South Africa: Sunshine Tour Planning New Schedule, Looking At Mid-August Restart

The Sunshine Tour has yet to announce its schedule for the 2020/21 season, with Tour Commissioner Selwyn Nathan confirming they are discussing a plan for a possible restart.

The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc in the South African sporting calendar with all activity and leagues suspended.

Social golf in South Africa was given the green light by the government to restart on 13 June as several golf courses around the country reopened.

The Sunshine Tour’s 2019/20 season ended in March, with JC Ritchie winning the Tour’s Order of Merit.

Usually in South Africa’s winter, the Sunshine Tour would enter in an African swing, which included tournaments in Zambia, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Swaziland.

However, with the borders in South Africa currently closed, the Sunshine Tour has been scrambling to get any feasible schedule on paper.

“Yes, we’ve got some plans. What we are hoping to do is get some answers from government and health authorities in South Africa to see if there’s an opportunity for us to start sometime mid-August,” Nathan told Sport24 on Monday.

“Now is not a good time at all if you can’t interact with anybody. So we’re hoping over the next six or seven weeks that things change and once we get a go-ahead from health authorities.”

On Monday, the PGA Tour confirmed that South Africa’s very own Dylan Frittelli became the fourth golfer to test positive for coronavirus since the Tour resumed on 11 June. Later in the day, American Harris English became the fifth PGA player to test positive for Covid-19.