Dates set for the Sunshine Senior Tour’s flagship event
The Sunshine Senior Tour have announced that the SA Senior Open hosted by Bitou Municipality, South Africa’s most prestigious senior golfing event, will take place from the 2nd to the 5th of October 2018.
Having previously hosted the event in April 2017, the change was made to align with the school holidays, with large numbers of families making their way down to Plettenberg Bay. The locals and holiday goers will be in for a treat as the golfing action will be open to all spectators for free, allowing nostalgic golfing fans and aspirational youngsters the chance to witness some first class golf at close quarters.
Set to be held at the gorgeous Plettenberg Bay Country Club, that is situated on a private nature reserve, a field of 60 senior professional golfers will be led by defending champion Mark McNulty who recorded a wire to wire victory in 2017. This may be a last chance for many golfers hoping to win the event, as the likes of Ernie Els and Retief Goosen turn 50 in 2019, and if they participate, will surely be favourites for the coming years.
On aiming to defend his title in 2018, Mark McNulty said, “At last year’s SA Senior Open, I was blessed with having all aspects of my game working extremely well. Winning the event was a thrill and I look forward to returning to Plettenberg Bay CC to defend my title. It will be great to see some old friends and meet some of our newer pros on tour.”
About the Sunshine Senior Tour
The newly branded Sunshine Senior Tour, has resulted between a partnership with the SA Senior Tour and the Sunshine Tour, under a license agreement for professional members aged 50 and older in South Africa. The tour structure aims to provide a competitive tournament schedule to accommodate the membership and grow senior professional golf in SA.
In 2017, a partnership was formed with the Endangered Wildlife Trust in which a percentage of the total prize fund is donated to support a specific endangered animal in the region a tournament is held. This will continue and the Humpback Dolphin will again be the deserving recipient.