Origins Tour set to sizzle at Selborne

2008-05-24 00:00

The Vodacom Origins of Golf Tour reaches its halfway point at Selborne Golf Estate on the KZN south coast next week, and with it one of the most exciting battles in the race to be crowned this year’s overall series champion.

Jean Hugo and Chris Swanepoel are separated by only a single point on the Vodacom Swing, which is the points table for the six-tournament series.

Both have been in tremendous form on this year’s series on the winter leg of the Sunshine Tour, with Hugo finishing no worse than sixth to claim 117 points, and Swanepoel no worse than fourth for his 116 points.

What has made the difference is their respective finishes in the Vodacom Championship earlier this year. The professionals were also awarded points for their finishes in this main summer event, and Hugo’s eighth finish here compared with Swanepoel’s 12th has given him the slight advantage.

In 13 tournaments this year, Hugo has claimed a win and seven top-10 finishes. He also travels to the KZN south coast next week having not finished outside the top six in his last five tournaments.

And he’s done so playing a brand of attacking golf, that is evidenced by the fact that he has made the most birdies on the Sunshine Tour this season.

“I’ve been working hard to stay more positive. In every tournament I’ve been playing for top five finishes, and I figure that as long as I’m doing that, the wins will take care of themselves,” he said.

Another major focus next week will be the birdies for charity that forms part of this year’s tour.

For every birdie the professionals make on the series this year, the sponsor has agreed to donate R100 to the Women and Men against Child Abuse Kidz Clinics, which provide support for abused children and their families.

A total of R143 200 has already been raised for the foundation over the past two tournaments.

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