2002–03 Sunshine Tour

The 2002–03 Sunshine Tour was the third 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 15 official events on the schedule. This was an decrease of eight from the previous year, and represents the fewest in the 15 seasons that Sunshine Tour has existed. There were eight tournaments from the previous season that were eliminated: the Goldfields Powerade Classic, the Bloemfontein Classic, the Randfontein Classic, the Atlantic Beach Classic, the Western Cape Classic, the Graceland Challenge, Cock of the North (Zambia), and the CABS/Old Mutual Zimbabwe Open (which resumed in 2010). One new tournament was added: the Royal Swazi Sun Classic. The tour was based predominantly in South Africa, with 11 of the 15 official tournaments being held in the country. Two events were held in Swaziland, and one event each was held in Botswana and 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 Trevor Immelman.


The table below shows schedule of events for the 2002–03 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
2002 21–24 Feb Capital Alliance Royal Swazi Sun Open Royal Swazi Sun Country Club, Swaziland 275,000 South Africa Andrew McLardy (3) [1]
2002 7–10 Mar Stanbic Zambia Open Lusaka Golf Club, Zambia 450,000 Zimbabwe Marc Cayeux (5) Co-sanctioned with Challenge Tour [2]
2002 21–23 Mar FNB Botswana Open Gaborone Golf Club, Botswana 200,000 South Africa Hendrik Buhrmann (6) [3]
2002 9–11 May Limpopo Industrelek Classic Pietersburg Golf Club 125,000 South Africa Hennie Otto (3) [4]
2002 17–19 May Royal Swazi Sun Classic Royal Swazi Sun Country Club, Swaziland 100,000 South Africa James Kingston (7) Returning tournament after one year hiatus [5]
2002 26–28 Sep Vodacom Golf Classic Royal JHB & Kensington G.C 125,000 South Africa Ashley Roestoff (10) Last year of tournament [6]
2002 4–6 Oct Bearing Man Highveld Classic Witbank Golf Club 125,000 South Africa Titch Moore (3) [7]
2002 1–3 Nov Platinum Classic Mooi Nooi Golf Club 300,000 South Africa Titch Moore (4) [8]
2002 14–17 Nov Telkom PGA Championship Woodhill Country Club 650,000 South Africa Michiel Bothma (1) [9]
2002 21–24 Nov Nashua Masters Wild Coast Sun Country Club 500,000 South Africa Hennie Otto (4) [10]
2002 5–8 Dec Vodacom Players Championship Royal Cape Golf Club 1,000,000 Zimbabwe Mark McNulty (33) Last year of tournament [11]
2003 9–12 Jan South African Airways Open Erinvale Golf Club 3,000,000 South Africa Trevor Immelman (2) Co-sanctioned with European Tour [12]
2003 16–19 Jan Dunhill Championship Houghton Golf Club 2,500,000 England Mark Foster Co-sanctioned with European Tour [13]
2003 23–26 Jan Dimension Data Better-Ball Gary Player Country Club 100,000 South Africa Hennie Otto Unofficial tournament
Last year of tournament
2003 23–26 Jan Dimension Data Pro-Am Gary Player Country Club 1,000,000 South Africa Trevor Immelman (3) [15]
2003 30 Jan – 2 Feb The Tour Championship Leopard Creek Country Club 1,200,000 South Africa Hennie Otto (5) [16]

Order of Merit

RankPlayer[17]CountryEventsPrize money (R)
1 Trevor Immelman  South Africa 4 2,044,279.45
2 Mark Foster  England 4 1,110,935.00
3 Hennie Otto  South Africa 10 877,118.15
4 Bradford Vaughan  South Africa 13 854,746.01
5 Mark McNulty  Zimbabwe 7 580,960.42


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