2001–02 Sunshine Tour

The 2001–02 Sunshine Tour was the second season of professional golf tournaments since the southern Africa based Sunshine Tour was rebranded in 2000. The Sunshine Tour represents the highest level of competition for male professional golfers in the region.

There were 22 official events on the schedule. This was an decrease of one from the previous year, but there was a significant change in the list of tournaments.

There were eight tournaments from the previous season that were eliminated or not played:

There were seven tournaments added for this season:

The tour was based predominantly in South Africa, with 17 of the 22 official tournaments being held in the country. One event each was held in Botswana, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe and two in Zambia. Two events, the Dunhill Championship and the South African Airways Open were co-sanctioned by the European Tour.

The Order of Merit was won by Tim Clark.


The table below shows schedule of events for the 2001–02 Sunshine Tour. As usual, the tour consisted of two distinct parts, commonly referred to as the "Summer Swing" and "Winter Swing". Tournaments held during the Summer Swing generally had much higher prize funds, attracted stronger fields, and were the only tournaments on the tour to carry world ranking points.

Prize funds shown did not count directly towards the Order of Merit. The number in brackets after each winner's name is the number of official money Sunshine Tour events he had won up to and including that tournament. This information is only shown for Sunshine Tour members.

Year Dates Tournament Venue
(RSA unless stated)
Prize fund
Winner Notes Ref
2001 8–11 Mar Stanbic Zambia Open Lusaka Golf Club, Zambia 275,000 England Mark Foster [1]
2001 16–18 Mar Cock of the North Ndola Golf Club, Zambia 100,000 Zimbabwe Sean Farrell Last year of tournament [2]
2001 29–31 Mar FNB Botswana Open Gaborone Golf Club, Botswana 125,000 Zimbabwe Marc Cayeux (4) [3]
2001 20–22 Apr Royal Swazi Sun Classic Royal Swazi Sun Country Club, Swaziland 100,000 South Africa Titch Moore (2) New tournament [4]
2001 10–12 May Pietersburg Industrelek Classic Pietersburg Golf Club 100,000 South Africa Ryan Reid [5]
2001 7–9 Sep Goldfields Powerade Classic Oppenheimer Park Golf Club 100,000 South Africa Callie Swart (2) New tournament, only played in 2001 [6]
2001 11–13 Sep Bloemfontein Classic Schoeman Park Golf Club 100,000 South Africa André Cruse New tournament, first time played since 1995 [7]
2001 26–28 Sep Randfontein Classic Randfontein Country Club 100,000 South Africa James Kingston (4) New tournament, only played in 2001 [8]
2001 5–7 Oct Bearing Man Highveld Classic Witbank Golf Club 100,000 South Africa Justin Hobday (6) [9]
2001 10–12 Oct Atlantic Beach Classic Atlantic Beach Golf Club 100,000 South Africa James Kingston (5) New tournament, only played in 2001 [10]
2001 18–20 Oct Western Cape Classic Rondebosch Golf Club 100,000 South Africa Lindani Ndwandwe (1) Last year of tournament [11]
2001 25–27 Oct Vodacom Trophy Zwartkop Country Club 100,000 South Africa Ulrich van den Berg (2) New tournament [12]
2001 8–10 Nov Graceland Challenge Graceland Country Club 100,000 South Africa Warren Abery (2) New tournament, only played in 2001 [13]
2001 16–18 Nov Platinum Classic Mooi Nooi Golf Club 225,000 South Africa Roger Wessels (9) [14]
2001 22–25 Nov CABS/Old Mutual Zimbabwe Open Chapman Golf Club, Zimbabwe 450,000 South Africa Darren Fichardt (3) Last year of tournament until 2010 [15]
2001 7–9 Dec Vodacom Players Championship Royal Cape Golf Club 800,000 South Africa Ernie Els (12) [16]
2002 10–13 Jan Bell's South African Open Championship Durban Country Club 4,250,000 South Africa Tim Clark (1) Co-sanctioned with European Tour [17]
2002 17–20 Jan Dunhill Championship Houghton Golf Club 3,500,000 England Justin Rose (1) Co-sanctioned with European Tour [18]
2002 24–27 Jan Telkom PGA Championship Woodhill Country Club 475,000 England Chris Williams (9) [19]
2002 31 Jan – 3 Feb Dimension Data Better Ball Gary Player Country Club 110,000 South Africa André Cruse Unofficial tournament [20]
2002 31 Jan – 3 Feb Dimension Data Pro-Am Gary Player Country Club 1,250,000 South Africa Retief Goosen (4) [21]
2002 7–10 Feb Nashua Masters Wild Coast Sun Country Club 500,000 England Justin Rose (2) [22]
2002 14–17 Feb The Tour Championship Leopard Creek Country Club 1,100,000 South Africa Nicholas Lawrence [23]

Order of Merit

RankPlayer[24]CountryEventsPrize money (R)
1 Tim Clark  South Africa 7 1,669,900.71
2 Justin Rose  England 4 1,476,005.60
3 Retief Goosen  South Africa 4 1,364,977.34
4 Martin Maritz  South Africa 8 1,042,806.00
5 James Kingston  South Africa 10 706,234.01


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