Sunshine Tour

New dates set for 2021 Sunshine Ladies Tour season

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The Sunshine Ladies Tour announced its revised schedule for the 2021 season, which is scheduled to get underway in April.

The Sunshine Ladies Tour, which was scheduled to get underway in February, was postponed following the rise of Covid-19 cases in South Africa.

"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," said Sunshine Ladies Tour General Manager, Pauli van Meersbergen.

"Our amazing sponsors, partners and host venues embraced this decision and we are excited to announce the new dates, starting in April." 

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 Mother 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 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 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 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. 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 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 South African Women's Open.

Margie Whitehouse, chair of the Women's Professional Golf Association, said: "We are very pleased for all the competitors that the 2021 season is going ahead.

"We look forward to seeing our top talents in action, to welcome the international campaigners to our shores and to offer our new crop of rookies and the young amateurs coming through the ranks a fantastic opportunity to gain invaluable experience to further their careers."

2021 Sunshine Ladies Tour Schedule:

7-9 April - Cape Town Ladies Open at Royal Cape Golf Club

14-16 April - Jabra Ladies Classic at Glendower Golf Club

21-23 April -  SuperSport Ladies Challenge at Gary Player Country Club   

28-30 April - Joburg Ladies Open at Soweto Country Club   

7-9 May -  Dimension Data Ladies Pro-Am at George Golf Club and Fancourt

13-16 May - Investec South African Women's Open at Westlake Golf Club

- Sunshine Ladies Tour

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