27th September 2023

Sir Michael Bonallack

The Sunshine Tour is deeply saddened by the passing of Sir Michael Bonallack, a man who lived his life with a passion and reverence for the great game of golf.

Sir Michael left an indelible footprint on not only the game he so dearly loved and played at such a high level, but more importantly on its people whose lives he touched through a life steeped in golf.

He served the game with a passion to see it grow and thrive around the world, and with a calmness in leadership that also made him one of the finest and most trusted administrators in the history of our game.

Sir Michael was a beloved member of the wider Sunshine Tour family.

He was a wonderful player, an excellent administrator and most importantly a true friend of golf.

A giant of our game has left us.


28th August 2023

Kruyswijk breaks through on Challenge Tour

Jacques Kruyswijk birdied his final two holes to claim a maiden European Challenge Tour title at the Dormy Open.

Round four in Sweden was cancelled due to the weather conditions, meaning the tournament would be decided after 54 holes.

The South African was one of a number of competitors who returned to Askersunds Golfklubb on Sunday to complete their third rounds after play was suspended due to heavy rain on Saturday.

With just three holes left to complete, the 30-year-old was two strokes behind overnight leader Aron Zemmer. But after the Italian dropped two strokes, Kruyswijk finished par-birdie-birdie to claim the title by two shots as he signed for a four under par 63 and a nine under total.

“Ecstatic. That’s the only word I can think of,” said Kruyswijk. “It’s been a long week for all of the players. We’ve had so much rain, the course was flooded and last night I knew I had some work to do, I was prepared to play 20 holes. I was thinking to just get into the clubhouse with a score but I played 17 fantastically and played 18 unbelievably. I’m very happy with my finish.”

“The 18th was solid, 4-iron down the middle of the fairway. I had 182 (yards) to the flag and my caddie said let’s just hit a full shot into the flag. So, I hit a 7-iron which finished around a metre from the hole. I was a little nervous around that last one, it’s not a gimme but managed to go in the middle of the cup so I’m very happy.”

A three-time winner on the Sunshine Tour, with his last victory coming just a fortnight ago at the Vodacom Origins of Golf at Zebula, Kruyswijk has now set his sights on a return to the DP World Tour at the end of the season.

“Any win is always big but for me to get over the line in Europe has always been a big thing for me,” he added. “I’ve had a few wins in South Africa and haven’t been able to get over the line in Europe. This means a lot; I’ve had double knee surgery last year which has put me back. Obviously, my confidence was at an all-time low the last couple of months and to be able to see the hard work of my team payoff is unbelievable.”

“I always go on my knees and thank my lord and saviour for everything he is doing for me, without him, nothing is possible. It means the world, to win in Europe and on the Challenge Tour means I can take it to the next step and win on the DP World Tour, I’ve been playing there the last six years and haven’t been able to get the win so hopefully this is some added confidence going forward.”

With his victory, Kruyswijk climbed 256 places on the Road to Mallorca Rankings up to 47th. Frenchman Ugo Coussaud moved up to second on the season-long standings after his runner-up finish.


12th August 2023

Bruiners chasing Vodacom Origins glory

Playing golf in South Africa’s northern-most province seems to agree with Heinrich Bruiners as he will go into the final round of the Vodacom Origins of Golf at Zebula Country Club in pole position to claim his second Sunshine Tour title, 10 years after his first victory also came in Limpopo.

Bruiners completed back-to-back 67s on Saturday to post a 10-under-par total after two rounds, and he will take a one-shot lead into Sunday’s final round. His previous victory was also in the Vodacom Origins of Golf series, in the 2013 event played at nearby Euphoria Golf Estate in Mookgophong.

“I don’t know if it’s something in the air or being in the bush, but my first top-five was also in Limpopo and I was in the top-three after two rounds of a Challenge Tour event up here as well, but unfortunately I was sick over the weekend.

“So it will be really nice to get over the line again having had 10 years to grow and mature as a person. Technically I’m in a much better space having changed equipment ahead of this tournament and feeling more comfortable with a more natural ball-flight. I felt like I was fighting my natural ball-flight before.

“And mentally I feel ready as well. I know everyone is going to come hard in the final round and level-par is not going to be good enough, so I will just stay positive and use a gameplan that gives me lots of opportunities. But I will be quite happy just to take it all in. I’m quite comfortable with whatever the outcome will be,” Bruiners said.

For the second day in succession, Bruiners was sublime over the back nine, where he started his round on Saturday. Having come home in 32 strokes in the first round, he went one better in the second round by going out in 31 with birdies on the 10th, 11th, 14th, 15th and 18th holes.

On Saturday the 35-year-old came home in level-par, with three bogies cancelling out three birdies on the front nine.

