The Sunshine Tour has announced the addition of a new co-sanctioned Challenge Tour tournament to its schedule.
The inaugural SDC Open will be hosted by Zebula Golf Estate and Spa in the Waterberg from 24 to 27 March and feature a purse of $250 000 (R3.86m).
“As the Skills Development Corporation, we’re delighted to play our part in what is essentially the development of, as well as an investment in, the skills of South Africa’s future golf stars,” said Daniel Gibhard, CEO of The Skills Development Corporation. “At SDC we have witnessed first-hand the power of a high level of training combined with opportunity. The golfers that will take part in the inaugural SDC Open hosted by Zebula Golf Estate and Spa have spent years honing their skills, and we are delighted to be able to give them this opportunity to not only gain a foothold on the Challenge Tour, but to perhaps even go further and progress onto the DP World Tour and continue to showcase the phenomenal talent South Africa has.”
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The first two rounds of the SDC Open hosted by Zebula Golf Estate and Spa will be shared by both Zebula and Elements Private Golf Reserve, with the final two rounds to be played solely at Zebula.
“The Skills Development Organisation plays a vital role in investing in and upskilling young South Africans. As the Sunshine Tour, we echo this on our fairways and through our philosophy that ‘GreatnessBeginsHere’,” said Thomas Abt, Commissioner of the Sunshine Tour. “The SDC Open hosted by Zebula Golf Estate and Spa has allowed us to put together a strong South African swing of seven Challenge Tour co-sanctioned events that offers our members vital playing opportunities, access to test themselves against international competition, and finally the opportunity to advance their careers and take another step to a place on the main DP World Tour.”
A daily maximum of 2,000 fully-vaccinated spectators will be able to attend The SDC Open hosted by Zebula Golf Estate and Spa.