Johannesburg - Dean Burmester walked away with the lion’s share of the awards
last night in the Sunshine Tour Players Awards as he pocketed four of the seven
honours up for grabs.
27-year-old from Bloemfontein won four tournaments on the Sunshine Tour during
the 2015 season, and he added to his celebrations at the awards evening with
the news that he had moved into the top 100 players in the world according to
the Official World Golf Ranking.
He took the
Gary Player Trophy for the best stroke average of the 2015 season (69.34 over
59 rounds of tournament golf), the Media’s Player of the Year as voted by
members of South Africa’s golf journalists, the Players’ Player of the Year
which is an accolade from his fellow professionals, and the Commissioner’s
Award, which is given by Selwyn Nathan, the Executive Director of the Sunshine
Tour, to a player who has served professional golf in South Africa particularly
overwhelmed,” said Burmester after he came up to the podium for the fourth time
during the ceremony.
“It’s especially humbling to be acknowledged by the
players with whom I compete all the time, and to be recognised by Mr Nathan who
gives so much himself to golf in this country.”
awards went to George Coetzee, who won the Sid Brews Trophy for winning the
2015 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit, Rourke van der Spuy, who took the Bobby
Locke Trophy for Rookie of the Year for 2015, and Christiaan Bezuidenhout, who
topped the Big Easy Tour’s Order of Merit.