Wednesday, 06 January 2021 19:28

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Photo (From Left to Right): Nabeel Gani (COO), Riaz Gani (CEO), Ahmed Gani (Chairman) and Junaid Gani (CFO) of the Kit Kat Group, the sponsor of the new R1 million Kit Kat Group Pro-Am on the Sunshine Tour that will be played at Houghton Golf Club from 5-7 February.

The inaugural R1-million Kit Kat Group Pro-Am will tee off the Sunshine Tour's 2021 schedule at Houghton Golf Club this February, ushering in a run of seven tournaments including three that will be co-sanctioned with the European Challenge Tour.

The 54-hole Kit Kat Group Pro-Am makes its debut on the Sunshine Tour's calendar from 5-7 February with a field of 72 professionals competing alongside 60 invited amateurs in a two-day in-tournament pro-am, and with the final round reserved for the professionals.

The final three hours of the final round of the tournament will be live streamed on DStv Now.

As with all Sunshine Tour events, the Kit Kat Group Pro-Am will be played according to strict government COVID-19 health protocols and follow the same highly successful health protocols employed by the Tour during last year's Rise-Up Series.

"We welcome the Kit Kat Group to our Sunshine Tour family and are delighted that this new tournament will tee off what we believe is a strong start to our 2021 professional golf year," said Thomas Abt, Commissioner of the Sunshine Tour.

Riaz Gani, CEO of the Kit Kat Group, said: "We are extremely pleased to partner with the Sunshine Tour, which is a brand that aligns perfectly with our own. The Kit Kat Group has been built on a foundation of trust and with a focus to offer real value to our customers. The Sunshine Tour and South African professional golf presents a similar value offering. Golf also represents the kind of focus you need to succeed in life, and we feel strongly that the game of golf needs all the support it can get as it plays a vital role in developing important life skills amongst our youth."

The Kit Kat Group Pro-Am will be a vital tournament for the Sunshine Tour professionals as not only their first tournament of the new year, but also the first tournament before the three-week stretch of the Dimension Data Pro-Am, the Cape Town Open and the Limpopo Championship which will be co-sanctioned with the European Challenge Tour.

"We had a very positive finish to what was a difficult 2020 with our three European Tour co-sanctioned tournaments. To now be able to welcome a new sponsor and tournament to our schedule continues the excellent momentum we built up at the end of 2020 as we continue our drive to offer our members greater playing opportunities," said Abt.