When Estanislao Goya of Argentina defends his Dimension Data Pro-Am title on the Outeniqua, Montagu and The Links at Fancourt next month, he’ll be playing for a lot more than he won last year as one of the oldest Sunshine Tour tournaments celebrates its 20th anniversary.
In celebration of one of the most popular tournaments on the Sunshine Tour, Dimension Data executive chairman Jeremy Ord has boosted the prize fund of the tournament by R500,000 to a total of R4,5-million – making it the richest tournament on the Sunshine Tour outside the events co-sanctioned by the European Tour.
“We’re thrilled to have travelled this road with the Sunshine Tour,” said Mr Ord. “The tournament forms an important part of our relationships with many people who are part of our business, and it has become an event to which businessmen and golf professionals alike look forward.
“By increasing the prize money on offer, we believe we are demonstrating our faith in the future of professional golf in South Africa as well as expressing gratitude for a 20-year journey,” he added.
The money will be split, with R4.25-million going to the professional contest, and R250,000 up for grabs in the pro-am section of the tournament.
In addition to the heaviest trophy in South African golf, the winner of the 2015 edition of one of the oldest and most popular events on the Sunshine Tour will find himself getting the lion’s share of a prize fund. That means that, as well as a spot in the lucrative World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational from August 3-9 in Akron, Ohio, the winner will take home R673,625 for his efforts.
With players of the calibre of 2014 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit winner Thomas Aiken and December’s Alfred Dunhill Championship winner Branden Grace already entered in the tournament, the boost in the prize fund is certain to make the event even more popular amongst players and fans.