17th January 2018 | Sunshine Ladies Tour
Canon SA bolsters Sunshine Ladies Tour
Canon South Africa has bolstered its support for the Sunshine Ladies Tour as the title sponsor of the season opening Canon Ladies Tshwane Open at Pretoria Country Club from 23-25 January.
â€œWe are thrilled to help bring to fruition the fifth season of the prestigious Sunshine Ladies Tour and contribute to the sustainability of womenâ€™s golf in South Africa,â€ said Dana Eitzen, Corporate and Marketing Communications Executive from Canon South Africa.
â€œThe Sunshine Ladies Tour has grown tremendously since 2014 to become the countryâ€™s most illustrious womenâ€™s golf circuit, attracting a high calibre of talent from South Africa and abroad.
â€œIt is heartening to see the tremendous and growing enthusiasm for womenâ€™s golf in South Africa. We feel privileged to be part of it once again.â€
Canon South Africa first became associated with the Sunshine Ladies Tour, sponsored by Canon, in 2017, but the company has a proud legacy of supporting South African golf. Canon South Africa was the headline sponsor of the Canon South Africa Disabled Golf Open in 2017 and will continue to support Africaâ€™s premier disabled golf championship in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Canon South Africa also sponsors the South African Disabled Golf Associationâ€™s (SADGA) First Swing Program, a development programme for children with disabilities.
The Sunshine Ladies Tour was launched to sustain the future of playing professionals in South Africa and the continued growth of womenâ€™s golf in the region.
The first season featured eight events with prize money of just over R1-million. By 2017, the total bounty was just short of R4-million, with the top ten ranked professionals vying for a R1-million bonus pool. This year, thanks to continued backing of loyal sponsors, there is an unprecedented prize pool of nearly R4.5-million, as well as a R100Â 000 incentive prize for the Investec Property Fund Order of Merit winner.
Aside from these financial incentives, the Sunshine Ladies Tour offers female golfers the opportunity to compete against some of the very best in the world in world-class tournaments right here, on home soil.
In 2017, the Sunshine Ladies Tour nearly 50 international players, triple the number of foreigners who competed in 2016, and around 70 top South African female golfers campaigned on the local circuit.
Sunshine Tour Chief Executive Selwyn Nathan says the growing interest from players and support from sponsors indicates that womenâ€™s golf in South Africa is healthy and thriving.
â€œThe Sunshine Ladies Tour has grown tremendously over the years to become a prominent highlight on the annual golf calendar and Canon South Africa is delighted to help womenâ€™s golf go from strength to strengthâ€
The 2018 Sunshine Ladies Tour will feature seven events, starting with the Canon Ladies Tshwane Open.
South Africaâ€™s top golf exports Lee-Anne Pace, Ashleigh Buhai, Stacy Bregman and Nicole Garcia will be chasing the lionâ€™s share of the R400Â 000 purse alongside South Koreaâ€™s Carrie Park, who won the Sunshine Ladies Tour Classic sponsored by Canon, 2016 Ladies Tshwane Open winner Kiran Matharu from England, and European Tour Ladies champion Anne-Lise Caudall from France at Pretoria Country Club.
Also look out for Swazi powerhouse Nobuhle Dlamini, and two of South Africaâ€™s former top ranked amateurs, Chiara Contomathios and Texas State University graduate Lora Assad, in the season-opener from 23-25 January.