The new Blair Atholl Championship will tee off a strong buildup to the main summer schedule of the Sunshine Tour.
The Tour’s finest professionals and two of the country’s leading amateurs are set to gather at the prestigious Gary Player-designed golf course this week.
The R1.25-million tournament begins on Thursday and finishes on Sunday, marking the first time this iconic golf course designed by the legendary Black Knight hosts a tournament on the Sunshine Tour.
The 72-hole tournament heralds the start of the buildup to the summer schedule, culminating in the European Tour co-sanctioned tournaments at the end of this year.
Apart from the traditionally strong Sunshine Tour field taking part, the tournament will also feature South Africa’s No 1-ranked amateur Christiaan Maas, and Christiaan Burke, a three-time winner on the GolfRSA amateur calendar in the past three months, who have both been invited to compete.
“We’re very excited to welcome the Blair Atholl Golf & Equestrian Estate to our schedule, as well as The Courier Guy as the headline sponsor of this week’s tournament, and to be able to add to our schedule and give our professionals more playing opportunities as they prepare for the upcoming summer,” said Thomas Abt, commissioner of the Sunshine Tour.
“We’ve been working hard with all concerned at Blair Atholl for many years now to finally bring a major Sunshine Tour event to a magnificent golf course built by Gary Player on what was his beloved farm for many years. I’m very proud that we have reached this milestone and thank all concerned for helping to make this dream a reality for us.”
The Blair Atholl golf course has established itself as one of the finest creations in the impressive worldwide stable of Gary Player golf course designs. As one of the longest golf courses Player has ever designed, it promises to provide a stern test as a true championship layout.
“Gary Player spent over 20 years planning and designing what is today an unparalleled golf course at the heart of an unparalleled living experience on our estate,” said Paul Marks, director of golf at Blair Atholl Golf & Equestrian Estate. “It is an absolute privilege for us to now be able to welcome Southern Africa’s professionals to our championship course, and we’re very proud to take up our place on the calendar of the Sunshine Tour.”
The tournament provides another vital playing opportunity for the Sunshine Tour’s professionals and their caddies as the Tour continues with its growth strategy following the effects of the Covid-19 hard lockdown in 2020.
The Blair Atholl Championship is the fifth new tournament to be added to the Sunshine Tour schedule this year.