Cape Town - The
six-tournament Vodacom Origins of Golf series, the Sunshine Tour's most
successful continuous series of tournaments in its history, will tee off its 15th
season next week with an array of South Africa’s leading golf courses on its
schedule and a new overall prize for the professionals.
SEE: Sunshine Tour 2018 schedule
the popular pro-am series, which offers total prize money worth R4.8 million
and which has grown its sponsorship footprint to also include African Bank,
Celcom, Apexon and Titleist as partners, will be played on some of the most
spectacular golf courses in the country, with two of the six ranked within the
top 10 in South Africa.
Links and Arabella Country Club are the highest ranked on the 2018 series which
will tee off at Zebula Country Club from August 16-18 and will also travel to
Selborne Park Golf Club in KwaZulu-Natal, Parys Golf and Country Estate in the
Free State and Pinnacle Point on the Garden Route.
series will also have its own Order of Merit and a new incentive for the
The Heritage Resorts Order of Merit will reward the leading
professional at the end of the series with a seven-night stay at Heritage Le
Telfair in Mauritius, including flights.
The professionals will need to play at
least four of the six Origins of Golf tournaments to qualify.
series plays a key role in the build-up to the Sunshine Tour's international
season at the end of the year.
The Mauritius Open - tri-sanctioned
by the European Tour, Sunshine Tour and Asian Tour - will be the first
tournament played after the Vodacom Origins of Golf Final in November.
debut on the Sunshine Tour in 2004, the Origins of Golf series has
grown to become the backbone of the winter leg of the Tour.
This was the series that launched the professional career of Major
winner Louis Oosthuizen, who won his first professional tournament on the Origins of Golf in 2004.
When Branden Grace won five times during
his breakthrough season in 2012, one of those titles came on the Origins of Golf series.