South African Masters

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This article is about the golf tournament. For the darts tournament, see South African Masters (darts).
South African Masters
Tournament information
Location South Africa Eastern Cape, South Africa
Established 1960
Course(s) Wild Coast Sun CC
Par 70
Length 6,351 yards
Tour(s) Sunshine Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund R1,200,000
Month played November
Tournament record score
Aggregate 263 Darren Fichardt (2009)
To par -19 Desvonde Botes (1999)
Current champion
South Africa Shaun Norris

The Nashua Masters, as it is currently known for sponsorship reasons, is one of the most prestigious golf tournaments on the Sunshine Tour. It is currently played in November with a prize fund of 1.2 million rand, and since 2001, has been held at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

The tournament has its roots in the South African Professional Match Play Championship, the running of which was taken over by the PGA of South Africa in 1957. At the same time the name was changed to the Dunlop Masters, and then three years later the format was changed to stroke play, and the current South African Masters was born.

The first event, at Houghton Golf Club in 1960, was won by Gary Player with an aggregate score of 266, a record that stood for 44 years. Player's total was equalled in 1970 by John Fourie, who remains the only amateur to claim the title. Andrew McLardy posted 264 at the Wild Coast resort in 2004 and Darren Fichardt holds the current mark of 263 set on the par-70 course in 2009.

The South African Masters, along with the South African Open and the South African PGA Championship form the Triple Crown. Winning all three titles in the same season is a feat only achieved by Bobby Locke, Gary Player and Ernie Els.[1]

Winners[edit]

Year Season Winner Score
Nashua Masters
2011 2011 South Africa Shaun Norris 271 (-9)
2010 2010 South Africa Warren Abery 267 (-13)
2009 2009 South Africa Darren Fichardt 263 (-17)
2008 2008 Zimbabwe Marc Cayeux 268 (-12)
2007 2007
2006–07
South Africa Jean Hugo 269 (-11)PO
2006 2005–06 South Africa Warren Abery 265 (-15)
2005 2004–05 South Africa Richard Sterne 269 (-11)
2004 2003–04 South Africa Andrew McLardy 264 (-16)
2002 2002–03 South Africa Hennie Otto 279 (-1)
2002 2001–02 England Justin Rose 265 (-15)
Nashua Nedtel Cellular Masters
2001 2000–01 Zimbabwe Mark McNulty 274 (-6)
South African Masters
2000 1999–00 No tournament
1999 1998–99 South Africa Desvonde Botes 269 (-19)
1998 1997–98 No tournament
San Lameer South African Masters
1997 1996–97 Zimbabwe Mark McNulty 276 (-12)
1996 1995–96 South Africa Wayne Westner 280 (-8)
Telekom South African Masters
1995 1994–95 United States Scott Dunlap 279 (-9)PO
1994 1993–94 England Chris Davison 281 (-7)
EVS South African Masters
1993 1992–93 Zimbabwe Tony Johnstone 275 (-13)
1992 1991–92 South Africa Ernie Els 275 (-13)
Twee Jonge Gezellen Masters
1990 South Africa Fulton Allem 276 (-12)
1989 South Africa Hugh Baiocchi 281
Safmarine South African Masters
1988 South Africa John Bland 275
1987 South Africa David Frost 273
1986 Zimbabwe Mark McNulty 270
1985 Zimbabwe Mark McNulty 278
1984 Zimbabwe Tony Johnstone 277
1983 No tournament
SAB South African Masters
1982 Zimbabwe Mark McNulty 275
1981 Zimbabwe Nick Price 281 (-7)
1980 No tournament
Kronenbrau South African Masters
1979 South Africa Gary Player 270
1978 South Africa Dale Hayes 275
Dunlop South African Masters
1977 South Africa Gary Player 270
1976 South Africa Gary Player 268 (-12)
1975* South Africa John Fourie 199
1974 South Africa Gary Player 270
1973 South Africa Gary Player 268
1972 South Africa Gary Player 267
1971 South Africa Gary Player 269
1970 South Africa John Fourie (A) 266
1969 South Africa Bobby Cole 280
1968 South Africa Allan Henning 278
1967 South Africa Gary Player 279
1966 South Africa Cedric Amm 276
1965 South Africa Denis Hutchinson 281
1964 South Africa Gary Player 285
1963 South Africa Bruce Keyter 291
1962 South Africa Denis Hutchinson 280
1961 South Africa Denis Hutchinson 276
1960 South Africa Gary Player 266

* - Event reduced to 54 holes in 1975[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of the South African Masters sponsored by Nashua". Sunshine Tour. 30 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
  2. ^ "Nashua Masters Information Sheet". supersport.co.za. Retrieved 2008-11-26. 

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