Selwyn Nathan, the Executive Director of the Sunshine Tour today announced that the 104th South African Open Championship will be played from the 8th to 11th of January 2015 at Glendower Golf Club, Ekurhuleni.
Explaining the new date, Nathan said, “Since 2010, the commercial rights to the SA Open Championship have been held by Africa Sports Holding (ASH), however, by mutual agreement, the Sunshine Tour has now regained these rights for the 104th SA Open, working in consultation with ASH. Given the stature of the SA Open in world golf, it has made sense to move the SA Open into this new January slot, which will make it easier for our South African stars to participate. We are extremely grateful to ASH for the hard work they have put into the SA Open.
“We are delighted that we can announce that the City of Ekurhuleni will remain on board as the host sponsor for the 104th SA Open and thank the Executive Mayor Cllr Mondli Gungubele and his executive for the massive support of the SA Open and professional golf in South Africa. We are also very pleased to be able to return to the magnificent Glendower Golf Club for the second consecutive year.”
Keith Waters, Chief Operating Officer and Director of International Policy for The European Tour, said: “We are delighted that the South African Open Championship will once again feature on The European Tour International Schedule in January 2015.
“Our members very much enjoyed the challenge presented by Glendower Golf Club last November and will relish the return. Our sincere thanks go to everyone at the Sunshine Tour and the City of Ekurhuleni for their support and co-operation in making this new date for the tournament a reality.”
Speaking on behalf of the City of Ekurhuleni, Executive Mayor Gungubele said, “We are honoured to once again be the host city of the prestigious South African Open Championship and look forward to welcoming some of the very best golfers in the world to our Aerotropolis. We are very proud to be involved with an event of this stature. For the past three years that we have been involved with the SA Open it has given our city such important exposure to so many decision makers around the world – something that augurs well for our efforts to bring in investors from all over the world.”
President of the South African Golf Association, the custodians of the South African Open Championship, Gerhard Conradie said, “It is excellent news that the South African Open has been announced for January 2015 at Glendower Golf Club and we look forward to another successful event, worthy of the long and illustrious history of one of world golf’s oldest Open championships.”
In closing, Nathan indicated that further announcements on sponsors and marquee-name players were imminent and looked forward to making these known in the near future.