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15th May 2023

Statement on the passing of Brian Henning

The Sunshine Tour is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Brian Henning, a man who stood as the cornerstone upon which the Sunshine Tour was built and a pioneer of the success it now enjoys.

Brian was instrumental in the founding of the Sunshine Tour and served as our first Commissioner.

He worked tirelessly to grow the Sunshine Tour, and to this end convinced some of the world’s leading professional golfers to compete here in the early days of the Tour, including Tom Weiskopf, Lee Trevino, Hale Irwin, Lanny Wadkins and Lee Elder.

Brian was himself a competent professional golfer and hailed from the famous family of Henning brothers including Harold, Allan and Graham, and who all played the game professionally.

But it was in the administration of professional touring golf that Brian found his true calling and passion.

Having established the Sunshine Tour, Brian emigrated to the United States and worked with Deane Beman in founding the extremely successful senior tour there, now called the PGA Tour Champions.

Brian’s contribution to the Sunshine Tour has been invaluable, and his contribution to professional golf is another proud moment in the history of the South African game.