Local is lekker for Hollick

15_SUN_SIB_PRE2_WEBMichael Hollick grew up in Durban and resides at Mount Edgecombe Country Club, so he was raring to tee off at the Sun Sibaya Challenge, which begins at his home course from Wednesday.

“I’ve lived here for 20 years behind the first green and it’s always nice to be back. I know the track well and I’m looking forward to playing here,” he said.

The last time he played the course under tournament conditions was at the 2013 Nelson Mandela Championship, where he missed the cut by two shots. This time around he wants to make the most of his home-ground advantage.

The 28-year-old has played enough rounds at Mount Edgecombe to know the course well, and he’ll try to put those memories to good use at this week’s 54-hole tournament, which carries with it a prize fund of R700,000.

“It’s the second time I’m playing here competitively since turning professional. It’s not a co-sanctioned event like the Nelson Mandela Championship was, but it would still be great to do well,” he said.

While he didn’t finish in the money at last week’s Sun Wild Coast Sun Challenge, Hollick has certainly been playing well over the last few months and has made six cuts in his last seven starts.

At present he ranks 60th on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit with his top result this season coming at the Vodacom Origins of Golf at San Lameer, where he tied for 12th place.

In the last two years he’s made the top 40 on the tour’s earnings list, so there is work to be done for him to get back into the upper echelons in 2015.

As it stands he is in the region of R80,000 behind 40th place, so a top-three result at his home course would get him right back on track.

“From a player’s perspective I would say it suits my game and I’ve always played fairly well at Mount Egdecombe, so there are no excuses to not do well.

“I’m going to play it like I do on a Thursday in a club competition. I’ll try not to get too involved in everything and stay relaxed. I’ve played a lot of golf here, but you’ve got to produce the goods on the day,” he said.

A maiden win is foremost in Hollick’s mind this week in Durban.

“This is my fourth year on tour and it is time to get a win on the board. There’s no better opportunity than this week, but you don’t want to put too much emphasis on it. If you play well then everything will take care of itself,” he said.

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