Kingston to defend SA Senior Open crown 

James Kingston at the 2019 SA Senior Open
Published: April 6th, 2021

Kingston to defend SA Senior Open crown in Plett

The Sunshine Senior Tour (SST) officially announced the return of the SA Senior Open, which will once again be hosted by Bitou Municipality.

The SA Senior Open has emerged amidst the ashes of the Coronavirus pandemic, and will take place for the fourth time on the magnificent golf course of the Plettenberg Bay Country Club from 6 to 9 April 2021. The event is the highlight for professional golfers in South Africa over 50, and is a welcome return following the cancelation of the event in 2020.

James Kingston will return to defend the title he won in 2019, who won the tournament with a score of 280 – a superb performance with a nine-shot victory.  James has won 11 times on the Sunshine Tour, four times on the Asian Tour, twice on the European Tour and has three Senior Tour titles to his name.

James Kingston at the 2019 SA Senior Open
James Kingston takes the silverware at the 2019 SA Senior Open

Even though Mark McNulty, who has won the SA Open twice will not be participating, a strong field of 65 senior professionals will be competing for the Denis Hutchinson SA Senior Open trophy over four days of golf. The first two days will be supported by a complement of 126 amateurs in a Pro-Am.

Although spectators will be sorely missed due to the Covid-19 level 1 restrictions, fans can follow the action through updates on the Sunshine Senior Tour Facebook page and through a post-event highlights clip on Supersport.

The Plettenberg Bay Country Club golf course is in top condition and the management and members are proud of its playability and are honoured to be hosting this event at the jewel of the Garden Route.

Funded by the Bitou Municipality, Mayor Mismboti Peter Lobese, believes that the tournament will provide a timely economic boost to the Plett hospitality industry that has struggled due to the pandemic. The event provides the perfect opportunity to showcase that the area is safe for travel and is the perfect opportunity to showcase the destination’s world class natural assets. The event will also help raise funds for the Mayoral Bursary Fund which was established to support disadvantaged students wanting to enrol for tertiary education.

Also backing the event is Plett Tourism and CEO Patty Butterworth says that their #SafeTravels campaign has been reinforcing safety protocols with local businesses to encourage safe holidays for the community and visitors.

SST Chief Operations Officer, Neville Clarke, described his delight at the continued support from the Bitou Municipality, “We are very happy to once again have the Bitou Municipality hosting us in this beautiful region and on this great golf course. The event has become the highlight of the SST calendar and we cannot wait for it to start.”

Lastly, the event will also support The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) to support their conservation efforts. The Tour provides a portion of the prize fund as well as raises awareness for the local endangered species at each event.

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 the conservation efforts in the region a tournament is held.