There are four golfers just one stroke behind Bruiners. Jason Smith, Trevor Fisher Jnr and Pieter Moolman all fired 65s on Saturday to climb to nine-under-par for the tournament, alongside 26-year-old Jovan Rebula who signed for a 68.

Then three other golfers – Jacques Kruiswijk, Neil Schietekat and Gerhard Pepler – are on eight-under-par, having all shot 68s on Saturday.

With the presence of Sunshine Ladies Tour professionals competing with the men in the same tournament for the same prizemoney for the first time in Sunshine Tour history, Cara Gorlei is still the leading women’s golfer. She slipped down the leaderboard, however, in the second round, with her 74 taking her from tied-second to tied-31st on three-under.


134 – Heinrich Bruiners 67 67

135 – Trevor Fisher Jnr 70 65, Pieter Moolman 70 65, Jovan Rebula 67 68, Jason Smith 70 65

136 – Neil Schietekat 68 68, Jacques Kruyswijk 68 68, Gerhard Pepler 68 68

137 – Lyle Rowe 68 69, LB Boshoff 70 67, Jonathan Broomhead 66 71

138 – Keelan van Wyk 68 70, Kyle Barker 69 69, James Hart du Preez 72 66, Ricky Hendler 68 70

139 – Hunter Epson 66 73, Madalitso Muthiya 68 71, Jean Hugo 70 69, Daniel van Tonder 74 65, Nikhil Rama 69 70, Jake Roos 70 69, James Mack 70 69, Jack Hawksby 69 70, Luca Filippi 69 70, Robin Williams 72 67, Christiaan Basson 72 67

140 – Ryan Van Velzen 68 72, Adam Breen 70 70, Keegan Mclachlan 74 66, Dylan Naidoo 70 70

141 – Jared Harvey 70 71, Hennie Otto 72 69, Cara Gorlei 67 74, Kieron van Wyk 69 72, Stefan Wears-Taylor 68 73, Yurav Premlall 71 70, Dan Erickson 71 70, Jason Roets 74 67, Franklin Manchest 74 67, Louis Albertse 71 70, Francois Van der Walt 70 71

142 – Sean Bradley 70 72, Peter Karmis 71 71, Robson Chinhoi 73 69, Quintin Wilsnach 72 70, Reinhardt Blaauw 71 71, Rourke van der Spuy 72 70, Estiaan Conradie 66 76, Vaughn van Deventer 70 72

143 – DK Kim 73 70, Chris Cannon 71 72, Gerhard Trytsman 72 71, Merrick Bremner 74 69, Luke Brown 70 73, Toto Thimba Jnr 70 73, Albert Venter 73 70, David Wicks 72 71, Gerard du Plooy 73 70, Aneurin Gounden 68 75, Combrinck Smit 75 68, Anthony Michael 72 71, Kyle McClatchie 71 72

Missed the cut:-

144 – Riekus Nortje 70 74, Jacques Blaauw 72 72, Wynand Dingle 69 75, Wade Jacobs 69 75, Luke Jerling 72 72, Richard Joubert 72 72, Musiwalo Nethunzwi 74 70, Jonathan Waschefort 73 71

145 – Jaco Van Zyl 75 70, Rupert Kaminski 72 73, Tyron Davidowitz 73 72, Allister de Kock 79 66, Michael Kok 72 73, Erhard Lambrechts 70 75, Tumelo Molloyi 73 72, Hennie O’Kennedy 73 72, Clancy Waugh 74 71

146 – Martin Rohwer 71 75, Karabo Mokoena 70 76, Callum Mowat 76 70, Keagan Thomas 71 75

147 – Dylan Mostert 76 71, Thabang Simon 73 74, Malcolm Mitchell 74 73, Ruan Conradie 74 73, Sentanio Minnie 74 73, Brandon Smith 72 75, Danie Van Niekerk 75 72, Leon Visser 74 73

148 – Conner Mackenzie 74 74, Fredrik From 75 73, Ruan Korb 69 79, Stuart Krog 73 75, Willie Olivier 71 77, Ulrich van den Berg 75 73

149 – Sean Cronje 77 72, Tristen Strydom 75 74, Jacques P de Villiers 73 76, CJ du Plessis 73 76, Jastice Mashego 75 74

150 – Adriel Poonan 74 76, Deon Germishuys 75 75, Alphius Kelapile 78 72, Ethan Smith 78 72, Luke Trocado 74 76

151 – Gregory Mckay 78 73, Jordan Duminy 72 79

152 – Brittney-Fay Berger 78 74, Nicholaus Frade 78 74, Makhetha Mazibuko 82 70, Siyanda Mwandla 78 74, James Pennington 75 77, Nadia van der Westhuizen 75 77, Rhys West 76 76

153 – Larissa Du Preez 78 75, Tristin Galant 75 78, Drikus Joubert 75 78, Ryan Tipping 79 74

