Sun International Challenge Series
In Partnership with
Coca Cola Beverages South Africa

Sun International and Coca Cola Beverages South Africa are proud partners to play host to four Sunshine Tour events throughout the winter swing. This new partnership provides the opportunity for young, aspiring golf professionals to build their golfing career on home soil and using these events as a platform to reach the highest level.

Sun International sponsored a number of individual tournaments on the Sunshine Tour before pulling them together in one series, beginning in 2015. The then six-tournament series was launched with prize money of R700 000 for each tournament, and increased to R750 000 in 2017 and increased to R800 000 in 2018. 

The now four-tournament series scheduled to tee up at Sun City, followed by Royal Swazi Spa and then on to the Wild Coast Sun and Sibaya (Mt Edgecombe CC). With an increase in prize fund of R1 million in 2019, the series is set for some great golf, where new champions are born.

The majority of the 54-hole tournaments are played at Sun International’s resort golf courses such as Sun City's Gary Player Country Club, the Wild Coast Sun Country Club and Royal Swazi Spa Country Club.

Why is it important?

The Sun International Challenge Series forms the backbone of the winter portion of the Sunshine Tour, together with the six-tournament Vodacom Origins of Golf series.

On its own it makes up half the tournament schedule for the winter and is vital for Sunshine Tour professionals not competing overseas to be able to remain competitive.

Each tournament on the series includes a 36-hole pro-am prior to the main professional tournament.

2019 Sun International Challenge Series Schedule

Sun City Challenge

Gary Player Country Club

Pro Am: 3 and 4 June 2019
Tournament: 5 - 7 June 2019

Defending Champion: Neil Schietekat

Live Scoring

Royal Swazi Spa Challenge

Royal Swazi Spa Country Club

Pro Am: 29 and 30 July 2019
Tournament: 31 July - 2 August 2019

Defending Champion: Andre De Decker

Wild Coast Sun Challenge

Wild Coast Sun Country Club

Pro Am: 7 and 8 October 2019
Tournament: 9 - 11 October 2019

Defending Champion: Vaughan Groenewald

Sibaya Challenge

The Woods at Mount Edgecombe

Pro Am: 22 October 2019
Tournament: 23 - 25 October 2019

Defending Champion: Louis De Jager

Drop some names

The Sun International Challenge Series has had some impressive champions in its short history, and has already played a role in the development of South Africa’s next stars.

Dean Burmester and Louis Oosthuizen, previous winners on the Sunshine Tour, are Sun International Brand Ambassadors.

Zander Lombard, Sunshine Order of Merit Winner for the 2018/2019 season, is the first player announced for the 2019 Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player.

Justin Harding won back to back events at the Royal Swazi Spa Country Club in 2018 in the Royal Swazi Open and Lombard Insurance Classic. These wins put him on the global golfing stage where we won the 2019 Qatar Masters and tied 12th place in The Masters this year.

Anything else?

Sunshine Tour professional Ruan de Smidt has the best record on the series.

In 2016 he won two Sun International Challenge Series tournaments in three starts on the tour.

De Smidt won the Sun Boardwalk Challenge at Humewood Golf Club, finished top-10 in a Vodacom Origins of Golf tournament the week thereafter, and then won the Sun Carnival City Challenge at the Ebotse Links after that.