TSHWANE — The Sunshine Tour on Monday announced an exciting new playing opportunity for their members with the launch of the ISPS Handa South African Matchplay Championship to be played at Zwartkop Country Club in Centurion from October 29 to November 4.
A matchplay tournament has been absent from South Africa’s major golf tour for about 25 years and Sunshine Tour executive director Selwyn Nathan said he was delighted to reintroduce the head-to-head golfing contest on the schedule.
“It was almost 25 years ago that the last matchplay tournament was played, at Sun City, and we are thrilled to have it back on the schedule. It’s such an exciting format and the players don’t often get the chance to experience it in tournament play once they turn professional,” Nathan said in Sandton on Monday at the launch of the event.
The tournament has been made possible by the support of ISPS — the International Sports Promotion Society — which was set up by Japanese philanthropist Haruhisa Handa to support charitable causes throughout the sporting world.