Johannesburg - The Sunshine Ladies Tour announced on Tuesday a
new event set to debut on the 2019 schedule.
The inaugural Jabra Ladies Classic
will not only bring down the curtain on the sixth season at Glendower Golf Club
from March 20-22, but there is a lot to look forward to for the first champion.
"We are delighted to partner with Jabra in what
promises to be a sensational season-finale," said Sunshine Tour Chief Executive
"Jabra is associated with the Ladies European Tour (LET) and
Ladies European Tour Access Series (LETAS) through the Jabra Ladies Open and is
now proudly associated with the Sunshine Ladies Tour as a partner for 2019.
"The Jabra Ladies Classic will carry a purse of
R200 000 and comes with a very exciting incentive for the winner. The 2019
champion will be granted a spot in the Jabra Ladies Open, which last year
became the first dual-ranking event between the LET and LETAS.
"The Jabra Ladies Open, hosted at the famous
Evian Resort Golf Club in France since 2016, is the only European qualifying
tournament for the Evian Championship, the second biggest Major of the season.
The Jabra Ladies Open winner and the runner-up will be both be granted spots in
this Major. The champion will also earn her place in the AIG Women’s British
Open, as well as a full category on the LET for the next season."
Should the 2019 Jabra Ladies Classic champion
already be exempt for the Jabra Ladies Open, the spot will go to the first
available player not exempt on the final leaderboard at the time of the Jabra
"Jabra has agreed to go down to the 20th spot,"
said Nathan. "This incredibly generous gesture will ensure that one of our
rising stars will get the opportunity to gain valuable international
experience. We are delighted to welcome Jabra to our stable of partners and we
look forward to a very exciting end to what promises to be another memorable
Sunshine Ladies Tour."
The 2019 Sunshine Ladies Tour launches on January 30
with eight events.
"The Jabra Ladies Classic follows the South African Women's Open, which will be co-sanctioned with the LET at
Westlake Golf Club from March 14-16," Nathan said.
"By positioning the Jabra Ladies Classic at the
end of the season, we hope to encourage the LET players to stay on in South
Africa to ensure a competitive, international field for the season-finale.
"As one of the top ranked golf courses in South
Africa, Glendower will provide the perfect setting for the Jabra Ladies Open
and, of course, the final chase for the Property Order of Merit crown.
The season-long points race reached a dramatic climax with Stacy Bregman
sealing victory in the South African Women's Open last year and we
anticipate another tightly run race this year."