Koro Creek to host SA's top PGA pros
JOHANNESBURG (14 December 2015) - The 2016 PGA National Championship presented by Diners Club will make history when it travels to the Limpopo Province for the first time, with Koro Creek Bushveld Golf Estate set to host the premier tournament on the PGA of South Africa's calendar.
The tournament features all of the country's PGA professionals competing for a total prize fund of R250 000 from 9-12 May.
This is the second major tournament to be played at Koro Creek this year after it also hosted a Sunshine Tour event.
"In terms of prestige and the history of the PGA National Championship, I think this is the biggest tournament we have hosted in our history," said David Riddle, a PGA member and the General Manager at Koro Creek.
The PGA National Championship, which first teed off in 1983, is contested solely by PGA professionals and not touring professionals.
Albertinia Golf Club's Blanche Lamprecht was the 2015 champion after winning at Oubaai Golf Club with a total of three-under-par 213, fighting off the challenge of multiple Sunshine Tour winner Roger Wessels.
Michael Michell and Kenneth Dube took second place on two under par, with Wessels finishing in a share of fifth.
"We are very excited about hosting this event. The PGA National Championship rotates every year between the five regions, and this year it was awarded to the Gauteng North region, which we fall under along with Mpumalanga and North West. So if you look at the type of golf courses that are in this entire region, which are some of the best courses in the country, then we are very proud to have been awarded this tournament," said Riddle.
According to Riddle, Koro Creek will provide a good test for the country's PGA professionals.
"It's going to be a true reflection of golf in our region, which is a bushveld golf experience. It's a small golf course and not very long, but it is tight and challenging. It requires a bit of shotmaking skills, you need a good short game and you must keep the ball in play."