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Investec flies the flag for South African golf
Investec secures the title sponsorship to both SA Opens.
DPA World Tour tournament
Investec is proud to confirm the title sponsorship of The SA Open Championship: One of only five DPA World Tour sanctioned tournaments in South Africa and the second oldest National Open in the world after The Open Championship.
Now in its 112th year, the 4-day-tournament showcases 156 pro golfers and offers a significant minimum prize purse of $1.5 million.
Investec is an organisation firmly rooted in South Africa and, as title sponsor of both South African Opens, we believe we can continue to contribute to a game so many are passionate about.
Peta Dixon - Investec Head of Sponsorships
SA Open Championship | A source of national pride
A tournament with a long and rich history
Investec's longstanding history in golf
Investec’s golf involvement began in 2008, with a 12-year title sponsorship of the Investec Royal Swazi Open.
Expansion into the Chase to the Investec Cup followed and the current prized 8-year partnership and title sponsorship of the Investec SA Women’s Open, until 2025. Investec also sponsors the Investec Order of Merit and the Investec Homegrown Award
For many years Investec has also backed multiple golf professionals. Most recently they welcomed Zethu Myeki to the strong female contingent of athletes, including Nicole Garcia, Stacy Bregman, Lejan Lewthwaite and Northern Irish pro Stephanie Meadow.
Investec Chief Marketing Officer Abey Mokgwatsane says he's excited at the opportunities the new sponsorship presents, “This is a prestigious tournament, unmatched in South Africa’s golf history, with the best of the best competing for honours."
The possibilities that this tournament provides golfers to achieve their full potential, at the top tier of their profession, is unrivalled.
Abey Mokgwatsane - Investec Chief Marketing Officer
Transformation in professional golf
As title sponsor of the Investec South African Open Championship, Investec is also the Patron of the Papwa Sewgolum Class, for the next three years.
This initiative provides financial and other support to players who turn professional after graduating from the GolfRSA squad and similar programmes. This “bridging support” plugs a gap that exists when the new professionals are no longer eligible for the assistance they enjoyed as amateurs.
The ultimate aim is to ensure that transformation players coming through the SA golf ecosystem are given the opportunity to perform on the professional stage, and continue to match their international peers.
The Class will be made up of all Sunshine Tour professionals who are players of colour (male) who earn their cards on the Sunshine Tour.
Approximately 61 professional male golfers of colour will participate in the SAT Transformation Initiatives each year.
“As the official patron, we will work alongside The Sunshine Tour to help close the gap between young talent becoming professional players, ensuring that, when the time comes, each player is suitably equipped to perform on the professional circuit,” said Peta Dixon, Investec’s head of sponsorships
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"Investec’s considerable support of our national Open is testament to the prestige of the tournament and Investec’s ongoing support of our country and this beautiful game. We are proud to have our national Open associated with a sponsor that exudes the same spirit of excellence and professionalism for which this championship is known, and which adds significantly to the legacy of this great event.”