Cape Town - Two-time SA Open champion and current SA Senior Open Champion Mark
McNulty has confirmed his participation at the 2018 SA Senior Open hosted by the
He will be joined in the field by a host of fine golfers,
including 2007 SA Open champion James Kingston, and Kevin Stone, the father of
2016 SA Open winner, Brandon Stone.
Having achieved the incredible feat of being ranked in the top 10 of
the Official World Golf Ranking between 1987 and 1992, McNulty will once
again will tee it up at the Plettenberg Bay Country Club as he aims to defend
his title that he won in a thrilling wire-to-wire victory in 2017.
recorded to have 59 worldwide professional career wins, and is widely
considered favourite to win back-to-back championships when the SA Senior Open
kicks off from October 2-5, 2018.
It will not be an easy four days on the course however, as Kingston has been in tremendous form following five consecutive top 15 finishes
over the last two months on the Staysure Tour and finished third in the
European Tour Properties Senior Classic recently.
Kingston is currently ranked
16th on the Staysure Tour Order of Merit and will be confident of
taking the crown having finished third at the SA Senior Open in 2017.
Having won the SA Senior Masters in 2017, Stone will be pushing
to win and take home the lion’s share of the R500 000 prize money, the largest
prize fund on the Sunshine Senior Tour.
He will not be alone as he will be
joined by a number of champions across the European and Sunshine Tours
including Bobby Lincoln, Roger Wessels, Mokgeteng Mashego, Ian Palmer, Callie
Swart, Chris Davison, Steve Van Vuuren, Andre Cruse and Jeff Hawkes.
It is a
pity that the likes of John Bland, Hugh Baiocchi, Chris Williams and Rocky
Tlhabanyane are unable to participate this year due to various reasons.
Also joining the strong field will be winner of the 2018 Sunshine
Senior Tour Q-School back in January this year, Gary Thompson. Thompson is
currently President of the Zimbabwe Golf Association. He is a well-known TV
personality, entrepreneur and philanthropist in Zimbabwe and participated in
Season 1 of the TV Show Simba Savannah, the local version of Dragon’s Den, and
provided funding to the entrepreneurs who were pitching.
Sunshine Senior Tour COO, Neville Clarke, who will also be competing
in the SA Senior Open, said: "I am thrilled with the competitors who will
be taking part this year. All of these golfers such has Mark have so much still
to give to the game and watching them play will be a delight. We have a
fantastic field and we urge all the locals in the regions to come out, enjoy
the sun and watch some proper golf."
Entry is free to the public for the SA Senior Open to watch all four
days. The first two
days will feature a Pro-Am in a team of two format, and the senior pros scores
will count for all four days.