Speaking from Glendower Golf Club, where he spent his schooldays practising and playing golf, executive director of the Sunshine Tour Selwyn Nathan said, ”On behalf of the Sunshine Tour, I would like to thank Glendower and all their staff for hosting this, our flagship event on their magnificent course – it is no surprise that that it has received widespread praise from the players.
“Without sponsors and partners, an event like this would not be possible and the support and vision from the City of Ekurhuleni has been wonderful. Tournament promoter Khaya Ngqula and his team have brought otherpartners and sponsors such as BMW, Hertz, Johannesburg Zoo, Taittinger, Emperor’s Palace, Ernie Els Wines, Goose Wines and Power 98.7 who all play an incredibly important role and we thank them for their participation.
“Already the 2013 SA Open has provided drama and intrigue – not since the days of the Henning brothers have we seen two South African brothers contending in our national championship. Charl Schwartzel’s younger brother Attie continues to impress as he starts the third round in the top 20, looking to chase down his older brother.
“Also of note has been the performance of local boy Bennie van der Merwe who was a special request for an invitation to the event by the Mayor of Ekurhuleni Mondli Gungubele. After two rounds, he is handily placed at five-under par.
“We look forward to a great weekend of golf and expect an exciting battle for the coveted trophy. Of no doubt is that the winner will have worked hard to rise above this very talented field of professional golfers!”