The R1.5-million Fortress Invitational will be played at the Ebotse Links from 7-9 October.
The new 54-hole televised Sunshine Tour tournament is expected to draw a quality field of youth and experience, including Albert Venter, the current Luno Order of Merit leader and two-time winner this season already, first-time winners Herman Loubser, Dylan Mostert and Anthony Michael, and rising star Jayden Schaper, who will be playing his home course.
They will join established Sunshine Tour stars such as Jaco van Zyl, Neil Schietekat, Jean Hugo, Jaco Ahlers and Hennie Otto, while Jbé Kruger – a Sunshine Tour winner at Ebotse last season – is also expected to return for this event.
The addition of the Fortress Invitational adds to the quality of high-level brands associated with the Sunshine Tour and Southern African professional golf.
“We’re very excited to announce the new Fortress Invitational as we keep growing our schedule and providing quality playing opportunities for our member professionals,” said Thomas Abt, commissioner of the Sunshine Tour.
“With the addition of the Fortress Invitational, we have now built up a very strong schedule that allows Sunshine Tour professionals to remain competitive throughout the year as they prepare for our co-sanctioned tournaments with the DP World Tour, and which in turn gives them that opportunity to take their careers to the next level.”
Fortress Real Estate is a specialist in the logistics and retail property sectors with an established in-house development track record.
Fortress focuses on developing and letting premium-grade logistics real estate in South Africa and Central and Eastern Europe, and also has a convenience and commuter-oriented retail portfolio which currently comprises 52 shopping centres.