Team SA retain the WGC title, beat 40 nations to keep it local

2014-11-12 00:00

SOUTH Africa successfully defended their title on home soil at the 20th commemorative World Golfers Championship (WGC) at golf courses around KwaZulu-Natal last week.

The WGC is a platform for amateur golfers to experience a tour-like competition at an international level.

Forty global teams qualified for the WGC finals hosted in KwaZulu-Natal.

Meanwhile VIPs, prominent business people, sponsors and even global royalty battled it out in the Invitational. The tournaments were played simultaneously.

Team SA led the field from the get-go and played consistent golf over the 72 holes of the championship; ending up on 1 137 nett, 12 shots ahead of

second-placed Singapore, while Team U.S. finished third on 1 153 nett. South African team captain Arthur Mzimela was impressed with the standard of golf from all teams present.

“This year’s World Final saw competitive golf being played by all 45 countries that competed for both the Championship and Invitational titles,” he said.

The Invitational competition saw Team Malaysia take first place; Team U.S. claiming second place and Poland coming third.

Meanwhile, the Sven Tumba Classic, played over two days at Princes Grant Golf Estate and Beachwood Country Club, saw Malaysia’s Isac Saminathan and Sweden’s Patrik Hogland share the title.

“The 20th commemorative World Final has been an action-packed 10-day celebration of world-class golf and top notch gala events that formed a platform for golfers from all over the world to forge new friendships and take advantage of global business networking opportunities,” said Craig Clay-Smith, spokesperson for World Golf Events South Africa, the South African event owners and organisers.

Special mention must be made of Durban Country Club, Umhlali Country Club, Selborne Park Golf Club and Mount Edgecombe Country Club Course 1 that hosted golfers throughout the Championship.

In addition, R200 000 was donated to the Sven Tumba Fund from the Classic tournament proceeds. The Fund supports five disadvantaged schools in KwaZulu-Natal. The donation saw R50 000 go to the Ohlange High School in Howick, where the late Nelson Mandela cast his first vote.

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