Cape Town - The Sunshine Tour has handed
down a sanction against a player who breached its Members General Regulations
by committing an anti-doping rule violation.
The South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS)
conducts testing of urine samples on behalf of the Southern Africa PGA Tour, on
the Sunshine Tour and Big Easy Tour.
Etienne Bond, 36, participated during the
2017 season on the Big Easy Tour and failed an anti-doping test for the use
of Carvedilol, which is classified as a BETA Blocker on the World
Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2017 Prohibited List.
Bond’s sample was
analysed by the WADA accredited Ghent Doping Control Laboratory in
As Bond did not have a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)
in place for the use of this substance, he admitted guilt and
accepted the sanction handed down by the Southern Africa PGA Tour.
In terms of the sanction Bond’s was
disqualified from 2017 events on the Big Easy Tour and he was removed from the
final order of merit.
Bond has also been suspended for a period of 12 months
during which he is not eligible to participate in any professional golf events
until October 2, 2018.
Lastly, Bond has been fined R5 000.