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 nonetheless it’d take weeks.
  • The Sunshine Tour would’ve entered its ‘African swing’ however all prepare has been suspended on account of coronavirus pandemic.
  • Nathan acknowledged that if authorities decides to ease constructive restrictions like travelling, they might begin in mid-August.

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

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

Social golf in South Africa was given the inexperienced delicate by the federal authorities to restart on 13 June as loads of golf purposes all through the nation reopened.

The Sunshine Tour’s 2019/20 season led to March, with JC Ritchie worthwhile the Tour’s Order of Revenue.

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 doable schedule on paper. 

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

“Now will not be time in the slightest degree within the occasion you cannot work together with anyone. So we’re hoping over the next six or seven weeks that factors change and as shortly as we get a go-ahead from properly being authorities.”

On Monday, the PGA Tour confirmed that South Africa’s very non-public Dylan Frittelli grew to show into the fourth golfer to confirm optimistic for coronavirus provided that Tour resumed on 11 June. Later all through the day, American Harris English grew to show into the fifth PGA participant to confirm optimistic for Covid-19.

Throughout the meantime, the European Tour launched its revised 2020 schedule with a ‘UK swing’, which is anticipated to get underway from 22 July contained in the form of the British Masters.

The Sunshine Tour admitted it’d do one issue related to a ‘Johannesburg swing’ leg.

“I do not see a possibility for us to start out collaborating in occasions all through the next 5 to 6 weeks,” talked about Nathan.

“We’d take into accounts – if we can’t go to Zimbabwe or Kenya – doing one consider Johannesburg in a bubble-like approach like they’ve executed on the European Tour. Now we’ve to look forward to the prospect to ensure that us to make any picks.”

That’s moreover onerous on Sunshine Tour worldwide members, who won’t have the flexibleness to journey and compete in native tournaments. 

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

“The security of the gamers and different folks concerned all through the match… it is one issue that we now should do exactly considerably when if it’d properly possibly put folks in injury’s approach.”

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