2006–07 Sunshine Tour

The 2006–07 Sunshine Tour was the seventh season of professional golf tournaments since the southern Africa based Sunshine Tour was rebranded in 2000. It marked the last year of a seasonal calendar. The Sunshine Tour represents the highest level of competition for male professional golfers in the region.

In 2005–06 there had been 21 tournaments. Of those, two tournaments were last held in 2005, but there were eight tournaments added for the 2006–07 schedule bringing the total up to 27. The tour was based predominantly in South Africa, with 24 of the 27 tournaments being held in the country. One event each was held in Swaziland, Zambia and Namibia. The new tournaments were the Stanbic Zambia Open, which returned after a hiatus in 2005, two South African Airways Pro-Am Invitational tournaments, the Sun Coast Classic, the Eskom Power Cup, the Coca-Cola Charity Championship, the first sanctioned year of the Nedbank Golf Challenge, and the Joburg Open which was co-sanctioned by the European Tour.

The Order of Merit was won for the third straight time by Charl Schwartzel.


The table below shows schedule of events for the 2006–07 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, with three events being co-sanctioned with the European Tour.

With the switch to a calendar-based schedule in 2007, the last five events of the 2006–07 season were also considered part of the 2007 schedule, and counted towards the final standings of both.

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
2006 17–19 Mar Stanbic Zambia Open Nchanga Golf Club, Zambia 750,000 South Africa Steve Basson (2) Returns to tour after one-year hiatus [1]
2006 19–21 Apr Vodacom Origins of Golf Tour (Arabella) Arabella Country Club 400,000 South Africa Jean Hugo (3) [2]
2006 27–29 Apr South African Airways Pro-Am Invitational, Cape Town Paarl Golf Glub 350,000 South Africa Jean Hugo (4) New tournament [3]
2006 3-6 May Samsung Royal Swazi Sun Open Royal Swazi Sun Country Club, Swaziland 550,000 South Africa Thomas Aiken (6) [4]
2006 11–13 May Sun Coast Classic Durban Country Club 350,000 South Africa Alex Haindl (1) New tournament [5]
2006 18–20 May South African Airways Pro-Am Invitational, Johannesburg Kempton Park Golf Club 400,000 Zimbabwe Tongoona Charamba (1) New tournament [6]
2006 24–26 May Vodacom Origins of Golf Tour (Pretoria) Pretoria Country Club 400,000 South Africa Vaughn Groenewald (1) [7]
2006 28–30 Jun Vodacom Origins of Golf Tour (Kwazulu Natal) Selborne Golf Club 400,000 South Africa Rossouw Loubser [8]
2006 16–18 Aug Vodacom Origins of Golf Tour (Bloemfontein) Bloemfontein Golf Club 400,000 South Africa Rossouw Loubser [9]
2006 23–25 Aug Telkom PGA Pro-Am Centurion Country Club 350,000 South Africa Doug McGuigan (2) [10]
2006 31 Aug – 2 Sep Eskom Power Cup Wanderers Golf Club 350,000 South Africa Trevor Fisher Jnr (2) New tournament [11]
2006 13–15 Sep Vodacom Origins of Golf Tour (Pezula) Pezula Championship Course 400,000 South Africa Kevin Stone (4) [12]
2006 28–30 Sep Seekers Travel Pro-Am Dainfern Country Club 350,000 South Africa Desvonde Botes (13) [13]
2006 4–6 Oct Vodacom Origins of Golf Tour Final Montagu Golf Course, Fancourt 400,000 South Africa Darren Fichardt (5) [14]
2006 13–15 Oct Bearing Man Highveld Classic Witbank Golf Club 400,000 South Africa Darren Fichardt (6) [15]
2006 19–21 Oct MTC Namibia PGA Championship Windhoek Country Club, Namibia 650,000 South Africa Anton Haig (2) [16]
2006 26–28 Oct Platinum Classic Mooinooi Golf Club 600,000 South Africa Vaughn Groenewald (2) [17]
2006 16–19 Nov Limpopo Classic Polokwane Golf Club 1,000,000 South Africa Bradford Vaughan (8) Last year of this tournament [18]
2006 21–23 Nov Coca-Cola Charity Championship Arabella Country Club 500,000 South Africa Alan Michell (1) New tournament [19]
2006 30 Nov – 3 Dec Nedbank Golf Challenge Gary Player Country Club $4,385,000 United States Jim Furyk First year as sanctioned tournament [20]
2006 7–10 Dec Alfred Dunhill Championship Leopard Creek Country Club ,1000,000 Spain Álvaro Quirós Co-sanctioned with European Tour [21]
2006 14–17 Dec South African Airways Open Humewood Golf Club 1,000,000 South Africa Ernie Els (15) Co-sanctioned with European Tour [22]
2007 11–14 Jan Joburg Open Royal JHB & Kens – East 1,000,000 Argentina Ariel Cañete Co-sanctioned with European Tour
New tournament
2007 25–28 Jan Dimension Data Pro-Am Gary Player Country Club 1,600,000 South Africa Louis Oosthuizen (2) [24]
2007 1–4 Feb Nashua Masters Wild Coast Sun Country Club 1,200,000 South Africa Jean Hugo (5) [25]
2007 15–18 Feb Vodacom Championship Pretoria Country Club 2,200,000 South Africa Richard Sterne (2) [26]
2007 22–25 Feb Telkom PGA Championship Country Club Johannesburg 2,250,000 South Africa Louis Oosthuizen (3) [27]

Order of Merit

RankPlayer[28]CountryEventsPrize money (R)
1 Charl Schwartzel  South Africa 7 1,585,117.41
2 Louis Oosthuizen  South Africa 8 1,314,739.00
3 Hennie Otto  South Africa 18 1,274,339.64
4 Andrew McLardy  South Africa 6 1,239,925.62
5 Darren Fichardt  South Africa 13 1,160,182.00

Ernie Els was the highest money winner (with R1,734,659.33) but did not qualify for the Order of Merit, having only played in three events. Álvaro Quirós was second in the money list (with R1,497,033.00) thanks to his victory in the Alfred Dunhill Championship, but as a non-tour member and having not entered sufficient events, he was also ineligible for the Order of Merit.


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