For the second time in 2012, the Sunshine Tour returns to the spectacular layout at the Royal Swazi Spa resort for the Lombard Insurance Classic. Unlike the Investec Royal Swazi Open, this tournament uses regular strokeplay scoring and plays three rounds instead of four.
ItÂs the sixth anniversary of the event, and prize money is up to R900,000 from last yearÂs R850,000.
Last year, Justin Harding took his second Sunshine Tour title there, holding off Neil Cheetham by a single stroke with his closing two-under-par 70.
Grant Muller and TC Charamba were involved in a sudden-death playoff in 2010 that went to a third hole before Muller prevailed.
In 2009, in a display just short of perfect, Peter Karmis shot the first-ever 59 in tournament play on the Sunshine Tour in the final round to steal the title away from an in-form Jaco van Zyl.
This was his second Lombard Insurance Classic win in three years on a layout rated as the favourite course by many of the Sunshine Tour professionals.
2011 Justin Harding (RSA) 202 (-14) 2010 Grant Muller (RSA) 201 (-15) (won playoff over TC Charamba)
2009 Peter Karmis (RSA) 198 (-18)
2008 Merrick Bremner (RSA) 198 (-18)
2007 Peter Karmis (RSA) 200 (-16)
PRE-QUALIFIER: Wednesday 31 May Â Royal Swazi Spa
FORMAT: 72 professionals and 72 amateurs make up the pro-am field.
The professional competition will be decided over 54 holes of strokeplay.
PRO-AM COMPETITION: Betterball Medal
TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR: Nick Shan
TOURNAMENT SECRETARY: Pauli van Meersbergen
TOURNAMENT CO-ORDINATOR: Ludwick Manyama
REFEREES: Graham Webster, Vic Sorour, Marinus Weiss
PRESS OFFICER: Michael Taylor