The Sunshine Tour has launched an exciting new initiative as part of its transformation drive and will be helping to develop golf rules officials that in turn can also strengthen the Tourâ€™s base of officials working at tournaments around the country.
The Tour launched this new initiative at this weekâ€™s SunBet Challenge hosted by Time Square Casino at Wingate Park Country Club, where an aspiring rules official with a minimum Rules of Golf Level 2 qualification will shadow a Sunshine Tour rules official under tournament conditions and to gain experience.
Johannes Mnyandu, an employee with the Department of Public Works who also plays for the Gauteng North Golf Unionâ€™s Mid-Amateur Interprovincial team and is a member at Akasia Golf Club, will shadow Sunshine Tour Chief Referee, Reinard Kilian, at Wingate this week.
â€œThe aim of this initiative is twofold, namely to help with the transformation of our industry as well as grow the base of part-time Sunshine Tour rules officials that we can call upon at our tournaments around the country. There is a strong base of part-time rules officials who currently work in golf administration or are very competent golfers, and weâ€™d like to assist in upskilling them to a level where they can be an asset to the Sunshine Tour and our member professionals,â€ said Kilian.
Photo: Johannes Mnyandu (left) and Sunshine Tour Chief Referee Reinard Kilian at this week’s SunBet Challenge hosted by Time Square Casino at Wingate Park Country Club. Credit: Tyrone Winfield/Sunshine Tour.