Leading technology company Altron will be the new title sponsor of the Big Easy Tour, the official development tour of the Sunshine Tour.
The sponsorship is part of a substantial investment in the next generation of South African professional golf talent, including more tournaments and greater prize money.
The Altron Big Easy Tour will feature 10 tournaments in a schedule running from May to September, and which will also include record prize money for the final two tournaments of the season.
The prize money for each 36-hole tournament will be R150,000, which is an increase of R50,000 per tournament from the 2021 season. But the final two tournaments of the season – The Playoff and The Final to be played over 54 holes – will offer record prize money for the Tour of R250,000 and R300,000, respectively.
“We are delighted to announce this new era for the Altron Big Easy Tour which represents significant growth for our main development tour, and which offers incredible playing opportunities for those golfers wishing to graduate to the Sunshine Tour,” said Thomas Abt, commissioner of the Sunshine Tour.
“The Altron Big Easy Tour is the first step that an aspiring South African professional golfer will take on the global pathway that includes the Sunshine Tour and our associations with the Challenge Tour and DP World Tour.”
Matthew Klaas, acting managing director of Altron Systems Integration, said: “As Altron, we are passionate about our communities and the potential of all our people. We are, therefore, proud to be able to create the opportunity for a rising young South African professional golfer to be able to aspire to a place on the Sunshine Tour and a successful career in the game.”
The Playoff will feature the top 50 players on the Altron Big Easy Tour Order of Merit competing for R250,000 in prize money.
The top 30 players on the Order of Merit after The Playoff will qualify for The Final during which they will compete for R300,000 in prize money.
All of the tournaments will be played in Gauteng.
The Big Easy Tour was founded in 2011 with support from Ernie Els and counts current international star Christiaan Bezuidenhout among its former Order of Merit winners.