Tee off to support Cansa

2017-01-24 06:01
 Ernie Els and Gary van Loggerenberg (Sanlam sponsorship manager) late last year at Oubaai Golf Estate. PHOTO: Luke Walker / SPORTZPICS

Ernie Els and Gary van Loggerenberg (Sanlam sponsorship manager) late last year at Oubaai Golf Estate. PHOTO: Luke Walker / SPORTZPICS

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This year sees the 25th anniversary of the Sanlam Cancer Challenge and the fight against cancer continues with the Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa).

This popular golf tournament is a favourite among players of all levels and last year raised a record of over R4m for cancer research and education.

The tournament is growing in stature with each passing year, and Champion of Hope Ernie Els continues to inspire everyone involved with his personal recorded message played at the finals each year.

“The tournament just seems to grow and we have some exciting new initiatives planned for this year,” says Sanlam sponsorship manager, Gary van Loggerenberg. “With club and regional finals last year we had around 40 000 golfers from South Africa and neighbouring countries trying to make their way to Sun City.”

Last year Louise Olivier from Bellville won the C division and overall women’s division with Parow golfer Kim Uytenbogaard winning the B division.

It is expected that thousands of golfers around the country will again do their bit for cancer and enter the various qualifying tournaments.

Entries open on Monday for the club competitions and close at the end of March, with club competitions to be played from 1 March until the end of June.

The regional finals will be played between Saturday 1 July and Saturday 12 August.

The eagerly awaited finals for the 100 lucky finalists will be played at Sun City on Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 October. A stern test awaits the players on the Lost City and perfectly manicured Gary Player courses.

The winners will be invited by Ernie Els to play a round of golf with him at Oubaai which the four-time major winner designed himself.

The tournament has raised more than R40m since its inception in 1993.

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