At a media briefing held at the offices of the Nelson Mandela ChildrenÂs Fund in Saxonwold this morning, the Sunshine Tour announced the launch of the Nelson Mandela Championship, a new professional golf tournament co-sanctioned by the European Tour.
The Â1-million (minimum) 72-hole tournament will be the first event on the 2013 European Tour International Schedule and will also be the kick-off to the 2013 Race to Dubai. The field of 156 professionals will be made up of equal numbers from both the Sunshine and European Tours and will feature some of the worldÂs leading and up-and-coming professional golfers
Acting CEO of the Nelson Mandela ChildrenÂs Fund, Moipone Buda-Ramatlo said, ÂWe are absolutely delighted to be associated with this prestigious event, which will both add significantly to our fund-raising efforts, as well as give us a worldwide platform through live television coverage to highlight our vitally important work in support of the neediest children throughout South Africa.
ÂWe are looking forward to welcoming some of the worldÂs finest golfers to our shores who will compete with our leading South African golfers in their quest to be the first to lift the trophy at the Nelson Mandela Championship.Â
Executive director of the Sunshine Tour Selwyn Nathan added, ÂWe are very honoured to have a new tournament on our Tour that is aimed at advancing the work of Mr Nelson Mandela as carried out by the Nelson Mandela ChildrenÂs Fund. We would like to thank the promoters and sponsors for their vision in supporting this event and look forward to being associated with the Nelson Mandela ChildrenÂs Fund in furthering its important aims.Â
The first Nelson Mandela Championship will take place from 6 to 9 December 2012 at a venue still to be confirmed, as ongoing negotiations are taking place in KZN and Nelson Mandela Bay for the hosting of the event.