Hugo just needs to stay in one piece

2008-10-21 00:00

CAPE ST FRANCIS — All Jean Hugo needs to do is make it through this week’s Vodacom Origins of Golf Tour Final without tripping over a sprinkler head at the spectacular St Francis Links to be crowned this year’s series champion and bank one of the biggest cheques of his career.

Hugo tees it up in the final event of the six-leg series, which includes points gained during the Vodacom Championship this year, with an unassailable lead.

With a win, two runner-up finishes and a further two top-tens on the series this year, Hugo leads the points table with 239 points. Chris Williams, who has also enjoyed an outstanding season, is his nearest challenger at 63 points adrift on 176 points. But with a win on the Vodacom Origins of Golf Tour worth 60 points, Hugo’s series triumph is assured.

And with it will come a cheque for R100 000 from the sponsor, which Hugo plans to put towards regaining his place on the European Tour through the qualifying school at the end of this year.

Hugo’s victory will cap not only a phenomenal season for him, but also a memorable one for this series.

Benoni professional Dion Fourie set the tone when he carded an amazing 29 on the front nine at Bloemfontein Golf Club in the final round to win the series opener this year.

Tyrone van Aswegen claimed his maiden victory as a professional in the Pretoria leg of the series, while Hugo claimed his second victory in three starts when he triumphed in the KwaZulu-Natal tournament.

Garth Mulroy took a break from the Nationwide Tour to win the Western Cape leg of the series, and rising star George Coetzee claimed the third victory of his career when he won the Eastern Cape event.

The race to finish second in the series will be far more closely contested. Williams and third-placed Neil Schietekat are separated by only 10 points and have enjoyed one of their best seasons of late.

Williams has produced three top-tens on this year’s series, while Schietekat has had a second-place finish as well as three top-tens.

And any one of Trevor Fisher Jnr., Darren Fichardt and Chris Swanepoel could also still challenge for a second place finish in the series.

The 54-hole final tees off tomorrow.

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