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Some of Africa's best golfers will join the cream of the Sunshine Tour in the newly introduced Africa Open at the Fish River Sun Country Club in Eastern Cape next month.
The tournament will feature nine other African countries that will each send two of their top golfers, to the event with a total prize of R1,2 million.
It will be sponsored by Nestlife Assurance Corporation and played from February 7-10.
Vusi Sithole, managing director of the sponsors, said they were honoured and delighted to contribute to the development of golf.
"We aim to expand the growth of golf in the Eastern Cape and across the region.
"We hope this brand-new Sunshine Tour Summer Swing event will be the catalyst for the game to grow in southern Africa."
Invitations have been extended to Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Kenya, Botswana, Nigeria, Ghana and Madagascar.
"Professional golf in our emerging country is growing and we are delighted to be involved in the development of the game here," said Sun International Group sports and promotions manager, Alastair Roper.
"This wonderful initiative will place South Africa firmly on the international golf map and we hope to assist in a sporting extravaganza that we all can be proud of. We are especially delighted to welcome back the Sunshine Tour, which has grown enormously and established itself as a significant force in world golf."
Grant Wilson, marketing director of the Sunshine Tour, welcomed the launch of the Africa Open, which will be the first new event to make its debut on the 2008 Sunshine Tour.
"On behalf of our talented players and rising stars, I would like to extend our fullest appreciation to Nestlife Consortium for its vision and support towards professional golf in southern Africa," he said.