The Limpopo Championship co-sanctioned with the European Challenge Tour returns to Euphoria Golf and Lifestyle Estate while also making its debut at Koro Creek Bushveld Golf Estate, and Sunshine Tour player Neil Schietekat says he canâ€™t wait to get going when the tournament tees off on Thursday.
â€œIâ€™ve played well here (Euphoria) and last year I think I was there and about, finished top 10, I think,â€ said Schietekat on Tuesday. â€œI like it here. Iâ€™ve done well here in the Vodacom Origins events and Iâ€™ve always played half-decently around here so Iâ€™m excited for the week.â€
He came in in a share of ninth in the inaugural tournament here and he knows what aspects of oneâ€™s game should be on song in order to score well around the Euphoria layout.
â€œHere, youâ€™ve got to drive it very well,â€ he says, â€œand because itâ€™s a long golf course, you donâ€™t really have many opportunities for birdie, so when you do get a birdie opportunity, you make those putts or you will be punished. I presume thatâ€™s what Iâ€™ve done in the past couple of years. My putter has been a bit quiet over the last couple of weeks and Iâ€™m excited to get it warmed up this week.â€
The second edition of the Limpopo Championship is among the three Sunshine Tour events which are now set to be co-sanctioned with the Challenge Tour and Limpopo Tourism Chief Executive Officer, Sonto Ndlovu, is just as excited as the players are for this tournament.
â€œItâ€™s bigger and better,â€ she says. â€œand the partnership with the Challenge Tour is massive. Most of these players have never been to Limpopo and this is their opportunity to enjoy what we have to offer.Â So, we are excited to have such a big field this year and we know that they will all enjoy our province.â€
Making this event even bigger, the final two rounds will be streamed live on the Sunshine Tour Facebook page.