30th March 2015 | IGT Challenge Tour
IGT Tour partners with Srixon
The collaboration between South Africa’s premier development circuit and the leading golf equipment manufacturer was signed during the Centurion Academy Classic on Wednesday.
“We believe there is great synergy between ourselves and the IGT Tour,” said Srixon South Africa managing director, Mike Powell.
“Srixon South Africa and the IGT Tour are both invested in the journey of the local players. We both aim to improve players one shot at a time, one round at a time and one tournament at a time.
“The IGT Tour has shown incredible growth since its launch in 2010 and its recent collaboration with eight of the country’s leading golf academies further supports its very successful development program.
“The IGT Tour are doing a fantastic job in developing the next generation of touring professionals and we at Srixon South Africa are excited to partner with the IGT Tour on this journey.”
Srixon has already celebrated unprecedented international success in 2015.
On home soil, Trevor Fisher Jnr secured his maiden European Tour title in the Africa Open, while reigning Lion of Africa Cape Town Open champion Jaco Ahlers defeated fellow Srixon staffer Jaco van Zyl in a three-hole playoff to claim the Sunshine Tour’s Investec Cup.
Elsewhere, Asian Tour sensation Anirban Lahiri claimed back-to-back victories in the Malaysian and Hero Indian Opens and Major winner Inbee Park triumphed in the HSBC Women’s Champions title on the LPGA Tour.
IGT Tour commissioner Cois du Plooy said the partnership with Srixon bodes well for the future of professional golf in South Africa.
“Our mandate is to develop champions by offering a tailor-made gateway for amateurs aspiring to join the pro ranks,” said Du Plooy.
“The IGT Tour strives to provide a bridge to overcome the gap between the amateur and pro ranks, while Srixon aims to provide the players with the best equipment for the journey.
“Our collective aim is to attract more players to the pro ranks and to prepare them to perform at a high level in a strong competitive environment and we believe that our aligned directives make for a great partnership.
“This collaboration will not only help build the IGT Tour brand in South Africa, but expose the IGT Tour players to Srixon’s leading product innovation, and the partnership will help us to continue to push the boundaries for our members and to elevate the overall experience on the IGT Tour.”
(PHOTO, left to right – Chris Sweggman from Srixon, IGT Tour graduates Russel Franz and Hennie du Plessis and IGT Tour commissioner, Cois du Plooy; credit CJ du Plooy)