ERNIE will be SA OPEN host

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life -

Five-time South African Open cham­pion Ernie Els has been an­nounced as the tour­na­ment host for the 104th cham­pi­onship at Glen­dower Golf Club from Jan­uary 8-11. Els will be mak­ing his first ap­pear­ance in the cham­pi­onship since play­ing at Serengeti in 2011. The Sun­shine Tour have re­gained the com­mer­cial rights to one of the old­est tour­na­ments in world golf and are in the process of re­build­ing the stature of the tour­na­ment and es­tab­lish it once again as a flag­ship event ( Sun­shine Tour, page 95, Septem­ber). There is no ti­tle spon­sor, but the City of Ekurhu­leni re­mains the main spon­sor, and Els’ two char­i­ta­ble in­ter­ests – Els for Autism and the Ernie Els & Fan­court Foun­da­tion – will be the two ben­e­fi­cia­ries of any fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. It is hoped that Els’ in­flu­ence will help boost the strength of the field.

“Ernie is will­ing to com­mit to the SA Open for a long pe­riod and is mo­ti­vated to ad­vanc­ing it back to where it should be on the world stage,” said Sun­shine Tour mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor Dun­can Cruick­shank.

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