Johannesburg - Oliver
Bekker took home five awards, including the prestigious Commissioner's Award at
the Maslow Hotel where the Sunshine Tour and Golf RSA held their awards
ceremony on Sunday.
won three times during the 2017/18 Sunshine Tour season, was recognised for his
overall contribution to golf on the Tour in the citation for the Commissioner's
He was also
honoured by his fellow professionals in winning the Players' Player of the Year
award, and by the golfing media when he took the Media Player of the Year
He also won
the Gary Player Trophy for the best stroke average of players who played in 60
percent or more of the Sunshine Tour tournaments during the season. He averaged
70.21 over 71 rounds of tournament golf.
award was for his feats on the par-fives during the season, where he averaged
1.97 under par throughout his 24-tournament campaign.
ceremony also saw Irishman Neil O'Briain being named the Rookie of the year to
win the Bobby Locke Trophy, beating Zack Byrd of the United States in a race
which went right down to the wire during the last event of the season.
Sunshine Tour Commissioner Selwyn Nathan said, "It's always good to celebrate excellence, and we've had another good year on
the Sunshine Tour. The commitment of the players is something which sets the
Sunshine Tour apart, and it's one of the reasons we consistently produce players
who shine on the world stage. The season which has just ended reinforces that.
"We're able to do what we do because of
long-standing and fruitful relationships with our partners and sponsors.
Without them, the success we are celebrating would not be possible, so
excellence seems to be the least we can do to repay them.
"We also believe that if the season just finished
was successful, things will get even better as we kick off the new season."
Sid Brews Trophy - Sunshine Tour Order of Merit: George
Gary Player Trophy - Stroke Average winner: Oliver
Bobby Locke Trophy - Rookie of the Year: Neil
Commissioner's Award: Oliver
Players' Player of the Year: Oliver
Media Player of the Year: Oliver
Newcomer of the Year: Kyle
Class Awards: 1st, Keenan Davidse; 2nd Makhetha Mazibuko;
3rd Toto Thimba Jnr
Par-threes: Louis de
Order of Merit: Stacy
Big Easy Tour:
Order of Merit: Jacquin
Malcolm Dreyer Stroke Average Award: Jacquin