Johannesburg - The 2015
Joburg Open teed off at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club on
Thursday with the Executive Mayor of the City of Joburg, Councillor Mpho Parks
Tau, hitting the ceremonial first tee shot.
With the Joburg Open trophy standing
alongside the Open Championship’s Claret Jug, the Executive Mayor reiterated
the city’s commitment to a tournament that has been secured for a further three
years on the European and Sunshine Tour schedules.
“This event gives us an opportunity to
position Johannesburg as a golf destination of choice. Johannesburg is the
flagship city of Africa, and since it made its debut in 2007, the Joburg Open
has fast risen in status to become one of the major tournaments on the international
schedule of the European Tour.”
The news that the tournament has been
secured until 2018 has been welcomed by the players.
“This is one of the more prestigious
tournaments we have in South Africa with one of the biggest prize funds on the
Sunshine Tour. I think it’s a unique event in a great city and one that is
supported pretty well from a spectator point of view. It’s a tournament I
always enjoy playing,” said Thomas Aiken.
The Joburg Open will be played from today,
Thursday to Sunday.
Local residents and sporting fans, who are
visiting Johannesburg at the time, are encouraged to attend the Joburg Open
2015 at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington golf clubs. The entrance fee is
R50 a day or R200 for the entire tournament. Pensioners and children under the
age of 16 get free entry. Tickets can be purchased online at TicketPro www.ticketpros.co.za
The event will be broadcast live on
SuperSport from the 26 February to 1 March 2015.
Councillor Mpho Parks Tau, Executive Mayor of the
City of Joburg, tees off the 2015 Joburg Open at the Royal Johannesburg and
Kensington Golf Club on Thursday (Tyrone Winfield/Perfect