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Player Launches New Tournament in Honour of Wife Vivienne

The Gary and Vivienne Player Foundation, in partnership with the Sunshine Tour, has announced the launch of a new local golf tournament.

The Gary and Vivienne Player Invitational charity tournament will be played at The Lost City Golf Course at Sun City from 22-23 January 2022.

Sanctioned and supported by the Sunshine Tour, the tournament will feature a field of celebrities, business leaders, and 15 Sunshine Tour professionals, competing in aid of helping the Gary and Vivienne Player Foundation raise funds for the Blair Atholl Pre-Primary School.

The Sunshine Tour professionals will qualify by virtue of their finishes in the inaugural Gary and Vivienne Player Challenge, a R1-million tournament that will be played at The Lost City Golf Course from 19-21 January 2022. The top 15 professionals at the end of this tournament will then qualify to play in the Gary and Vivienne Player Invitational.

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“Vivienne shared my love for people and my desire to make a difference in people’s lives, and to help bring some joy to disadvantaged communities. Her life was dedicated to the people around her – from supporting me in my career, to raising our children, and then to working with me in our various efforts to give back to those in need. The Gary and Vivienne Player Invitational will not only be a fitting tribute to Vivienne, but it will also continue her legacy and the important work we will continue to do through the Gary and Vivienne Player Foundation,” said Player.

The establishment of the Blair Atholl Pre-Primary School on their Blair Atholl farm near Johannesburg in 1990 for the children of farm workers in that community marked the official start of the Gary and Vivienne Player Foundation.

The Blair Atholl Pre-Primary school has since grown to 125 children aged between three and six, some of whom have returned as current teachers at the school.

“Gary Player has done so much for the growth of the Sunshine Tour and South African professional golf, and Vivienne Player in turn played such a vital role in not only his success, but also the success of their foundation and the impact it has made on so many young lives,” said Thomas Abt, Commissioner of the Sunshine Tour. “We are proud to lend our support and that of our member professionals, and to play a role in helping with the important work of the Gary and Vivienne Player Foundation.”

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