24th July 2013 | IGT Challenge Tour
The Premier Developmental Tour in South Africa
“Where Good Players become Tour Players”
About IGT Challenge Pro Tour
2016 will mark our 7th year as the country’s Premier Developmental Tour. Our goal, simply put, is to provide the best tournament conditions to prepare you to compete on golf’s highest levels, as countless IGT Tour members have done before.
We are a developmental Tour that caters for both male and female amateurs and professionals and we strive to provide a competitive platform for the players to develop, to improve, to acclimatise to the pro environment and to make an educated decision about their future.
IGTGolf Tour’s success is driven by our values, which shape the way we conduct our events, the business opportunity we pursue and the interaction we have with our players, sponsors, vendors and supporters.
We are committed to building businesses, strengthening relationships and increasing revenue for our players. Educating our players, providing superior services and being 100% transparent are only few of the ways we achieve our goals.
South African golfers are regarded as some of the best in the world. We need to develop them into mature winners.
IGT will treat you like you belong and will help in any way we can to get you ready for the next level.
Facts & Achievements (updated 9 May 2015) Download IGT Facts 2015
First played – 2010
2010 – 8 events, all in Gauteng
2011 – 26 events, all in Gauteng
2012 – 40 events, all in Gauteng
2013 – 48 events, 40 in Gauteng and 8 in Kwazulu-Natal
2014 – 61 events, 39 in Gauteng and 22 in Kwazulu-Natal
2015 – 72 events, 40 in Gauteng, 20 in Kwazulu-Natal and 12 in Cape
2016 – 39 events planned in Gauteng.
Since 2010, the tour had players from 28 countries; Argentina, Austrian, America, Belgium, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Kenia, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa, South Korea, Scotland, Switzerland, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Since 2010, the tour has seen winners from six countries; England, Ireland, Portugal, South Africa, South Korea and USA
The IGT Gauteng Coach Hub and the IGT Academy Classics partners
IGT take photos on day 1 & 3. A minimum of two photos per player is taken.
IGT Photo link https://www.flickr.com/photos/igtgolf/albums
“Getting ready for Q-school is playing tournament golf. A player wants to be tournament tested. The mistake that a lot of players make is that they think if they work really hard for a month before Q-school on the range, that they will be ready. But then when they get on the course they realize it’s not about how good you’re hitting the ball, but how well you can put up a score.”
- Sunshine Tour Rookies for 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 played on the IGT Pro Tour.
- IGT Players receiving Sunshine Tour Cards is 80% in last 4 years.
Darren Fichardt played on the tour in 2011 after injury and become a multiple winner on the Sunshine and European Tour. But there are many others who have succeeded to stay on Tour.
Facts & Achievements
- Playing our 7th year in 2016.
- More than R12-million has been paid out in prize money and incentives.
- More than 1500 players have played on the IGT Tour.
- The Premier Developmental Tour in South Africa.
- Over 250 Events Played.
- Multiple Winners on IGT Tour, Sunshine Tour and European Tour.
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- Lowest 4 round score; Mark van As 21 Under
- Lowest 3 round score; Danie van Tonder 22 Under
- Lowest 18Hole round; Antom Haig 62
- Lowest 9Hole round; Maritz Wessels 26
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For the big dreaming golfers, there are only so many local tournaments that can be played before they start getting PGA fever. There is no requirement of past tournament wins to get on a PGA tour, you simply must find an event and then qualify. For the dedicated dreamer, e.g., golfer, there is a Qualifying school which is held each in November/December. Q- School is comprised of 5 round of tournament golf that weeds out the weak and unworthy, leaving only a small handful of dazed and battered players behind clutching their newly won eligibility to their chests.
About Mini/Developmental Tours
The Quest for the Holy (Tour) Grail: Life on the Mini Tours
The mini-tours provide invaluable experience of playing in tournaments in pressure situations. And the one thing they have over the major tours is camaraderie.
“You’re still trying to beat each other’s brains out, but then again you’re also pulling for one another.” “On the mini-tours, you hang out with the guys, you have fun together and you make a lot of friends. On the PGA Tour, there is a lot of money to be made, and the guys take it very serious.”
Professional golf whether at mini tour level or major tour level is extremely competitive and any amateur golfer-male or female that wishes to take this path needs to appreciate that from the time you turn professional it will take you at a minimum 7 to 10 or more years of hard work, dedication and patience to make it all the way to the major league. But wait I hear you say, what about Rory McIlroy or Lexi Thompson, they didn’t take 7 to 10 years to become world class professional golfers. Yes there are always exceptions to this rule – but very few! For the majority of elite level amateur golfers who turn professional the 7 to 10 year rule holds true.
The average age of a PGA Tour player is 35, so it is better to completely understand the learning process for professional golf before you take the plunge.