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12th February 2023

Limpopo Championship celebrates its Big 5 history

The fifth edition of the Sunshine Tour’s Limpopo Championship hosted by the Limpopo Tourism Agency is expected to be one of the most memorable in the history of this tournament when it is played at the popular Euphoria Golf and Lifestyle Estate from 30 March to 2 April.

A total prize fund of R2 million will once again attract a full field of professionals to an event that has in the past featured Sunshine Tour, European Challenge Tour and DP World Tour campaigners challenging for glory.

The Limpopo Championship boasts a strong list of past champions, including multiple DP World Tour winner Brandon Stone, and JC Ritchie, now a DP World Tour campaigner and the only player to have won this title twice in 2019 and 2020.

The country’s other stars such as Wilco Nienaber, Oliver Bekker, Daniel van Tonder and Hennie du Plessis have also all finished runner-up here over the years.

Such has been the stronghold South African golfers have had on a tournament that remains close to their hearts as it is played in the magnificent Limpopo bushveld that Poland’s Mateusz Gradecki remains the only international winner with his three-stroke triumph here in 2022.

Andrew Dipela, the LTA Chairman, said: “This prestigious tournament is a catalyst for Limpopo’s destination marketing and tourism growth. It anchored the tourism industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, creates much-needed local jobs, attracts significant economic investment, and supports community development.”

Tournament organisers are this year preparing for an even greater influx of spectators with a week-long programme that will include a VIP hospitality area, live entertainment and even a pool party, all while showcasing the natural wonders of the Limpopo Province and its unique culture.

Moses Ngobeni, LTA CEO, said: “The Limpopo Tourism Agency is extremely proud of this tournament and its positioning of Limpopo and the Waterberg District as a sought-after golf destination.”

Thomas Abt, Commissioner of the Sunshine Tour, said: “We are delighted to be visiting Limpopo once again for an event that has become an important part of the Sunshine Tour calendar. The Limpopo Tourism Agency has done immense work in growing the game of golf in the Waterberg District, and using this tournament to grow tourism in the whole province. We are proud to support this process.”