Fisher fires to fabulous victory at Africa Open
Trevor Fisher Junior has been in strong contention in co-sanctioned events before since he was the leading amateur in the 1999 South African Open leading amateur and he is poised for his greatest triumph yet as he goes into the final round of the Africa Open at East London Golf Club on Sunday with a two-shot lead.
Fisher Junior fired a magnificent nine-under-par 63 with seven birdies and an eagle in the third round to vault to 16-under-par 200 - a near-faultless display of precision golf in tricky, windy conditions.
From its humble beginning as a regular Sunshine Tour event in 2008, the Africa Open has blossomed to a fully co-sanctioned tournament with the European Tour.
The championship has enjoyed unwavering support from its sponsors, in particular from the principal supporters Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality and the Eastern Cape Parks & Tourism Agency, since its inception. This sustained backing has seen the championship blossom and become one of the most prominent tournaments on the annual international golf schedule and one of the most esteemed tournaments on the African golfing calendar.
A proudly South African winner's list includes defending champion Thomas Aiken (2014), Darren Fichardt (2013), Louis Oosthuizen (2012 & 2011), Charl Schwartzel (2010), Retief Goosen (2009) and Shaun Norris (2008).
Not surprisingly, South Africa's unbroken record in the championship has added to the prestige and allure of the Africa Open. Although the players compete for the European Tour membership, world ranking points, Race to Dubai and Investec Cup points on offer, the chance to be the one to break the South African stranglehold in this premier championship has become the biggest draw card for the international players and rising stars who annually flock to the Eastern Cape.