2013 champion: Heinrich Bruiners
EVENT: Vodacom Origins of Golf presented by Samsung
DATE: 25-27 June 2014
VENUE: Euphoria Golf Estate and Hydro
PRIZE MONEY: R600,000
FIELD SIZE: 72 professionals; 60 amateurs
Team: Better Ball Stableford (1 Amateur & 1 Professional) on Wednesday and Thursday.
(Amateurs will drive on carts)
Individual Stableford: Top 15 amateurs to play on Friday from the 10th Tee.
START: Two-tee (10 minute intervals)
One of the longest-running series of tournaments on the Sunshine Tour is the Vodacom Origins of Golf Series, this year presented by Samsung. Each tournament of the series of six carries a prize-fund ofR600,000, and the final is set for Pezula Golf Club on October 29. The theme of the tournaments this year is ‘Evolution’ – of the game, of equipment, of rules, and of players.
The course for the first event is designed by Annika Sorenstam and is a unique blend of bushveld golf with wide, undulating fairways, wild grasses and deep bunkers which gives it an inland links like feel. “I designed the course the way I play the game where you have to think about every shot,” said Sorenstam. The course will favour the strategic player rather than the big Hitters.
The Vodacom Origins of Golf presented by Samsung series will also have a competition within it: It is a cumulative par-three competition – the Ultimate Par-Three Challenge – where the leading 10 players most under par on all the par-threes throughout the series will qualify for a shootout on the Tuesday of the Final, for a prize of R50,000.
The prize fund will be split as follows: