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NEW DATES SET FOR SUNSHINE LADIES TOUR SEASON

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The Sunshine Ladies Tour has announced its revised schedule for the 2021 season and will launch in April with a bumper run of six events, including an exciting format change for the season finale Investec South African Women’s Open.

“While the country was still in the throes of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in January, we took a decision for the safety of our players to postpone the start of our eighth season. Our amazing sponsors, partners and host venues embraced this decision and we are excited to announce the new dates, starting in April,” said Sunshine Ladies Tour General Manager Pauli van Meersbergen.

The Cape Town Ladies Open will kick off the season at Royal Cape Golf Club from 7-9 April.

Over the next four weeks, the tour will travel to Gauteng, Sun City and the Garden Route before returning to the  other City for the season-finale.

The Jabra Ladies Classic celebrates its third season on the Sunshine Ladies Tour at Glendower Golf Club from 14-16 April, followed by the SuperSport Ladies Challenge presented by Sun International at the Gary Player Country Club from 21-23 April.

The sixth Joburg Ladies Open returns to its home at Soweto Country Club from 28-30 April and the annual Dimension Data Ladies Pro-Am – played concurrently with the Sunshine Tour’s Challenge Tour co-sanctioned Dimension Data Pro-Am – takes place from 7-9 May in George, before the tour circles back to the Mother City for the final showpiece.

“The Investec South African Women’s Open will once again be co-sanctioned with the Ladies European Tour,” Van Meersbergen added.

“Our flagship event will carry a prize fund of €200 000 (approximately R3.6 million) and Westlake Golf Club will host the event for a fourth consecutive year from 13-16 May. We are excited to announce that, for the first time on the Sunshine Ladies Tour, the tournament will be decided over 72 holes.

“We may be starting later than originally planned, but we are delighted to offer our members nearly R6 million in prize money, some exciting incentives and the race to the Investec Order of Merit bonus prize of R100 000.”

The 2021 Investec Order of Merit is based on a points system and the race for glory commences at the Cape Town Ladies Open and wraps up with the Investec South African Women’s Open.

2021 SUNSHINE LADIES TOUR REVISED SCHEDULE

April 7-9: Cape Town Ladies Open – R200 000 Royal Cape GC

April 14-16: Jabra Ladies Classic – R600 000 Glendower GC

April 21-23: SuperSport Ladies Challenge presented by Sun International – R400 000 Gary Player CC

April 28-30: Joburg Ladies Open – R500 000 Soweto CC

May 7-9: Dimension Data Ladies Pro-Am – R600 000 (R100 000 Better Ball Pro-Am)

May 13-16: Investec South African Women’s Open – €200 000 Westlake GC

Written by Garrin Lambley

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