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Sanlam Cancer Challenge

Since its launch in 1993, the Sanlam Cancer Challenge (SCC) has made great strides in creating awareness and raising funds for CANSA to conduct research, educate the public and provide support.

The challenge draws more than 35 000 participants countrywide playing in over 800 Club Competitions.

Club Registrations

Sanlam Cancer Challenge club registrations closed

Competition Phases

Important dates to remember, from registration to final entries

Tournament Guide

All you need to know if you are running a competition

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Club Registration

Sanlam Cancer Challenge club registrations closed.


Important Dates:

  • Registration for Club Competitions: Opens 1 March 2019 and closes 30 June 2019.
  • Club Competitions: To be played from 1 March to 31 August 2019.
  • Regional Finals: None this year.
  • Club Payments: All funds raised for CANSA to be deposited by 29 August 2019.
  • Ernie Els Experience Lucky Draw: Entries close on 13 September 2019, and draw to take place on 1 October 2019.
  • R25 000 Club Challenge Lucky Draw: Deadline for payments to CANSA is 20 September 2019, and draw to take place on 1 October 2019.
  • Final: None this year.

Important note: Please ensure that you submit your registration form as early as possible, to allow ample time for staffing and logistical arrangements.



Tournament Guide

Updated Sanlam Cancer Challenge logo

Tournament Poster for Clubs

Lucky Draws

Non-Handicapped Golfer Lucky Draw

It has come to our attention that some clubs battle to fill the draw in their annual Club Competitions. This year we are offering clubs the opportunity to run a separate competition, for non-handicapped golfers, in the open slots in their draw. The winners (leading man and woman) the Club can enter into a national Lucky Draw.

The prize: Sanlam Cancer Challenge Gift

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Show your support, and join the fight against cancer – every little bit helps. To date we’ve raised:


Sanlam Cancer Challenge Initiatives

Much-needed funds are raised by the Sanlam Cancer Challenge to assist CANSA with its valuable services, which include patient facilitation, a toll-free information line, counselling, day-care centres, interim homes and volunteer services.

In 2018 we helped raise a total of R4.3 million - the most successful year since the annual tournament began in 1993. This year we aim to reach R5 million, which will be used by CANSA to fund its unique integrated service that involves research, education and support.

CANSA spends approximately R12 million each year on valuable research.

More than R600 000 is contributed towards research projects in terms of environmental carcinogen (cancer-causing substances) to enable the public to make the right choices. The rest of the funding is used for the following:

  • Support to more than 31 research projects at universities
  • Grant bursaries to post-graduate students
  • Help fund research initiatives

Apart from its health awareness campaigns, CANSA reaches remote areas in South Africa through its Mobile Health Clinics to provide screening and early detection programmes. This includes:

  • Clinical breast examinations
  • SureTouch - screening for breast cancer pap smears
  • Screening test for the early diagnosis of cervical cancer
  • Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) tests - a finger-prick blood test to help detect prostate abnormalities
  • FotoFinder screening - mole mapping dermoscope devices for detecting skin cancer
  • Colorectal cancer screening - testing for occult (concealed) blood in stool

The five health awareness campaigns that are actively driven by CANSA are:

  • Balanced Lifestyle
  • SunSmart
  • No-Tobacco
  • Women’s & Men’s Health, as well as Children & Youth Health
  • Environment

CANSA offers care and support through numerous mediums and initiatives.

  • Home-from-home accommodation at the CANSA Care Homes and the Theunis Fichardt Hospitium
  • Free transport to and from cancer treatment centres
  • Nutritious meals for cancer patients
  • Advice and specialist wound care
  • Support to children or teens and families affected by cancer
  • Free lodging for parents or guardians whose children are undergoing cancer treatment in Pretoria; Durban; at the CANSA TLC Paediatric Oncology Ward in Polokwane; and at the CANSA TLC Support Rooms in Kimberley and Port Elizabeth
  • Support to approximately 20 800 cancer patients and their families in over 333 communities with the help of 2015 volunteers
  • Providing medical equipment to cancer patients to help them cope (this include wigs, breast prosthesis and wheel chairs)
  • CANSA eKickButt – an online programme to help people quit smoking
  • iSurvivor – an online programme to help guide cancer survivors (
  • CANSA offers care & support – individual & group programmes
  • Stoma care units, which offer affordable & comprehensive stoma products
  • The CancerCare Coping Kit, which provides information and practical tips to make coping with cancer easier for patients and their loved ones

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Thank you to everyone who contributed towards the fight against cancer by showing interest and participating in the Sanlam Cancer Challenge. Congratulations, also to our golfing enthusiasts for their great achievements during the challenge. Celebrated golfers, proud moments and grand prizes are but a few of the captured features at the Sanlam Cancer Challenge.



