The BCX Supersport Shootout was hosted by Val de Vie Estate for the first time, having acquired and incorporated the Pearl Valley Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course into its offering in 2016.
The BCX Supersport Shootout concept is based on establishing South Africa’s top celebrity golfer in an environment which replicates a US PGA Tour event. The event comprises an invitational field of top government officials, high profile corporate executives, and legendary South African sportsmen pitting the skills of Team BCX and Team SuperSport against one another, in addition to the traditional Individual and Betterball nett competitions. Now into its sixteenth year of existence, the tournament was played from 17-19 May 2019.
At the opening function, hosted by renowned chef Reuben Riffel at his recently established ‘Reuben’s & Co. Café’ on Val de Vie Estate, there was plenty of banter between the two team captains in the Ryder Cup-styled team competition, Jonas Bogoshi of Team BCX and Gideon Khobane of Team SuperSport, CEOs of their respective businesses.
At the end of day one, played in perfect, almost windless conditions, Siviwe Soyizwapi and Curwin Bosch had signed for a superb score of 10-under par 62, dove-tailing efficiently and setting an impressive target.
After their captain’s rousing motivational video on the first evening, Team BCX and powered their way into a seven-point lead after the first round and were quick to ‘bait’ their opponents at Saturday’s function. SuperSport’s captain Gideon Khobane’s response was to simply stand up and say to his team: “We are the World of Champions – and we will be champions tomorrow evening”.
His team took his words to heart and, after hauling in the seven-point deficit, proceeded to record a comfortable victory by 93.5 points to 87.5. And while Team SuperSport, Kevin Janse van Rensburg, Victor Matfield and Nick Mallett were the winners of the course, the important winners were those who will ultimately benefit from the funds raised by this tournament, the Tournament of Champions.
LIV Villages was once again one of the beneficiaries, while this year additional beneficiaries were the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation and the Val de Vie Foundation, that has done much uplifting work in their communities since its establishment.
Through pledges from players and sponsors, as well as through the charity auction conducted on the Saturday night, well over R1 million was raised over the course of the weekend, with the tournament total raised for charity since inception passing comfortably through the R25 million mark.
A stunning setting at Val de Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, a superbly presented Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course at Pearl Valley, generous product for the players from an amazing array of sponsors, all contributed towards the creation of a world-class event and atmosphere around it.
After 16 years, South Africa’s Tournament of Champions had found a way to raise the bar yet again.
Watch the official event video HERE