Starting in October 2010 and ongoing through today, the Tour has been taken to a plateau where it is no longer viewed as simply a training ground for the PGA Tour. The Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour puts great emphasis on strong community support, well-organized events and development. It has helped more professionals acquire their PGA Tour cards than any other Development Tour in South Africa.
With professionalism, a focal point of this Tour, the golf community and corporate South Africa continues to be attracted to the high visibility and unique exposure opportunities presented by the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour
Our goal, simply put, is to provide the best tournament conditions to prepare players to compete on golf’s highest levels, as countless Big Easy IGT Tour members have done before.
In 2017 we became a proud partner of the Sunshine Tour and the official development tour for the Sunshine and Big Easy Tour.
Golf development in South Africa break new ground with the launch of the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour in April 2018.
Born out of a close collaboration between the Sunshine Tour and the IGT Challenge Tour, the co-sanctioned Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour comprise of 42 tournaments and a Tour Championship.
Both tours enjoyed tremendous success. The achievements of the Gary Player School members who campaigned on the IGT Challenge Tour in 2017, further motivated both tours to look for a way to combine the two circuits to advance the growth and development of golf in South Africa.
This new joint venture enabled us to stretch the existing Big Easy Tour from eight to 16 events. This will undoubtedly benefit our up-and-coming players.
Why play on the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour
- 15 Sunshine Tour Cards for Order of Merit Winners. (Refer Sunshine Tour Cards)
- World Ranking Points on Road To events.
- 15 spots for Sunshine Tour Q-School final stage.
- 41 Events, all year. (Schedule 2020 link)
- One of the best Golf Development Tours in the world.
- Multiple winners on Sunshine Tour & European Tour.
- Lowest cost of any golf development tour in the world. (Refer Development Tours)
- Partnership programs with Srixon, Rhode Island & Truefit.
- Sunshine Tour Rookie of the Year for last 9 years.
- 80% average success rate at Sunshine Tour Q-School last 9 year. 100% in 2019.
- Sunshine Tour Order of Merit Winners.
Sunshine Tour Cards
- Road to Sunshine Tour (15 events + Tour Champs) Top 6 on Order of Merit earns Sunshine Tour Card. Minimum 5 events to qualify.
- Transformation Road to Sunshine Tour (15 events + Tour Champs) Top 3 on Order of Merit earns Sunshine Tour Card. Minimum 5 events to qualify.
- Chase to Sunshine Tour (18 events) Top 3 on Order of Merit earns Sunshine Tour Card. Minimum 7 events to qualify.
- Transformation Chase to Sunshine Tour (18 events) Top 3 on Order of Merit earns Sunshine Tour Card. Minimum 7 events to qualify.
- The above Sunshine Tour Cards is for the 2021 Season.
- Only players who makes the cut receive Order of Merit Points.
Player Incentives on Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour
- Road to Sunshine Tour Order of Merit Top 30 before Tour Champs qualify to play in Tour Champs 2020.
- Road to Sunshine Tour (15 events + Tour Champs) Players in positions 1 – 30 earns Big Easy cards for 2021 season.
- Road to Sunshine Tour (15 events + Tour Champs) Players in positions 7 – 30 promotions to Sunshine Tour Q-School final stage 2021.
- Race to Q-School (6 events) Top 15 promotion to Sunshine Tour Q-School final stage 2021.
IGT Members to qualify for Road To events.
- The leading 10 and tied IGT members in IGT Chase To event, will qualify to play in the next Big Easy IGT Tournament.
• IGT ranked members fill the field up to the maximum advertised size (i.e. 132) for Road To events.
- Players receive points for their finishing position at each Chase To Event for the IGT Rankings Order of Merit 2020. The Rankings get updated after each Chase To event.
- Playing our 10th year in 2020.
- More than R18-million has been paid out in prize money and incentives.
- More than 2200 players have played on IGT.
- The #1 Developmental Tour in Africa.
- Over 350 Events Played.
- Multiple Winners on IGT Tour, Sunshine Tour and European Tour.
- Official partner of the Sunshine Tour.
- Official developmental Tour in South Africa.
- Gary Player Class of 2020/21 official development partner.
IGT Sunshine Q-School record