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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 40 000 participants countrywide playing in over 800 Club Competitions.

Club Registration

Do your bit and register now for the Sanlam Cancer Challenge

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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2016 Winners

Over 40 000 golfers from South Africa and neighbouring countries competed at the 2016 Sanlam Cancer Challenge. De Villiers Uys (Lambert’s Bay) won the Men’s Overall and Men’s A Division titles with 79 points, and Louise Olivier (Devonvale Country Club) won The Women’s Overall title with 74 points.

For a detailed account of all the event highlights, download the 2016 Sanlam Cancer Challenge press release.

Sanlam Cancer Challenge

Club Registration

Please complete the form below to register your club for the 2017 Sanlam Cancer Challenge. Once you’ve registered, we will email you the Club Competition registration form.

Competitions

Important Dates:

  • Club Competitions: : Entries are now open. Club Competitions must take place between 1 March and 30 June 2017.
  • Regional Finals: To be played between 1 July and 12 August 2017 (6 weeks).
  • Finals: To take place from 9 to 10 October 2017 at Sun City. Regional Final Divisional Winners must enter by no later than 31 August 2017.

Important note: A minimum of 2 weeks’ lead-time is required to deliver Club Competition prizes. Please ensure that you submit your registration form with enough time to spare.

Registration of Club Competitions

Registrations for the 2017 Club Competitions are now open. Please complete and submit the online registration form to enroll your club in this year’s Sanlam Cancer Challenge.

Why Register

The purpose of registration is to inform the organisers of the date on which your club will be hosting its Club Competition. This allows us to keep track of the respective Club Competitions, and ensure timeous delivery of prizes and handouts

Staging Dates

Club Competitions may only be hosted from 1 March to 30 June 2017. Should your club stage its competitions after the cut-off date, the winners may miss the closing date for entries into the Regional Final.

Staging Dates

All Regional Finals must be hosted from 1 July to 12 August 2017. Please note that unions are responsible for informing member clubs of both the date on which their Regional Final will be played and the closing date for entries.

Entering Regional Finalists into the Final

Divisional winners must be entered, by each Union, into the Final before 31 August 2017, using the online entry form provided. Replacements for withdrawals will only be considered up until 9 September 2017.

Men's Regional Final Dates

Date Regional Final Venue
30 July 2017 Southern Cape Golf Union + Plettenberg Bay C.C.
06 August 2017 Eastern Province Golf Union + St Francis Links
12 August 2017 Northern Cape Golf Union Magersfontein Memorial G.C.
12 August 2017 Boland Golf Union Robertson G.C.
12 August 2017 Free State Golf Union Bethlehem G.C.
13 August 2017 Gauteng North Golf Union Zwartkop CC
13 August 2017 North West Province Golf Union Magalies Park Golf Club
19 August 2017 Namibia + Omeya G.C.
19 August 2017 Mpumalanga Golf Union (Lowveld) + Pilgrims Rest G.C.
19 August 2017 Mpumalanga Golf Union (Highveld) + Volksrust G.C.
19 August 2017 Central Gauteng Golf Union Country Club Johannesburg (Rocklands)
20 August 2017 Kwazulu-Natal Golf Union (South) Umdoni Park G.C.
20 August 2017 Kwazulu-Natal Golf Union (North) Victoria C.C.
20 August 2017 Border Golf Union + West Bank G.C
+ - Denotes that Regional Final is combined with WGSA Union

Women's Regional Final Dates

Date Regional Final Venue
30 July 2017 Southern Cape Ladies Golf Union + Plettenberg Bay C.C.
06 August 2017 Boland Ladies Golf Arabella C.C.
06 August 2017 Eastern Province Women's Golf + St Francis Links
12 August 2017 Northern Cape Ladies Golf Union Kimberley Golf Club
12 August 2017 Free State Ladies Golf Union Bloemfontein G.C.
13 August 2017 North West Women's Golf Sandy Lane G.C.
13 August 2017 Gauteng North Golf Union Waterkloof G.C.
19 August 2017 Womens Golf Mpumalanga (Lowveld) + Pilgrims Rest G.C.
19 August 2017 Womens Golf Mpumalanga (Highveld) + Volksrust G.C.
19 August 2017 Namibia + Omeya G.C.
20 August 2017 Kwazulu-Natal Ladies Golf Association (North) Kloof C.C.
20 August 2017 Kwazulu-Natal Ladies Golf Association (South) Maritzburg C.C.
20 August 2017 Border Ladies Golf Union + West Bank G.C
24 August 2017 Ladies Golf Gauteng Killarney G.C.
26 August 2017 Ekurhuleni Women's Golf + Kempton Park G.C.
26 August 2017 Limpopo Ladies Golf Union + Drakensig G.C. (Hoedspruit)
27 August 2017 Womens Golf Western Province + Parow G.C.
+ - Denotes that Regional Final is combined with SAGA Union

