The Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba attended the SA Open sponsors’ welcome cocktail dinner last night (December 3 2018), where he spoke of his excitement to play at the Pro Am tournament, which tees off on Thursday (December 6 2018) at the Randpark Golf Course.
The Mayor, who famously said his handicap “used to be 19 but now must be as bad as 48,” while playing at the Mayoral Charity Gold Day at The Wanderers Golf Club back in September, said the tournament offered an opportunity for international viewers to see what Johannesburg had to offer its residents and visitors.
“My rusty golf aside, I’m very thrilled to see the SA Open come to our city. We look forward to a great tournament beginning on Thursday, and I hope our residents will embrace the opportunity to not only see some of their heroes up close, but to be hosting such a key European Tour tournament in their backyard,” said Mashaba.
The Sunshine Tour announced in October that a decision was taken in partnership with Golf RSA, the City of Johannesburg, the European Tour and Asian Tour to create an even greater stage for the South African Open by merging it with the Joburg Open.
The SA Open will be played on Randpark’s two championship golf courses, Firethorn and Bushwillow, and will feature a field of 240 professionals – including Louis Oosthuizen, Branden Grace, Charl Schwartzel and former champion Brandon Stone – competing for a minimum of R17.5 million in prize money.
The Mayor will be on hand to officially open the tournament from the Firethorn course on Thursday, and will also hand over the SA Open trophy to the winner on Sunday.
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while those under 16 years and those over 65 years will enjoy free entry.