The new Sunshine Tour Transformation Class aims to provide a sustainable solution to the development of the professional careers of historically disadvantaged golfers and promote greater inclusion in the game.
The Sunshine Tour Transformation Class for the 2022-23 season will include 59 golfers who qualified by virtue of their performances during the previous Sunshine Tour season, the recent Sunshine Tour Qualifying School and Altron Vusi Ngubeni Tournament, and on the IGT Tour. The Sunshine Tour Transformation Class will be re-evaluated every season.
The members of the 2022-23 Sunshine Tour Transformation Class will receive monthly financial assistance towards their tournament golf expenses. Their membership and tournament entry fees for the Sunshine Tour and Altron Big Easy Tour will also be fully paid for. They will receive access to quality coaching, golf courses, gyms and fitness instructors at the World of Golf. TaylorMade and Cobra Puma Golf will provide them with equipment and apparel. They will also have access to a sports psychologist and career counseling.
Members of the Sunshine Tour Transformation Class who are interested in working in the golf industry will be enrolled with the PGA of South Africa to begin the qualification to become recognised PGA Professionals.
“We are delighted to launch the Sunshine Tour Transformation Class at the start of our new season, and with the incredible support of our partners Investec, Betway, VAT It and Credit Guarantee,” said Ludwick Manyama, the head of transformation for the Sunshine Tour.
“The Sunshine Tour has a longstanding commitment to the development of historically disadvantaged professionals as can be seen from the previous programmes we have put in place on the Tour. All of these programmes have helped us to build towards this new Sunshine Tour Transformation Class which, thanks to our partners, gives us a highly effective transformation solution for professional golf.”
The 2022-23 Sunshine Tour Transformation Class
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