154 – Ruan de Smidt 78 76

155 – Marcel Steyn Scholtz 77 78, Tandi McCallum 78 77

158 – Irvin Mazibuko 77 81

159 – Slenda Sithebe 80 79171 – Christiaan Burke 87 84


2nd August 2023

Enterprise Rent-A-Car South Africa and Sunshine Tour announce partnership

Enterprise Rent-A-Car South Africa is the new official car rental partner for the Sunshine Tour, providing its professionals, officials and fans with a world-class and trusted travel partner on their journeys throughout Southern Africa.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the latest addition to the country’s car rental market, was launched by the Woodford Group in South Africa in May 2023. The company’s commitment to offering a wide range of vehicles coupled with unparalleled customer service has proven popular amongst both local and international customers.

The partnership with the Sunshine Tour was a natural fit for both brands, with Enterprise franchises and affiliate brands around the world already associated with a range of golf tours and organisations, including the DP World Tour, the LPGA Tour and the PGA of America.

“This collaboration between Enterprise Rent-A-Car South Africa and the Sunshine Tour is not just about providing vehicles; it represents a shared commitment to excellence and consistency when it comes to being at the top of our game,” said Essa Ebrahim Suleman, Managing Director of Enterprise Rent-A-Car South Africa.

“International travellers and visitors to Africa will be able to appreciate the familiarity and trust associated with the Enterprise brand, while local customers who have been wanting a great alternative in car rental will be able to experience something different when following the Sunshine Tour.”

By combining world-class services and systems with an understanding of South African travel preferences, Enterprise ensures that customers’ needs are met effectively through a personalised and tailored experience that caters to the unique requirements of travellers in this country.

The partnership with the Sunshine Tour allows Enterprise to showcase its commitment to being where its customers want to be – whether for business or leisure – and further solidifies its presence in the South African market.

By aligning their values and resources, both brands will enhance the tournament experience and set new standards for the car rental industry in South Africa.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car South Africa is part of the Woodford Group – a mobility and logistics solutions provider.


31st July 2023

Statement on Distance Model Local Rule (MLR) for Elite Competitions

The Sunshine Tour will continue, as it has always done, to abide by the decisions of the R&A and USGA when it comes to the Rules of Golf and any changes to these rules.

This includes the proposed Model Local Rule related to the roll back of the golf ball to limit its distance.

The Sunshine Tour has always aligned itself with the governing bodies of golf and their shared vision to make decisions that are in the best interests of the global game.


28th July 2023

KitKat Cash and Carry supports City of Joburg relief effort

KitKat Cash and Carry, a Sunshine Tour partner and sponsor of the KitKat Cash and Carry Pro-Am, has come to the aid of the over 2 000 households affected by the explosion in Lilian Ngoyi Street (formerly Bree Street) in the Johannesburg CBD by providing much-needed food hampers for the affected residents.

The explosion that rocked the city in July left many residents displaced and without water and power.

In a bid to help the City of Joburg’s extensive relief programme, KitKat Cash and Carry has donated 200 food hampers to the emergency efforts.


22nd April 2023

Q School graduates ready for Tour journeys

The triumph and heartbreak of qualifying school was on display this week with the conclusion of the Sunshine Tour Qualifying School and the Altron Vusi Ngubeni Tournament.

Sean Cronje led the qualifiers at the final stage of the Sunshine Tour Qualifying School at Heron Banks Golf and River Resort, where the top 20 earned their tour cards.

Cronje won on 15 under par with rounds of 72-64-67-66. His nearest challengers were Gerhard Trytsman and Jonathan Broomhead on 12 under par.

“This was my second time now. It’s a very important week so it’s a lot of stress and a lot of people watching. You’ve just got to stay in the moment and just do your thing,” said Cronje.

In the Altron Vusi Ngubeni Tournament at Modderfontein Golf Club, Robin Williams and Teboho Sefatsa finished tied on eight under par after four rounds, one stroke clear of Siyanda Mwandla. Williams then took the title in the playoff. The top 12 and ties earned their tour cards.

“I had a good week at the Stella Artois Players Championship the week before. It was a very scoreable golf course there and I thought I played pretty solid. I knew if I could just continue playing that way and keep my confidence I’d have a good week here,” said Williams.


13th December 2022

Sunshine Tour pros and fans welcome Mediclinic’s event expertise

Mediclinic, an international private healthcare services group, has been appointed as an official medical services partner to the Sunshine Tour to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all Tour professionals, staff and spectators during the season.

“We are very proud to welcome Mediclinic as our partner. Mediclinic is a diversified international private healthcare services group that was founded in South Africa. At the Sunshine Tour we believe that GreatnessBeginsHere, and the global success of Mediclinic from its South African roots is testament to its own greatness in its field,” said Thomas Abt, Commissioner of the Sunshine Tour.

