January 10 2012
A trio of major champions -- Charl Schwartzel, Trevor Immelman and Louis Oosthuizen -- received honorary life membership on the Sunshine Tour at its annual awards dinner on Tuesday night in Johannesburg.
Schwartzel, the most recent of the three to win a major, also won the Commissioners Award for his contributions to South African golf in 2011. Schwartzel birdied the last four holes at Augusta National last April to follow Immelman as a Masters champion.
Immelman, who will get his PGA TOUR season under way at next week's Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, took to Twitter to express his appreciation. @TrevorImmelman Very humbled by the Honorary Lifetime Membership awarded to me by the Sunshine Tour today. :) #fb
Oosthuizen got a head start on 2012 when he successfully defended his title at last week's Africa Open. Schwartzel will try to do the same this week at the Joburg Open.
Garth Mulroy, the 33-year-old from Durban who graduated from N.C. State, picked up the Sid Brews award as the Order of Merit champ. He is a member of the PGA TOUR in 2012.