After a number of exciting matchups so far during the lockdown, the Sunshine Tour will now introduce a virtual professional knockout competition.
For the past four weeks, the Sunshine Tour has initiated exciting virtual matches between male and female pros and this coming weekend will see a total of eight golfers go at it for the VST Knockout, which will be powered by the Gauteng Provincial Government.
The Soweto Country Club will play virtual host to the event with Saturday kicking off four exciting clashes before the winners from those matches will move onto the semifinal and final come Sunday.
Every match will also be live streamed by the Sunshine Tour on their YouTube, Facebook and Twitch channels for fans to be apart of this historic occasion.
‘We are extremely excited about this next phase of the Virtual Sunshine Tour. This is part of our greater strategy to engage with and reach a new audience on platforms where they wouldn’t normally consume golf,’ Thomas Abt, the Deputy Commissioner of the Sunshine Tour, said at the virtual launch of the tournament on Thursday.
Action on both days will get under way at 12:00, while Sunday’s final will start at 15:00 with a winner’s cheque of R3 000 up for grabs.
‘It has been extremely difficult to have no opportunity to play live golf, and this has been a challenging time for all of us in South African golf. As a Tour, our foremost priority is to give our member players the chance to earn a living, and we cannot do that at this time. We also need to give our sponsors value during this time. So we’ve had to reinvent ourselves somewhat, and the Virtual Sunshine Tour has definitely gained momentum.
‘No other professional sport that we know of in South Africa has had this kind of consistent virtual presence during lockdown, so we are very proud of what we’ve achieved this far. This tournament is another important step in that growth,’ added Abt.
VST Knockout powered by Gauteng Provincial Government Match Schedule:
Saturday 6 June
VST Match 1: Thabiso Ngcobo vs Dwayne Basson (12:00 – 13:00)
VST Match 2: Dylan Mostert vs Nikhil Rama (13:30 – 14:30)
VST Match 3: Casandra Hall vs Oliver Bekker (15:00 – 16:00)
VST Match 4: Heinrich Bruiners vs Lejan Lewthwaite (16:30 – 17:30)
Sunday 7 June
VST Semi-Final 1 (12:00 – 13:00)
VST Semi-Final 2 (13:30 – 14:30)
VST Final (15:00 – 16:00)
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