A Celebration of 30 Years of the Nedbank Golf Challengeon September 9, 2010
“The Nedbank Golf Challenge has long been entrenched as South Africa’s premier golfing event, and when the field assembles in Sun City this year for the 30th anniversary tournament, it will be a very special occasion,” says Tournament Director Alastair Roper.
Over three decades, since the inaugural event which featured a field of only five players, the tournament has grown in stature, and what began as a ‘exhibition’ of golf, soon grew into a fully fledged tournament complete with official world ranking points. The tournament has unquestionably become the greatest showcase of golf on the African continent.
“The quality of the fields is proof enough that the top professionals take the event seriously, and despite the worldwide growth of professional Tours, with more events and purses that have steadily increased in size, it has been gratifying to note that the calibre of players that have accepted invitations to play in Sun City has consistently been of the highest quality,” says Roper.
Played during the first week of December, a time of the year when both the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup and the European Tour’s Race to Dubai have been concluded, the marquee names in professional golf consider the Nedbank Golf Challenge to be a year-end highlight, and despite the dates clashing with the Chevron World Challenge, the 30th Nedbank Golf Challenge is still guaranteed to attract the biggest names in the game.
“The success of the Nedbank has been due to a number of factors, not least of all the loyal group of sponsors who have continued to support the tournament, and the relationship we have built up with the players and their families over the years,” says Roper. “It is no secret that the professionals consider their stay in Sun City to be one of their most enjoyable weeks of the year, and the fact that the numbers of spectators continued to grow says a lot.”
“The 30th year of the tournament is an important milestone, and we are planning to make the event even more special this year,” says Roper. “We have looked at various options which will add to the action, and we are considering a few ideas which we are sure will make this celebration even more exciting. Once these plans have been confirmed I have no doubt that there will be strong demand for tickets for what will surely be our greatest tournament to date.”