The prize money increase was announced at the pro-am prize giving on 30th January 2017 evening by councillor Nontshikelo Mokhoto, the MMC for sports, recreation, arts and culture, on behalf of city of Tshwane executive mayor, councillor Solly Msimanga.
“Their support reduced the cost of the event for the City of Tshwane and subsequently, the prize money has been raised to R400,000 this year. This investment reflects very positively on the tour’s growth and is another memorable milestone for the Sunshine Ladies Tour.
“The overall prize money in our first season was R1.75m and this year, our players are competing for more than R4m over nine events. The growth year-on-year is down to the support shown by Investec, the City of Tshwane and our other sponsors and their continued commitment bodes well for the growth and development of the ladies professional circuit.
“The Ladies Tshwane Open - like all the tournaments on the Sunshine Ladies Tour - is a platform to nurture and develop amateur talent and a stage where the country’s top players can come to showcase their talent and inspire the next generation.
“These tournaments represent the first step for our up-and-coming amateurs in their journey to the pro ranks. It provides a truly competitive stage where they can gain experience while testing themselves against top local and international competitors.”