At a media briefing held at the venerable Royal Cape Golf Club today, the Sunshine Tour announced the launch of the Lion of Africa Cape Town Open, a new annual professional golf tournament to be played at South AfricaÂs oldest golf club for the first time from 22 to 25 November this year.
Also announced was that Lion of Africa Insurance Company, South AfricaÂs only Level 1 B-BBEE short-term insurer, would be the title sponsor of the four-round tournament, which will feature a full field of 156 of the Sunshine TourÂs leading professionals. The total prize money on offer will be R2-million, with the winnerÂs share being an impressive R317,000.
Speaking on behalf of the Sunshine Tour, chief operating officer Grant Wilson said: ÂWe are very excited to announce the Lion of Africa Cape Town Open and are delighted that, at last, professional golf and the Sunshine Tour can make a return to Cape Town. It is something that we as a Tour have worked hard on for some time now and it is very satisfying to see that hard work finally coming to fruition. We would like to thank both Lion of Africa and the City of Cape Town for their support and for sharing our vision for this event.Â
Fred Robertson, chairman of the title sponsors Lion of Africa added, ÂAs a leader in empowerment and transformation in the financial services sector, we are very pleased to be associated with the Cape Town Open and are proud to have been instrumental in getting top-class professional golf back to the city.Â
Also at the launch was the Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Alderman Patricia de Lille who said: ÂThis golf tournament is a great addition to our calendar of exciting sports events. As a golf enthusiast, IÂm looking forward to watching some of the stars in the game competing against local golfers.
ÂWe aspire to host successful sports events that will bring the best sports teams and sports stars to our city. By so doing, we will empower local teams and sports professionals to learn from their more established counterparts so that they use those lessons to become champions in their professions.Â
The Lion of Africa Cape Town Open will be played in the week following the SA Open Championship, which should ensure that many of South AfricaÂs top professionals who play all around the world will be available to make the trip to Cape Town to compete. Tickets, for just a R10 donation to charity per day, will be available at the gate, while pensioners and children under 16 will be admitted free.