Sunshine Tour planning new schedule, looking at mid-August restart

JC Ritchie

JC Ritchie

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  • Sunshine Tour commissioner Selwyn Nathan revealed that they’ve plans to get the 2020/21 season underway nevertheless it might take weeks.
  • The Sunshine Tour would’ve entered its ‘African swing’ however all exercise has been suspended as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
  • Nathan said that if authorities decides to ease sure restrictions like travelling, they might begin in mid-August.

The Sunshine Tour has but to announce its schedule for the 2020/21 season, with Tour Commissioner Selwyn Nathan confirming they’re discussing a plan for a potential restart.

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

Social golf in South Africa was given the inexperienced gentle by the federal government to restart on 13 June as a number of golf programs across the nation reopened.

The Sunshine Tour’s 2019/20 season resulted in March, with JC Ritchie profitable the Tour’s Order of Benefit.

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

Nonetheless, with the borders in South Africa at present closed, the Sunshine Tour has been scrambling to get any possible schedule on paper. 

“Sure, we have got some plans. What we hope to do is get some solutions from authorities and well being authorities in South Africa to see if there’s a chance for us to start out someday mid-August,” Nathan informed Sport24 on Monday.

“Now will not be a very good time in any respect if you cannot work together with anyone. So we’re hoping over the subsequent six or seven weeks that issues change and as soon as we get a go-ahead from well being authorities.”

On Monday, the PGA Tour confirmed that South Africa’s very personal Dylan Frittelli grew to become the fourth golfer to check constructive for coronavirus because the Tour resumed on 11 June. Later within the day, American Harris English grew to become the fifth PGA participant to check constructive for Covid-19.

In the meantime, the European Tour introduced its revised 2020 schedule with a ‘UK swing’, which is predicted to get underway from 22 July within the type of the British Masters.

The Sunshine Tour admitted it might do one thing related with a ‘Johannesburg swing’ leg.

“I do not see a chance for us to start out enjoying occasions within the subsequent 5 to 6 weeks,” stated Nathan.

“We would take into account – if we will not go to Zimbabwe or Kenya – doing one thing in Johannesburg in a bubble-like means like they’ve finished on the European Tour. We have to look forward to the chance to ensure that us to make any choices.”

This is also laborious on Sunshine Tour worldwide members, who may not have the ability to journey and compete in native tournaments. 

“What we have to do is hopefully have a calendar that has sufficient time to take care of issues like travelling golfers to self-isolate once they arrive,” continued Nathan.

“The security of the gamers and people concerned within the event… it is one thing that we have to do appropriately particularly when if it may well probably put individuals in hurt’s means.”

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