The partnership, which is effective until October 2023, will see Mediclinic provide medical services such as on and off-site medical doctors and emergency medical services to all Sunshine Tour events and Challenge Tour and DP World Tour co-sanctioned events played in South Africa.

Mediclinic provides a wide range of clinical services across its divisions, with recent expansion across care platforms including outpatient consultation services and pre-hospital emergency services, acute care inpatient services, and highly specialised on-site services. In addition, the team is widely recognised for their extensive experience in supporting world class sports events, and for this reason are an obvious selection for this role.

“The health and wellbeing of our players and fans is of paramount importance to the pleasurable experience at Sunshine Tour events and we’re delighted to have such a professional partner as Mediclinic ensure that it remains this way,” said Thomas Abt, Commissioner of the Sunshine Tour 

Mediclinic’s Chief Marketing Officer, Dr Biren Valodia, added that the event partnership with a premium brand such as the Sunshine Tour fits within Mediclinic’s continuum of care journey with sports medicine forming a part of their on-site expertise. “We are extremely proud to be considered the Sunshine Tour’s preferred sports medicine partner. This partnership is testament to the expertise we have built over the years,” said Valodia.


11th November 2022

Rain tops the leaderboard on day two of Nedbank Golf Challenge

SUN CITY, North West – Rain is a blessing in Africa, and “Africa’s Major” was certainly looking for a blessed celebration of its 40th anniversary. But the second round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge had to be suspended on Friday because of lightning and a waterlogged golf course.

Play was first suspended at 11:49 because of a thunderstorm, and it wasn’t able to resume as the Gary Player Country Club was soaked by consistent rain throughout the afternoon.

The second round will resume at 7:45am on Saturday, with the third round to follow after its completion.

New Zealander Ryan Fox and England’s Luke Donald are currently tied for the lead on eight under par through three holes of their second rounds. They are two strokes clear Ross Fisher, Rasmus Højgaard and Guido Migliozzi who also have yet to complete their second rounds. Richard Sterne is currently the leading South African on three under par through 11 holes.

David Williams, the Tournament Director for the DP World Tour, said they have every intention of completing four rounds but are clearly under pressure from the weather.

“We’ll restart at 7:45am everywhere on the golf course and they’ll finish their rounds and then go straight into the third round. In that way we’re probably going to save at least two hours, and with the forecast on Saturday not looking good we need to grab every means to get as much play complete.

“Hopefully if everything goes right we might get the third round done on Saturday. A lot of it is up in the air and we’ll have to see what the weather throws at us. If we get through the third round we’d certainly want to complete four rounds. The forecast is not good for the weekend so we’ll be watching it all closely and trying to make any plans we can to keep this tournament the great success that it always is.”


5th November 2022

Coetzee chasing second PGA Championship title

ST FRANCIS BAY, Eastern Cape – George Coetzee says there is no magic recipe for winning golf, but the 13-time champion on the Sunshine Tour enjoyed more than a few ounces of inspiration on Saturday as a bogey-free 67 carried him back to the top of the leaderboard after the penultimate round of the PGA Championship at the St Francis Links.

Two birdies on the front nine and three coming in, two of them back-to-back on the 12th and 13th holes, lifted Coetzee to 11-under-par for the tournament and he is one stroke clear of Rhys West, who shot a 68.

Second-round leader Casey Jarvis posted a 71 on Saturday and is on nine-under-par, together with Stefan Wears-Taylor (67), Jake Redman (68) and Hennie Otto (69).

“It wasn’t really my plan to not get any bogeys, I just wanted to play good golf,” Coetzee said. “This course has some teeth and you have to pick those parts where you can be aggressive and where you can’t be aggressive.

“I think I balanced that out quite well, I made pars on the tough holes and birdies on some of the easier holes. Being experienced is more about what you do than what you know.

“But it does help that I am more conservative on a course that I don’t know that well, I kind of stick to how the course wants me to play.

“I think only Tiger Woods really knew how to win, the rest of us are all learning as we go along. I’ve won a few tournaments, but there’s no pattern to it, no magic recipe,” Coetzee said.

Overnight leader Jarvis had two eagles on the front nine, on the par-five third and then holing out with his second on the par-four fifth hole, but after a double-bogey six on the par-four 15th he surrendered the lead to Coetzee.

There are also four golfers on seven-under-par who will be chasing after glory in the final round on Sunday – last week’s winner of the Vodacom Origins of Golf final Combrinck Smit (66), Luke Jerling (67), Peter Karmis (67) and Martin Vorster (71).

But after all the titles he has won, including the Vodacom Origins of Golf Series event at De Zalze in August, the 36-year-old Coetzee has clear aims for the final round.

“I will just be trying to make good decisions, try to play decent golf and be excited about playing under pressure,” Coetzee said.