie Swart for the victory.
He went on to share second at Kempton Park, which is a ball-strikers’ track. Copperleaf is similar in that it requires accuracy and solid pay from tee to green. That suits Dube, who also picked up sixth place finishes at Houghton and Irene Golf Clubs.
The Tour Championship is a 54-hole event and that means mental strength is required to outlast the 29 other competitors. Dube’s 13 years of experience will play a crucial role as he looks to secure a victory at the season finale.