Walters named Commissioner’s Award winner

The 2013 Sunshine Tour Players’ Awards function was held at a function in Pretoria on Monday evening, with Justin Walters named for the prestigious Commissioner’s Award.

 

While he didn’t win anything on the Sunshine Tour in 2013, it was the dignity with which he conducted himself in a time of grief when coming second in the Portugal Masters on the European Tour which caught the eye. He was the epitome of a South African, a gentleman, a golfer and a son – and showed the golfing world what kind of people the Sunshine Tour produces.

 

Darren Fichardt won the approval of his peers as he took the Players’ Player of the Year award. Fichardt, who was narrowly beaten to the 2013 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit by Dawie van der Walt, won the Africa Open in 2013, and had three other top-10 finishes.

 

Jaco van Zyl was named Golf Writers’ Player of the Year for his three victories on the 2013 Sunshine Tour. He topped a poll of local golf media who chose from a short list which included Van der Walt, Jacques Blaauw, who won three tournaments last year, and veteran Andrew Curlewis, who won twice.

 

The full list of awards is below.

 

2013 Sunshine Tour Players’ Awards

 

Sid Brews Trophy

Winner Sunshine Tour Order of Merit (leading money winner)

2013 Dawie van der Walt

R5,094,332.50

11 tournaments

2 victories (Tshwane Open, Nelson Mandela Championship presented by ISPS Handa)

 

Bobby Locke Trophy

Winner Sunshine Tour Rookie of the Year

2013 Dylan Frittelli

34th on 2013 Order of Merit (R564,960.00)

9 tournaments

2nd Telkom PGA Championship, T39 Dimension Data Pro-Am, T41 Tshwane Open, 39th Nedbank Affinity Cup

 

Gary Player Trophy

Winner Sunshine Tour Stroke Average (played two-thirds of Order of Merit tournaments)

2013 Ulrich van den Berg

20th on 2013 Order of Merit (R883,132.05)

26 tournaments (83 rounds)

Stroke average 70.18

 

Golf Writers’ Player of the Year

Winner of a poll of South African golf media from players who qualified for 2013 Order of Merit

2013 Jaco van Zyl

3rd on 2013 Order of Merit (R3,027,749.04)

9 tournaments

3 victories (Dimension Data Pro-Am, Telkom PGA Championship, Investec Cup)

Won inaugural Chase to Investec Cup bonus pool

T2 in Africa Open

 

Players’ Player of the Year

Winner of a poll of the top 100 players on the 2013 Order of Merit

2013 Darren Fichardt

2nd on 2013 Order of Merit (R4,518,495.00)

12 tournaments

Won Africa Open

3 other top 10s (T7 Dimension Data Pro-Am, 2nd Tshwane Open, T2 Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open)

2nd inaugural Chase to Investec Cup bonus pool

 

Commissioner’s Award

2013 Justin Walters

Played 10 tournaments

30th on 2013 Order of Merit (R643,125.54)

Top-20s in Joburg Open (T16), Tshwane Open (T16), Lion of Africa Cape Town Open (T13)

But it was the dignity with which he conducted himself in a time of grief when coming 2nd in the Portugal Masters on the European Tour which caught the eye. He was the epitome of a South African, gentleman, a golfer and a son – and showed the golfing world what kind of people the Sunshine Tour produces.

 

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