New Event to Conclude South African Tour


The Sunshine Tour (South African) will conclude its season at the Leopard Creek Golf Course, near Malelane in Mpumalanga. The Tour Championship, a 72-hole stroke play tournament, will take place from Feb. 22 to 25, 2001.
Only the country's leading players on the current Sunshine Tour Order of Merit are set to participate in this the eighth summer event on the growing professional tour held under the auspices of the Southern Africa Tour.
'Seventy two players qualify to participate in this the final event of the Sunshine Tour,' said Louis Martin, chief executive of the Southern Africa Tour. He explained that the leading available players on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit and a limited number of invitations are the only criteria determining who can play in the event.
'We are concluding the 2000/2001 Sunshine Tour by offering the season's leading players an opportunity to play against each other in the same way as other professional tours do,' explained Martin.
The venue for the Tour Championship is the Leopard Creek Golf Course. The course, which borders the Kruger National Park, was designed by arguably South Africa's greatest sportsman, Gary Player.
'It is one of the best golf courses in terms of its design, maintenance and playability,' said Martin. 'It will prove a very tough test to the country's best players,' he added.