The Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Cllr Geoffrey Makhubo, has official opened this year's South African Open Championship tournament, which is taking place from today, Thursday, 9 January, until Sunday 12 January.
On a cloudy morning with slight drops of rain, Cllr Makhubo hit the tee-shot, which was followed by loud applause from spectators as he marked the start of the tournament.
The mayor said the City of Joburg is proud to host international events such as the SA open. “This is an opportunity for the City to show the world what we can offer. Golf is an international sport. This tournament goes a long way towards cementing the City as a destination of choice for both business and leisure tourism."
Mayor Makhubo further wished all the 240 players who are participating in the tournament the best of luck. “I wish I was playing in this tournament, but unfortunately I am not a professional player. I wish all the players good luck and may the best man win," he added.
The tournament is hosted by the City of Johannesburg and will be played at Randpark Golf Club's two championship golf courses, Firethorn and Bushwillow.
Some of the players this year include Martin Vorster, Terence Mogapi, Jonathan Caldwell, Johannes Veerman and Louis Oosthuizen, the winner of last year tournament who is on a quest to walk away with the trophy again this year.
The SA Open is one of the oldest national open golf championships in the world, and is one of the principal tournaments on the Sunshine Tour.
General tickets for Thursday and Friday cost R100 an entry. For Saturday and Sunday, it is R150 an entry. Children under 16 years and pensioners over 65 enter for free. Public parking has been secured at Hoerskool Randburg, a free park and ride from the school to the Randpark Golf Club will be available from the school.