HARARE – Ryan Cairns will lead a contingent of three Zimbabwean golfers at this week’s Sunshine Tour event, the R600 000 rich Sun Coast Classic in Durban.
The other two local golfers participating at the tournament at the Durban Country Club are Micky Hough and Dean Schoultz.
The Sun Coast classic will be decided over 54 holes of stroke play and a field of 144 pros is expected to tee off tomorrow.
After 36 holes there will be a cut to the leading 40 professionals and those who tie on the score.
South African Darren Fichardt is the defending champion of the tournament after he won the 2011 edition by six strokes ahead of Ulrich van den Berg.
Cairns and Hough go into this week’s tournament after having taken part in the BMG Classic last week in Gauteng.
Hough had a nightmare final round at the BMG Classic where he carded a 10-over 82 at Glendower Golf Club.
The Zimbabwean eventually finished the tournament tied for 43rd with Jared Harvey with a gross total of nine-over 225.
Cairns failed to make the cut at the rain affected tournament after he carded two-over 146 to finish on number 56 at the end of 36 holes.
South African Teboho Sefatsa, who won the BMG Classic last week, has also entered to play at the Sun Coast tournament.
Sefatsa carded a final score card of 10-under 206 while his compatriot Merrick Bremner was just a shot behind on nine-under 207.
The BMG classic triumph was the 29-year-old’s first win on the Sunshine Tour.
Bremner managed a final-round 69 to claim sole second at nine-under-par, while overnight leader Matthew Carvell shot a final round 71 to share third with Desvonde Botes.
This week in Durban it will be a new tournament all together and all the 144 golfers will be hoping to win at the famous Country Club course.
Durban Country Club which was opened in 1922 has become one of South Africa’s most famous golf courses and even throughout the world.
Much of the history of the game in South Africa has been enacted at Durban Country Club, and most of the great players have made their pilgrimage to it.
Meanwhile, the Sunshine Tour on Monday announced the addition of the Investec Cup, an exciting new tournament that is set to become a prominent feature on the circuit starting next year.
With a prize pool of R6 million, the four-day limited field tournament will officially mark the end of the Sunshine Tour’s summer calendar in 2013.
Professionals, both local and international, wanting to compete in the Investec Cup will have the challenging task of having to qualify for the tournament next March, through playing in one of a series of 13 tournaments on the Sunshine Tour’s summer calendar and finishing with a large enough total of points that are on offer at each event to finish among the top 30 who will qualify.