McGuigan meets Naas in Media Challenge

Doug McGuigan is a five-time winner on the Sunshine Tour, but he’s also one of the biggest Blue Bull fans in South Africa.

And he will be up against a legendary Blue Bull and Springbok when he takes on Naas Botha in this year’s Sunshine Tour Media Challenge hosted at The Els Club Copperleaf, when 50 members of the media will take on 50 Sunshine Tour professionals at matchplay with the R5,000 at stake in each match going to charity.

The stakes have been put up by Investec, and, while Botha, who was capped 28 times for South Africa, plays off a handicap of 18, McGuigan will have to be careful he doesn’t get stars in his eyes if he is to get his share of the R250,000 up for grabs for charity.

If the match is won by the media, the R5,000 will go to will go to Kutlwanong Centre for Maths, Science and Technology, a Section 21 non-profit company. Their focus is addressing the challenges that South African schools face in the teaching and learning of Mathematics, Science and Accounting. Promaths, a partnership between Investec and Kutlwanong Maths, Science and Technology Centre, supports high school learners so as to improve their performance in maths and science. The programme offers extra maths and science tuition for Grade 10, 11 and 12 learners in Soweto and other parts of the country.

If the professional wins the match, the R5,000 will go to Study Trust, an independent national bursary agency. It is a non-profit civil organisation that has been offering hope to many young deserving South Africans by granting them bursaries since 1974. Investec, in partnership with Study Trust, awards young South Africans, with academic potential and in financial need, the opportunity to study towards financial sector related degrees at various local universities.

The event started in 2011, and the professionals won 45 of the 50 matches, with Sasha Martinengo providing one of the surprise media victories when he beat Thomas Aiken. Martinengo takes on three-time Sunshine Big Easy Tour winner Riekus Nortje this year.

This year, the professionals will have to play the four par-fives on the tough Els Club Copperleaf layout as par-fours, which means the amateurs will have their handicaps as well as four more strokes at their disposal.

Other mouth-watering matchups are Carte Blanche’s Derek Watts against Ryan Cairns and SuperSport’s rugby expert and former Springbok coach Nick Mallett against Bradford Vaughan.

Here’s the full draw for Sunday’s event:

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