St Francis - Jean Hugo has the opportunity to further entrench
himself as one of the Sunshine Tour's most successful golfers with a win in
this week's Origins of Golf at St Francis Links.
The fourth tournament on the six-tournament series,
which is now in its 14th year as the backbone of the winter leg of
the Sunshine Tour, tees off at the Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course on
Hugo is by some distance the most successful golfer in
the history of this series, having won 11 tournaments since it first teed off
He's also one of only three golfers to have ever won three of the six
tournaments in a single year, the others being Thomas Aiken and Brandon
This year Hugo has finished top 10 in the last two Origins of Golf tournaments at Zimbali Country Club and Arabella
A win at St Francis Links would see Hugo secure sixth
place alone on the all-time list of golfers with the most wins on the Sunshine
Tour. Hugo is currently tied sixth alongside Tony Johnston with 17 victories.
Those ranked above him are John Bland (21 wins), Sid
Brews (26 wins), Bobby Locke (30 wins), Mark McNulty (33 wins) and Gary Player
It's no secret that Hugo is a fan of the format of
this series, which includes a very relaxed out of tournament pro-am on Tuesday
and Wednesday before the main 54-hole professional tournament begins on
"You know, we've always played great golf courses
throughout the history of the Origins. They're a great test. And I have
always loved the atmosphere of these tournaments," he said.
Hugo is currently ranked above some of the greats of
the Sunshine Tour on the all-time list such as Ernie Els, Dale Hayes, Nick
Price, Hugh Baiocchi, Wayne Westner, Retief Goosen, Charl Schwartzel,
Louis Oosthuizen and many others.
While clearly many of his contemporaries on
this list play the majority of their golf on either the PGA Tour or European
Tour, it does still give Hugo a unique piece of Sunshine Tour history that he
can revel in.