There were maiden victories for Haydn Porteous, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Madalitso Muthiya, Mark Williams and Jacques Kruyswijk.
Porteous, 22, in only his second season on tour, won the Joburg Open in January to clinch a European Tour card, and two months later he claimed the winner-take-all (R250 000) Investec Cup at Millvale.
Bezuidenhout, 22, a rookie, secured his tour card in his very first outing on tour, finishing second in the SA Open, and later in the year won the Sun Fish River Challenge.
Muthiya, 33, became the first Zambian to win on the Sunshine Tour, in the Vodacom Origins event at the Wild Coast.
Williams, 32, who won the Vodacom Origins Tour Final at St Francis Links, is a triumph in perseverance. In his first eight seasons on tour, starting out as a lanky teenager, and spent mostly playing in pre-qualifiers, he earned a total of R125 000. He was never in the top 100 of the Order of Merit. But in the last six seasons, finally as an exempt player, he has earned R2 million. Since finishing runner-up in the 2012 Cape Town Open his career has taken off.
Kruyswijk, 24, in his fourth year on tour, a Limpopo product, had four top-10 finishes in 2016 leading up to his surprise victory in the Cape Town Open, which came against a strong field, and over 72 holes. He had 27 birdies at Royal Cape to finish 17-under, and had the pressure of leading throughout the weekend.
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