Cape Town - The Sunshine Senior Tour (SST)
has officially announced that the South African Senior Open
will once again head to the Bitou region to be hosted at Plettenberg Bay
Country Club from October 22-25, 2019.
SST Chief Operations Officer, Neville
Clarke, described his delight at the continued support from the Bitou
“We are very happy to once again have the Bitou Municipality
hosting us in this beautiful region and on this great golf course. The event
has become the highlight of the SST calendar and we cannot wait for it to
The SA Senior Open features four days of
competition for the 60 Senior Professionals, but contrary to many other
tournaments, the first two days of competing are played as Pro-Am’s with two professionals and two amateurs in a fourball. The first day of the Pro-Am will be
the annual Mayoral Golf Day and seeks to raise funds for the upliftment of the
Bitou community, while the second day is played to raise funds for the
Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) to support their conservation efforts.
After the first two days, the pro’s
then step up the intensity as it heads into the business end of the competition
and they complete the final two rounds in a bid to be crowned SA Senior Open
champion and usurp two-time defending champion in Plett, Mark McNulty.
Mayor Lobese explained the importance
of this event to the Bitou region, “We are an area that thrives on tourism and
this competition not only brings in a large number of visitors to our region
for a week, but also generates significant exposure both locally and
internationally about all we have to offer in the region.
It is not only tourism that benefits
however, with the event serving as a great fundraiser for us towards our
community and uplifting them as well as protecting our wildlife through the
assistance of the Endangered Wildlife Trust.”
With players such as McNulty,
Chris Williams, Roger Wessels, Rocky Tlhabanyani and James Kingston all likely
to feature in the field, Plettenberg Bay Country Club will certainly be worth
visiting from October 22-25.