The Sunshine Big Easy Tour presented by Stonehage announced on Friday that its third year will comprise 11 tournaments and a Tour Championship, heralding another year breeding up-and-coming golfing talent.
“We are incredibly proud of what the Big Easy Tour and its players have achieved and are very excited to be starting our third season with the help of Stonehage,” said Dan Zwiebel, Manager of the Big Easy Tour.
The inaugural Big Easy Tour began in 2011 and was a resounding success. Sunshine Tour wins by Bryce Easton, Ryan Cairns, Teboho Sefatsa (pictured) underscored the benefit of the tour and countless players attributed their main tour accomplishments to honing their skills on the Big Easy Tour.
The third season will begin at Roodepoort Country Club, one of two new venues that will host one of 11 R100,000 tournaments scheduled for 2013. The Maccauvlei tournament will fall away, but both Roodepoort and Wingate Country Clubs have been added to the list of tournament venues.
The 2013 season will begin in early April and run until the Big Easy Tour Championship, which plays out at Glendower Golf Club from the fourth to the sixth of September.
Between April and September there will be no fewer than two Big Easy tournaments per month, which gives tomorrow’s stars the chance to consistently play competitive golf. June will be a bumper month for the tour, with tournaments at Wingate and Irene Country Clubs and Houghton Golf Club.
The partnership between the Sunshine Tour and Stonehage continues to shine, and this year 10 of the events can be attributed to the investment company, who named this development tour after Ernie Els.
This year marks a first for the tour – it will partner with International Sports Management (ISM) to provide the 11th event. Chubby Chandler, head of ISM, was excited about giving back to golf development, and added: “I have great pleasure supporting this breeding ground of champions as it enters its third year.”
2013 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
(Subject to changes)
DATE VENUE PRIZE MONEY
09 - 10 Roodepoort Country Club R 100 000
23 - 24 Observatory Golf Club R 100 000
07 - 08 Centurion Country Club R 100 000
23 - 24 Kempton Park Golf Club R 100 000
06 - 07 Irene Country Club R 100 000
18 - 19 Wingate Country Club R 100 000
25 - 26 Houghton Golf Club R 100 000
09 - 10 Benoni Country Club R 100 000
23 - 24 Royal Johannesburg & Kensington R 100 000
13 - 14 The Els Club, Copperleaf R 100 000
22 - 23 ERPM Golf Club R 100 000
04 - 06 Tour Championship Glendower Golf Club R 250 000