9th December 2016 | IGT Challenge Tour

IGT Tour boost for Gary Player Class of 2017

PORT EDWARD, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 24: General view during day 1 of the Sun Wild Coast Sun Challenge at Wild Coast Sun Country Club on August 24, 2016 in Port Edward, South Africa. EDITOR'S NOTE: For free editorial use. Not available for sale. No commercial usage. (Photo by Petri Oeschger/Sunshine Tour/Gallo Images)

The Gary Player Class of 2017, the development initiative announced by the Sunshine Tour on November 14, has created more opportunities for its players to play tournament golf in 2017 with a recently concluded association with the IGT Tour.

There will be free entry to all IGT Tour events for the 30 players from the Gary Player Class of 2017, a group that will be assisted in a series of three planned ‘boot camps’ and will be assessed with regards to all aspects of their game. Mental coaches, swing coaches and equipment specialists will be brought in to guarantee the players have the base needed to compete at the highest level.

“It is a great opportunity for those players to get more experience in the competitive conditions of tournament play,” said Sunshine Tour Executive Director Selwyn Nathan, “and we’re pleased to be working with the IGT Tour.”

The top five players of the IGT Tour Order of Merit will go straight into the Final Stage of the Sunshine Tour Qualifying School, to be held from March 13-17 at Randpark Golf Club.

The funding for entry into the IGT Tour events will come jointly from the corporate patrons of the Gary Player Class of 2017, which include Investec Property, Morecorp, Virgin Active, Rhode Island, PWC, MultiChoice, BMW, the Darren Clarke Foundation and ISM, and from the IGT Tour.

Cois du Plooy, the IGT Tour Commissioner, said, “I believe this is huge for development golf for all players. Our view is that players must go through the Sunshine Tour to become world-class players and this association reinforces that view.”

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