Q: What is the Objective of the Sanlam Cancer Challenge?
A: To raise funds & create awareness in the fight against Cancer.

Q: What do Clubs gain from running a Club Competition?
A: Offers members an opportunity to join the fight against cancer, a disease that touches us all.

Q: How is money raised for CANSA?
A: R75 entry fee per participant goes directly to CANSA.
A: Additional funds through a raffle or auction arranged by the club or tournament representative.

Q: How do I register my Club?

Q: Can anyone play in a Club Competition?
A: Any male or female amateur golfer may take part, however only the host clubs members may advance to the Regional Finals.

Q: What is the cut-off date for a Club Competition hosting?
A: Competition must be played by 31 July.

Q: What is the format of Competition?
A: Individual Stableford

Q: What are the division Categories?

Men Division A Division B Division C
HDCP 0 - 9 10 - 18 19 - 30 Max
Women Division A Division B Division C
HDCP 0 - 16 17 - 24 25 - 36

Q: What assistance do the Tournament Organisers give the clubs?
A: Please contact Marya Roux or (011) 234-9633 for further assistance for example:
- Generic insert for club newsletter making members aware of club competition
- Local community newspaper press release

Q: What are the prizes for the day?
A: Each club participating in the Sanlam Cancer Challenge will be provided with prizes.

Q: Can a golfer use a golf cart?
A: Club Competition: Yes if permitted by the local rules agreed by the host club.

Q: Which tees do players play from?
A: All men: Irrespective of division, in which they participate, play from the same tee markers.
A: All Women: Irrespective of division, in which they participate, play from the same tee markers.
N: Clubs are encouraged to set up tee markers to ensure golfers of all abilities can play.

Q: I'm a senior golfer handicapped from the forward tees. What is my official handicap if I play from the club tees?
A: The Sanlam Cancer Challenge Conditions of Competition (which can be downloaded from state two things relevant to the answer to this question:
1. You need to play from your official handicap in accordance with the criteria laid down SAGA Handicapping System (see condition 3.5); and
2. All players in the Mens competition must play from the same tee (see condition 2.3).

So if a senior golfer, whose handicapped off the forward tees, has an official handicap of 18, for example, and plays in his club competition from the club tees then his handicap will be adjusted as outlined in the SA Golf Handicap Manual point 11(which is available on as follows: assuming the course par for the forward tees is 72 with an SR of 70. The club tee course par is also 72 with SR of 72. The senior golfer in this case will play from his handicap + 2 shot = 20.

Q: How do clubs enter division winners into the Regional Finals?
A: Fill out the Regional finals entry form and submit to affiliated Union, refer to Tournament Guide page 21.

Q: What is the Ernie Els Experience?
A: The purpose: to create awareness of the Sanlam Cancer Challenge, and its fundraising efforts, and highlight the involvement of the Sanlam Cancer Challenge’s Champion of Hope, one of South Africa’s greatest Golf ambassadors, Ernie Els.

Q: How to enter?
A: Els Experience

Q: What is the Prize?
A: A game of golf (18 holes) at Oubaai Golf Club, George. A tour of Ernie Els Winery including Light Lunch, Evening dinner at the Big Easy Restaurant. All transfers, accommodation and meals for the two days; Return transport to the airport. All other costs are for the winner’s own account.


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All Club Registration Queries, Communication and Prize Delivery will be handled through one central office, headed up by Mantoine van Biljon, any queries can be directed to:

Sanlam Cancer Challenge Admin Office
Tel: 013 741 5442
Fax: 086 540 6903
(Queries desk available: 09h00 – 12h00 weekdays)

Please do not contact the Sanlam Office but rather send an email to the SCC Office address above and we will respond to your query as soon as possible. All relevant communication will follow post receiving your registration for Club Competition.




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