In celebration of their victory, the 2016 Sanlam Cancer Challenge winners were treated to the golfing experience of a lifetime – the Ernie Els Experience. This prestigious prize included a visit to the Ernie Els Winery, a guided tour of the cellar and Trophy Room, a wine tasting experience, and dinner at The Big Easy. The winners also had the opportunity to meet our Champion of Hope in the flesh, before playing 18 holes at Oubaai – a course designed by Ernie Els.

Join our Champion of Hope in our drive against cancer.

 

Tournament Guide

Download our updated Sanlam Cancer Challenge logo

Lucky Draws

R25 000 Club Challenge Lucky Draw

In celebration of our 25th year we’re challenging clubs and individuals to help us raise a record-breaking amount for CANSA.

The prize: Clubs will stand a chance to win a fourball into the Delegates Competition of the Sanlam Cancer Challenge Final – all expenses paid. Terms and conditions apply.

To enter: At least R25 000 for CANSA must be raised in order to get one entry into the draw. For every R25 000 raised thereafter, the club will receive one additional entry into the lucky draw.

 

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: Four lucky golfers will be invited to participate in the Sanlam Cancer Challenge Final, all expenses paid. Terms and conditions apply.

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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 2014 we helped raise a total of R3.4 million - the most successful year since the annual tournament began in 1993. This year we aim to reach R3.5 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 (www.isurvivor.org.za)
  • 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.

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FAQ

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?
A: www.sanlamcancerchallenge.co.za

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 ssanlamcancerchallenge@syner-g.co.za 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 www.sanlamcancerchallenge.co.za) 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 www.handicaps.co.za) 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 form “Regional Final Entry Form” and submit to affiliated Union, refer to Tournament Guide page 21.

Q: Where do we find the dates of our Regional Finals?
A: Visit www.sanlamcancerchallenge.co.za tab "competitions".

Q: How can we get hold of the draw for our Regional Final?
A: Contact your affiliated Union for the complete draw.

Q: Can a golfer use a golf cart?
A: Regional Finals: It is recommended that golf carts are not permitted. Check with host Union.
A: Final @ Sun City: No

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: Who qualifies?
A: The top 10 clubs that raise the most amount of money for CANSA will go into a lucky draw.

Q: What is the prize?
A: Memorabilia signed by our Champion of Hope, Ernie Els.

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: www.sanlamcancerchallenge.co.za/Competitions/Ernie 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.

Our Co-Sponsors

Tempest Car Hire

Proud sponsor partner with over 25 branches across SA, Tempest Car Hire offers Sanlam Cancer Challenge participants a minimum of 10% off the best online rates.

Sun International

Sun International is Africa’s largest tourism, leisure and gaming group with 27 resorts, luxury hotels and casinos across the continent, and in Latin America.

TaylorMade Golf

The same values TaylorMade was founded on 30 years ago by Gary Adams are still followed today, with the mission to create the best-performing golf products in the world.

Ernie Els

The Ernie Els Group encompasses a collection of interests that include charity organisations, a golf course design company, winery, a chain of restaurants and clothing, beverage and lifestyle brands.

DSV

DSV South Africa is an industry-leading non-asset based, global third-party logistics provider with a group of companies that provide end-to-end supply chain solutions.​

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Exciting Changes and NEWS for 2016:
We constantly strive to improve on our service delivery so you have less to worry about and therefore have streamlined our logistics for 2016.

All Club Registration Queries, Communication and Prize Delivery will be handled through one central office, headed up by Marya Roux and her Events Team, any queries can be directed to:

Carla Roux:
Tel: 021 762 3434 / 076 849 0053
Fax: 086 612 5969
Email: sanlamcancerchallenge@syner-g.co.za
(Queries desk available: 08h00 – 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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