Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World will once again host one of the most esteemed amateur golf tournaments, the Duke of Edinburgh Championship in May 2012.

Golf enthusiasts in and around Durban can look forward to the regional leg teeing off at the Durban Country Club on Monday 7 May 2012. Under the patronage of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh Cup Golf Tournament was established to raise money for International Golf for Youth Limited and local charities in South Africa.

The tournament, which attracts participation from more than 10 countries around the world, has raised well over five million dollars for selected beneficiaries and numerous local causes since its inception in 2000. The South African leg of the tournament which is sponsored by Tsogo Sun will be held at 13 properties owned and operated by the gaming giant nationally:

Silverstar Casino (Thursday, 1 March 2012 – Copperleaf Golf Estate),
Garden Route Casino (Wednesday, 7 March 2012 – Pinnacle Point Golf Course),
Goldfields Casino (Friday, 9 March 2012 – Oppenheimer Park Golf Club),
Blackrock Casino (Wednesday, 14 March 2012 – Newcastle Golf Club),
Emnotweni Casino (Friday, 30 March 2012 – White River Country Club),
The Ridge Casino & Entertainment Resort (Friday, 20 April 2012 – Witbank Golf Club),
Mykonos Casino(Thursday, 26 April 2012 – Langebaan Country Estate ),
Suncoast Casino & Entertainment World (Monday, 7 May 2012 – Durban Country Club),
Hemingways Casino (Friday, 11 May 2012 – East London Golf Club),
The Caledon Casino (Wednesday, 16 May 2012 – Arabella Golf Club),
Golden Horse Casino (Friday, 18 May 2012 – Victoria Country Club),
Gold Reef City Casino(Thursday, 24 May 2012 – Glenvista Country Club),
Montecasino(Wednesday, 30 May 2012 – Randpark Golf Club).
Mike Dowsley, Executive Director of Suncoast Casino & Entertainment World in Durban, said: “Not only does Suncoast focus on bringing the best entertainment to your doorstep but also promotes both the development of communities and sports.”

“The Duke of Edinburgh Championship gives us a platform to encourage amateur golfers to play their best hand locally and nationally as well as to give back to those communities that form part of our CSI initiatives.”

With the format having changed in 2012, players will now follow the international Duke of Edinburgh Cup Competition format.

Competition 1 – Combined Individual Stableford – Pairs.

Players must have an official handicap in order to compete in this competition
The competing fourball will be required to split up into two teams of two players each.
The Individual Stableford points of the 2 players will be combined to achieve a total Stableford Points
Score for each team.
The winning team will qualify for the National Final
Prizes will be awarded to the top 8 Pairs.
Competition 2 – Fourball – Alliance

Two Scores to count on all holes
Should a player not have an official handicap then they must play off their last official handicap.
Alternatively a maximum of 18 for men and 24 for ladies will apply.
Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 fourball Teams
The winning pair (from each qualifying day) will compete in the final shootout at Blair Atholl Golf course, from which the overall winners secures their place in the Duke of Edinburgh Cup Championship in the United Kingdom later this year.

Source: Tsogo Sun Gaming