Sunshine Tour returns to Sishen

Vodacom Origins of Golf: Day 1It’s four years since the Sunshine Tour had an event at the Sishen Golf and Country Club, and the players return to the course this week for Thursday’s R700,000 Vodacom Origins of Golf event there.

The Northern Cape and Free State leg of the long-running series was last played there in 2012, when Trevor Fisher Jnr beat Christiaan Basson in a play-off, with Doug McGuigan in third and the then rising star Danie van Tonder in fourth.

The course, in an area that battles with water, is regarded with affection by many of the professionals, and winds its way through a 500 hectare kameeldoring forest on the edge of the Kalahari Desert. It was built and is maintained by Sishen Iron Ore Mine and officially opened in 1979. It was the last course designed by Robert (Bob) Grimsdell, but he did not live to see completed.

The corresponding tournament in last year’s Vodacom Origins of Golf series was held at Vaal de Grace outside Parys in the Free State, and it was won by Jean Hugo, who held off a determined effort by Jacques Kruyswijk.

In the 2012 tournament at Sishen, Fisher carded a final round of six-under-par 66, and his 14-under total was matched by Basson who carded 65 in the final round. A birdie by Fisher on the first play-off hole gave him the title, his second in two events after he took the Wild Waves Golf Challenge at the Wild Coast Sun just a week earlier.

 

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