The condensed 2021 Sunshine Ladies Tour is set to be boosted with the introduction of the Homegrown Award, which will see a South African winner of the South African Women’s Open take home an additional R100,000.
2014 saw the sponsor launch the Chase to the Investec Cup, which was inclusive of the R100,000 bonus prize for the Order of Merit winner, further entrenching their golfing presence by claiming naming rights to the South African Women’s Open, with a prize pool of €200,000.
Head of Sponsorship, Peta Dixon says that the company is committed to its values of equality, inclusion and diversity and is focused on enabling more women to thrive.
“With this in mind, we’ve added an additional prize incentive of R100,000.
“If a South African professional wins the Investec South African Women’s Open, she will win the R100,000 Investec Homegrown Award as well as her portion of the Investec South African Women’s Open prize pool.” – Investec’s Head of Sponsorship, Peta Dixon
“Simply put: If a South African professional wins the Investec South African Women’s Open, she will win the R100,000 Homegrown Award as well as her portion of the SA Open prize pool. She can of course potentially take the Investec Order of Merit too.
“Investec looks to continue promoting and backing local South African talent which is in line with our recently launched campaign of ‘Women on the rise,’ focusing on the strength of female athletes and gender equality. While there’s still a long way to go before gender pay parity in golf is a reality, we are proud of the contribution that we’re making to that cause.”
Sponsored golfers Stacy Bregman, Nicole Garcia and Lejan Lewthwaite will all be competing on the 6-tournament tour, with their eyes on the prize says Bregman: “It’s another wonderful incentive by Investec and I speak on behalf of all the pro’s when I say that we’re extremely grateful.
“Personally, I’ve worked hard throughout the off-season and lockdown because there is a lot of money at stake when factoring in the Investec Order of Merit, tournament wins and now the Investec Homegrown Award on offer at the final tournament.
“All these contribute towards a hugely competitive circuit.” – Sponsored golfer, Stacy Bregman
“All these contribute towards a hugely competitive circuit: growing our game and golfers; and we just cannot wait to tee-off.”
The eighth season of the local women’s professional circuit launches with the Cape Town Ladies Open at Royal Cape Golf Club from 7-9 April; and concludes with the ISAWO at Westlake Golf Club from 13 – 16 May 2021.
Sunshine Ladies Tour General Manager Pauli van Meersbergen: “As a partner and sponsor, Investec has made an immeasurable contribution to the Sunshine Ladies Tour since the circuit launched in 2014 and has consistently upped the ante with additional incentives to promote the development of women’s professional golf in our country.
“They have done it again with this wonderful Investec Homegrown Award. Winning the SA Open comes with a two-year exemption on the Ladies European Tour, where the R100,000 cash injection will go a long way in covering costs for the champion.
“We applaud Investec for their innovation and dedication to growing women’s golf and for always finding ways to give our South African golfers an opportunity to take the next step and level up.”
The Revised 2021 Sunshine Ladies Tour Schedule:
7-9 April: R200,000 Cape Town Ladies Open (Royal Cape Golf Club)
14-16 April: R600,000 Jabra Ladies Classic (Glendower Golf Club)
21-23 April: R400,000 SuperSport Ladies Challenge pres. by Sun International (Gary Player Country Club)
28-30 April: R500,000 Joburg Ladies Open (Soweto Country Club)
7-9 May: R600,000 Dimension Data Ladies Pro-Am and R100,000 Better Ball Pro-Am
13-16 May: :€200,000 Investec South African Women’s Open (LET co-sanctioned, 2021 US Women’s Open Qualifier) (Westlake Golf Club)
Photo 1 Caption: The condensed 2021 Sunshine Ladies Tour is set to be the best yet with the introduction of the Homegrown Award. The award will see a South African winner of the SA Open take home an additional R100 000. Photo: Sunshine Ladies Tour
With editing by gsport