The winter months carry the Vodacom Origins of Golf presented by Samsung series and a range of other 54-hole events that keep the Sunshine Tour players sharp for the summer.
Abery is a seven-time winner on tour and the 54-hole events are his bread and butter. After Trevor Fisher Junior won a cool R3,6-million at the 2014 Investec Cup it became clear how meaningful it is to make it into the event.
To qualify players must finish in the top 30 in the Chase to the Investec Cup, which is based on points accrued at every tournament from the Telkom Business PGA Championship in April until the final event a week before the Investec Cup begins in May 2015.
Next on the schedule is Vodacom Origins of Golf Vaal de Grace, where Abery will look to rise from his current rank of 30th. The added incentive of the Investec Cup certainly nags at the back of the players’ minds, because not making it means missing out on a big opportunity.
So far Abery has rung up 279 points in 10 tournaments, with his best points haul coming at the Mopani Copper Mines Zambia Open, where he tied for eighth place. The system works on a sliding scale and really large points are given out for a victory.
This incentive means Abery and his peers are that much more keen to win rather than do well. It’s an exciting prospect and the coming weeks are the time for Sunshine Tour regulars to secure their place amongst the top 30.